As we approach the end of the second round of group stage matches, groups are starting to pan out and teams are starting to go home. Spain and England are two of the major initial casualties with Costa Rica proving pre-tournament rankings can sometimes motivate teams to pull off huge results.
Here is the latest World Cup Boot Recap from day 10. As always, we are relying on your boot spots and any relevant news stories you can offer – hit up the comment section below with anything we might have missed.
Messi Does a Messi
How does a team featuring Messi, Aguero, Higuain, di Mario and Levezzi not score in 90minutes versus Iran? That was the case today until the little maestro stepped up and scored a peach of a goal in stoppage time. His personalized Messi F50 are getting plenty of attention thanks to his plaudits and are sure to sell thanks to this second World Cup group match winning goal.
Also, just to note that Iran’s performance deserved more from the game and it illustrates the power of this World Cup, where the unexpected has already happened on several occasions.
Boateng Brothers Square Off Again
Kevin Prince (Ghana) and Jerome (Germany) squared off in World Cup action today. It was the second time the brothers had lined up against each other internationally, just as they did at the last World Cup in South Africa. Both players had a quite game, and both were subbed off before the 55th minute in a game that was reminiscent of two heavyweight fighters slugging it through the final few rounds.
In the actual game, mid-cut collars were all the rage! At one point, more than 10 players on the pitch were wearing either the Magista Obra or the Mercurial Superfly, dominating the numbers on the pitch.
Then there is the legendary Miroslav Klose, who’s 71st minute goal leveled the World Cup goal scoring record. On his feet, Klose has taken an unusual route by wearing the Nike Hypervenom Phantom. Not quite the boot I would expect for a player with a no-nonsense, scrappy, get it done style of play, but he seems to be making the most of them.
Nigeria and Bosnia are at the World Cup
The only unusual spot in this game was that of Shola Ameobi, with the former Newcastle United striker sporting a pair of Puma King’s – one of the first players we have seen wearing them through the tournament. Nigeria’s winner in the 1-0 game was scored by Peter Odemwingie, who was wearing some Nike Superfly. On a side note, with a consecutive clean sheet, Nigeria along with Mexico are the only 2 remaining teams not to have conceded a goal at World Cup 2014.
The Boot Table continues to evolve and we are starting to see a pattern to the leaders on the list. Below is the updated list through game day #10 – where 6 goals were scored. We are also now upto 15 different goals that have participated in a finish of some sort.
Adidas adiZero F50: 22 goals, -1 own goal (4 headers)
Nike Mercurial Superfly: 14 goals (3 headers)
Adidas Predator Instinct: 8 goals (2 headers)
Nike Hypervenom Phantom: 7 goals(1 header)
Nike Mercurial Vapor X: 5 goals (3 headers)
Nike Magista Obra: 4 goals
Puma evoPOWER: 3 goals (1 header)
Nike Tiempo Legend: 3 goals, -2 own goals (2 header)
Puma evoSPEED: 2 goals (1 header)
Warrior Superheat: 2 goals (1 header)
Mizuno Wave Ignitus: 1 goal
Nike Magista Opus: 1 goal
Mizuno Morelia Neo: 1 goal
Warrior Gambler: 1 goal (1 header)
Adidas Nitrocharge: 1 goal