Switzerland`s Xherdan Shaqiri erased his side`s lingering World Cup pain in Manaus on Wednesday, scoring a hat-trick to see off Honduras 3-0 and secure a daunting last-16 tie against Lionel Messi`s Argentina.
France and Ecuador drew 0-0 in their final World Cup Group E game on Wednesday to send the French into the last 16 as group winners and eliminate their opponents due to Switzerland`s 3-0 win over Honduras.
There is a lot in a name and from Italy`s Ciro Immobile to Carlo Costly of Honduras, the ongoing FIFA World Cup has thrown up some hilarious ones, which can provide instant comic relief to football fans irrespective of their performance on the field.
Former champions France should put underdogs Honduras to the sword in their World Cup Group ‘E’ opener here on Sunday — although their penchant for self-destruction gives the Central Americans hope of an upset.
England captain Steven Gerrard believes the talented youngsters who have broken into the World Cup squad have helped create a more confident atmosphere for Brazil than was apparent in South Africa four years ago.