Italy shockingly got sent home yesterday. Will today, June 25, see yet another European powerhouse pack their bags? It’ll all be on the line for the up-and-coming Swiss as they face off against Honduras and hope to advance out of Group E along with France. And did we mention that the best player on the planet will be on the pitch today? Catch all the action on the live stream below!
The 2014 World Cup just keeps getting better and better. After a Uruguay-Italy elimination match that was filled with drama (thanks mostly to Luis Suarez taking a chomp out of Giogio Chiellini‘s shoulder), things are raring up once again as France, Switzerland, Ecuador, Honduras, Nigeria, and Iran all fight to keep their World Cup dreams alive. And oh yeah, Lionel Messi will also be taking the field after scoring two stunning goals in his last two games. Interested? Watch below!
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Here’s the soccer you can look forward to today:
12:00 p.m. ET — Nigeria Vs. Argentina
For Lionel Messi and Argentina, they’re only fighting to win Group F — they’ve already clinched a spot in the Round of 16. But if they lose to Nigeria, the African Super Eagles will take the group’s top spot. And Argentina needs to watch out because Nigeria will be motivated — with a loss and an Iran win, their World Cup hopes will be in doubt, so you know they’ll be emptying their tank in an effort to avoid that uncertain fate.
12:00 p.m. ET — Bosnia and Herzegovina Vs. Iran
Like I just said, Iran needs to win this game. If they don’t, they’re out and Nigeria and Argentina will advance. Bosnia and Herzegovina, who have already been eliminated, have nothing to play for, unless they really want to be jerks and spoil Iran’s chances (I wouldn’t blame them).
4:00 p.m. ET — Honduras Vs. Switzerland
Group E is only one of two World Cup groups in which all four teams still had a chance to advance to the Round of 16 after two games, so both of these 4 p.m. games carry massive implications. Although, Honduras is only technically still in it — they’ll need to destroy Switzerland today and hope that Ecuador gets destroyed by France. The chances of this happening are slim, but crazier things have already happened in this World Cup. The more likely storyline to watch in this game is Switzerland’s struggle to survive. Tied in points with Ecuador but trailing in the goal differential tiebreaker, they’ll need to get some points out of their game and hope that Ecuador gets none. If not, a team that came into this tournament with extremely high hopes will be eliminated.
4:00 p.m. ET — Ecuador Vs. France
With a three-point lead in the Group E standings and an even bigger lead in goal differential, France’s spot in the Round of 16 is all but guaranteed, so let’s talk Ecuador. As I said, they’ve got the slight edge on Switzerland — with a win, they’ll almost certainly go through — which would be nice, except they’re playing France today, who has looked like one of the strongest teams in the field so far. It’s going to take an inspiring effort to get a good result from this game for that reason. Unfortunately for them, I predict that France and Switzerland will be the ones moving on at the end of the day.
What do you think though? Let me know and don’t forget to watch the live stream above (Note: to stream the World Cup on ESPN, you must have a cable subscription).
— Andrew Gruttadaro