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World Cup Daily Digest: June 16th

Late goal, debut goal, and (kind of) controversial goal all happening yesterday. Plus the latest news and updates from the World Cup.

Paul Gilham
Day Four Results

Argentina and France make their debut in this year's tournament, while Bosnia make their World Cup debut, here's how they fare:

Switzerland 2 - Ecuador 1

Switzerland snatch all three point right at the dead just when it seems that this will be the first match in this World Cup to end in a draw. Haris Seferovic with the winning goal.

France 3 - Honduras 0

Honduras have to keep looking for their first ever World Cup win, as they were run ragged by a dangerous France side. Karim Benzema nearly scored a hat-trick, but France's second goal was credited as a Honduras own goal.

Argentina 2 - Bosnia and Herzegovina 1

Bosnia failed to shock Argentina in this first match from group F. Argentina went ahead as early as the third minute through an own goal before Lionel Messi adds a second. Vedad Ibisevic scored Bosnia's first ever World Cup goal.

Day Five Preview

Germany vs Portugal: The first game of the day will be the clash between two European heavyweights, who have to deal with injuries to key players in the build up to the tournament.

Iran vs Nigeria: A match that may lack the star power but it won't lack.. Ugh who am I kidding, let's hope its not a snooze fest.

USA vs Ghana: USA will be eager to avenge for their eliminations (yes that's plural) against Ghana in 2006 and 2010. A crucial match for both sides to pick up maximum points since they will be facing the two group favorites next.

Goalline technology causes confusion; will be reviewed

France's second goal against Honduras was called with the aid of the goal-line technology, however it cause confusion according to losing coach Luis Suarez, a sentiment shared by his counterpart Didier Deschamps.

FIFA will be reviewing the goal-line technology in order to improve the way decisions are broadcast to the viewers.

Argentina looking to improve

Both head coach Alejandro Sabella and skipper Lionel Messi agrees that Argentina can improve after their win against Bosnia. Argentina struggled to create a significant threat in the first half, and only improve slightly in the second.

Susic realistic about chance

Safet Susic, in charge of Bosnia's first ever World Cup match remains confident that his side still have a chance of qualifying citing that they "may only need four points to qualify".

Naivety cost Ecuador

Reinaldo Rueda believes that his side deserves at least a point against Switzerland, "We were naive and that cost us the game", said Ecuador's head coach.

Ronaldo declares self fit for Germany clash

Portugal's skipper Cristiano Ronaldo said that he is fully fit going into the match against Germany:

"I'd love to be 110 percent and but I am 100 percent and that is enough to help my team."
Low: Schweinsteiger and Neuer fit

Joachim Low has iterated that all 23 of his players is fit for their upcoming clash against Portugal, including Bastian Schweinsteiger and Manuel Neuer.

Hulk's injury not serious

The Brazilian striker did not complete his side training match on Sunday, but he insist that was merely "a precaution" and that he should be fully fit in the next two days.

De Gea injury concern

David de Gea has suffered a muscle injury in his buttocks and could be a doubt for upcoming games should he be needed.

Eto'o miss training for second straight day

Samuel Eto'o could not train for a second straight day due to a right knee injury. The veteran striker is playing in his fourth World Cup.

Croatia players refuse to talk to media

After a nude photo of the players in swimming pool were published by Croatian press, head coach Niko Kovac has defended his player and expressed his anger at the press.


Germany vs Portugal (kickoff: 17.00 BST)

Iran vs Nigeria (kickoff: 20.00 BST)

Ghana vs USA (kickoff: 23.00 BST)