Ivory Coast's players gather around midfielder Serey Die (C) as he cries while his national anthem.
Don't believe a lot of what you read on Twitter. Especially when you don't have facts
It has been said before, but it should be said again: you need to check your facts before accepting what you read on Twitter. The curious case of Serey Die is one that won't be forgotten for a while. A rumour circulated on Twitter that Die had broke down in tears during the singing of his national anthem because his father had passed away two hours before kick-off. Some newspapers published it as truth before the Basel midfielder later released this statement. "Hello. I just wanted to say that all that is being said about the death of my father is false. He died in 2004. It was only the emotion of being Ivorian and to represent my country what made me cry. I never thought I'd see the day I'd play at this level. I would also like to apologize for my mistake today.. I know I have disappointed you and I will make it up to you. God bless you."
The best Die(ve) of the tournament
After all the tears subsided, a few people were in tears over Die's dive against the Colombians. Wasn't so much a dive as a tantrum when he realised the referee had blown his whistle for a foul. He proceeded to collapse with no-one near him before lying on the ground with his hands on his head. Amusing stuff in the cauldron of battle.
'Arry would have been a better choice than Hodgson
Sometimes football doesn't come down to great coaching, but how a coach gets on with his players. We just wonder what the outcome might have been if we had stepped back in time and it was Harry Redknapp running the team, not Roy Hodgson. Hodgson is a fine coach and a nice bloke, but Harry would have been more in touch with the dressing room. A couple of defeats might have been draws if Redknapp was running the show. Maybe he should get the nod when Hodgson goes.
Colombia continue to miss the injured Radamel Falcao
There is a growing feeling that Colombia could be among the 'dark horses' to win this World Cup. What their 2-1 win over Ivory Coast showed is that they have players and the support to offer up a realistic challenge. But they don't have the injured Radamel Falcao. There were a couple of chances in Brasilia that Falcao would surely have taken. It might not be costly now, but it could be pivotal when we reach the knock-out stages.
England are doomed even if they somehow make it through
There is more chance of Alan Shearer and Gary Lineker coming out of retirement than England reaching the last 16. But if the miracle does happen, and Roy Hodgson's side somehow make it out Group D, they are surely done for with Colombia probably lying in wait in the last 16. That won't be a comfortable ride. But that is unlikely to happen. Italy need to win their final two matches against Costa Rica and Uruguay. England need to beat Costa Rica. Goal difference needs to work in their favour. Too many ifs to be believable.
The Premier League is only a league based in England, not an English league
Some people continue to wonder why England struggle when the country plays host to the richest league in the world. All England's failures against Italy and Uruguay remind us is that while the Premier League is England, it does not contain too many English players. Otherwise England wouldn't be staring elimination in the face at the first hurdle. It is a league built on outstanding foreign players. Like Luis Suarez.
Konstantinos Mitroglou needs a new personal trainer
It would be interesting to sit down and share a Costa with Kostas. After sealing a £12 million deal from Olympiacos to Fulham in January, he turned out only three times as the London club were relegated. He started Greece's fairly dire Group C match with Japan - a 0-0 draw that leaves both teams staring at the exit door - but lasted just ovr 30 before he disappeared with what seemed like his latest injury. We suggest this guy needs to get a new trainer or something. He has chocolate ankles. Or something.
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