Some fantastic goals, some sparkling performances, some nerve wracking finishes, and a cocktail of flamboyant yet tactically sound displays which left us craving for more, the 2014 FIFA World Cup will go down in the history books as one of the best in recent times. And today, we rewind the clock and look back at the Top 5 Moments from the World Cup in Samba land.
1. The Flying Dutchman
Robin van Persie scored arguably the most graceful goal one is ever likely to see as he went into ‘Superman’ mode and headed home the cross field ball from Daley Blind with pinpoint precision as Iker Casillas, who was off his line and in no man’s land, could only stand and admire as the ball sailed into the net. No wonder they call him ‘The Flying Dutchman’.
2. 7-1 – a result that left a nation in mourning!
Defenceless, helpless, clueless are some of the appropriate words to describe the Brazilian team‘s performances against the most powerful footballing force on the planet in the form of Germany. The 7-1 demolition job is the most one sided scoreline in the semi-final stage of the whole world cup history and Brazil’s proud footballing culture was ripped to shreds in a matter of half an hour as the Germans raced to a 5-0 lead before the Brazilians could even settle into the game.
3. Mariooooooooo Goetzeeeeeeee!!!!!!
Mario Goetze justified all the early hype surrounding him as he came off the bench to score a 113th minute winner against Argentina to became a life-long German hero. The goal was reminiscent of Andres Iniesta‘s 117th minute strike against the Dutch to send the Soccer City stadium into an exultant explosion four years back.
4. Miroslav Klose – A legend and a record that will take some beating!
To surpass Ronaldo‘s tally of 15 goals in Ronaldo’s home country against the same nation at the biggest stage of them all is what dreams, and err, editorial columns are made of. And while Klose‘s moment of personal glory might have been overshadowed by the German onslaught, it would take some doing to beat Klose’s record. Maybe his teammate Thomas Mueller can do something about it.
5. Luis Suarez – What do you do when you’re in the mood for some Italian food?
As if the flesh of Otman Bakkal and Branislav Ivanovic weren’t enough, Luis Suarez had a sudden craving for Italian cuisine as he took to the field in Uruguay‘s final Group D fixture against Italy. The former Liverpool forward decided to sink his teeth into Giorgio Chiellini‘s shoulder and enjoyed an on-field snack. Upon reviewing footage of the incident, Suarez was handed a nine-match suspension, including a four month ban from all football activities.