The Rio Report

5 Crazy things you missed: Tim Howard’s greatest save yet – of himself

The Rio Report

Some of the best stories surrounding the World Cup come and go so quickly that they get lost in the avalanche - so we're here every day with out pick of the funniest, quirkiest tales that might well have passed you by.

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1. Tim Howard's greatest save yet - of himself, from a lunatic

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The USA goalkeeper doesn't quite stop everything - he did, after all, allow Belgium to score a couple of late goals in their last-16 clash.

But as the internet has proven beyond all reasonable doubt, he can stop almost anything - and he put those skills to good use when confronted by an enthusiastic, but apparently deranged fan who took his appreciation of the goalie a little too far.

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2. Breaking news! Girl forgets bikini

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(Pic: Maxim magazine - www.maxim.com)

On the one hand, we can understand this to an extent. It's a rest day, everyone's had their fill of football for the moment, and there's nothing going on except a bit of training and the odd pre-match press conference.

On the other hand, did the fact that Cristiano Ronaldo's girlfriend posed topless for a Maxim photo shoot really deserve to be the most widely published, and heavily viewed story across the various media covering Brazil 2014.

Of course not - not when there are so many amazing stories still to be told about Brazil. But there you go - some outlets will do anything to shoehorn this sort of story into their coverage. Absolutely shameless.

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3. He might be greatest new star to emerge from Brazil 2014. But he's still capable of being an annoying idiot.

James Rodriguez is not only the scourge of confused commentators across the globe - he's also a major stone in the shoe of his team-mates, if this Vine clip of him 'hilariously' pranking team-mate Pablo Armero is anything to go by,

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4. Revealed: The loudest World Cup fans on Facebook

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‘Loudest’ World Cup supporters revealed by Facebook

Proving that there's nothing in the world that can't be deconstructed into something more ludicrous via the use of pointless statistics, some company has worked out that Mexico fans are guilty of SHOUTING LOUDEST ON SOCIAL MEDIA WHEN THEIR TEAM HAVE SCORED AT THE WORLD CUP.

Ahem. Sorry about that. It all comes down to the number of extra letters that you add in to the word 'GOAL' when sharing the news with your friends.

Why do people do that, incidentally? If they're interested in the match, then they'll either be watching it or following a live text commentary on their phone or computer - so surely the message will only ever be an annoyance?

Anyway - here are the stats. England, you might notice, are right down the bottom. It could have been worse; we were perilously close to coming home without a single goal to our credit.

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5. The Luis Suarez nipple clamp

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Following on from yesterday's Luis Suarez-teeth bottle opener, today we have the Luis Suarez teeth nipple clamp.

You might have spotted that today, the part of 'nipple' has been played by 'index finger'.

But if you really want to see more pics of this new invention in situ - and we seriously don't advise it - then some NSFW pics are right here. Just don't click that link if the boss is about. Unless you work in a sex dungeon.

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