Ecuador have never drawn a match at the World Cup finals (won 3, drawn 0, lost 4). pic.twitter.com/ZdanTvjAmQ
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) June 15, 2014
Brendan Darr of The Post’s Fancy Stats blog has an analytical take on Tim Howard, who has extended the American tradition of cranking out talented goalkeepers. Click the link to read why he deserves to be considered among the best at his postion at the World Cup.
— ITV Football (@itvfootball) June 15, 2014
The crowd is overwhelmingly in Ecuador’s favor.
But Swiss goalkeeper Diego Benaglio, who trained with high-tech “strobe glasses,” shut it down.
The Daily Mail writes:
“The strobe glasses, used across a variety of sports, are designed to heighten the concentration of athletes as they try to execute skills in spite of the devices’ disco-like distractions. The wearer must focus on what they’re doing while the light gets lighter, darker and flashes. “
So far, it looks like they worked.
Fritz Hahn of the Going Out Guide has the latest edition of the World Cup Brunch. Click the link to find out where to watch the World Cup on weekends and what to eat and drink while there.
A note for fans of Italy: The Peroni will taste especially good today at the Queen Vic on H Street NE — the English pub is serving a keg of the Italian beer after losing a bet with its neighbor Vendetta over Saturday’s Group D showdown.
Team Ecuador is playing for more than just the trophy this year. They’re playing for the memory of star striker Christian Benitez, who died suddenly in July of heart failure. He was playing for a team in Qatar.
Not only did this devastate the team’s spirit, but also Ecuador’s technical offensive ability. You can bet players like the two Valencias, Enner and Antonio, will be trying as hard as they can to get three points for Ecuador today.
It should be a good game today in Brasilia.
Swiss midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri struggled for playing time for Bayern Munich in the German Bundesliga but could be the difference maker for Switzerland. He is at 100 percent passing so far.
He floated away from his defender and gets one past the Swiss keeper Diego Benaglio. Maybe those fancy glasses didn’t work for the Swiss man after all…
A jumping header!