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World Cup live blog: June 20

June 20, 2014

Games kick off at noon with Italy vs. Costa Rica, followed by Switzerland vs. France at 3 p.m. and Honduras vs. Ecuador at 6 p.m.

Viewer’s guide to today’s games | Full tournament schedule and TV listings  |  Streaming coverage  |  Full tournament coverage

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Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Click the following link for a quick rundown of what you might have missed Friday at the World Cup.

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Scoring Summary

HON – Carlo Costly, 31′
ECU – Enner Valencia, 34′
ECU – Enner valencia, 65′

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With his two goals tonight, Enner Valencia joins a pretty solid group.

Ecuador leads Honduras, 2-1, in the 75th minute.

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Enner Valencia is a bad, bad man. His perfect header of a free kick from Reinaldo Rueda gives Ecuador a 2-1 lead over Honduras in the 65th minute. Valencia has scored both of Ecuador’s goals.

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(Matthias Hangst/Getty)

Uruguay’s Luis Suarez celebrates his game-winning goal against England. (Matthias Hangst/Getty)

When Luis Suarez scored his second goal in Uruguay’s 2-1 win over England on Thursday, cameras captured a Scotland fan in the stands celebrating with the Uruguayan crowd.

The fan, who was the topic of much discussion on Twitter, has been identified.

Via BBC News:

A mystery Scot who caused a social media storm after celebrating Uruguay’s winning goal against England has been named as Mark McConville from Glasgow.

The 41-year-old, who was dressed in the Scotland away top and a tartan hat and ginger wig, was seen on TV waving a Saltire and cheering with Uruguay fans.

Mr McConville has been doing charity work in Brazil, donating football strips to children.

He was criticised by some England fans after their team lost 2-1.

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There was some excitement in stoppage time, as Honduras appeared to take a 2-1 lead. The goal was disallowed by a handball. Honduras appeared offsides, too.

Solid tweet right here.

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It’s 1-1 as we approach halftime after Honduras’ Carlo Costly and Ecuador’s Enner Valencia scored three minutes apart.

(Henry Romero/Reuters)

(Henry Romero/Reuters)

(Darren Staples/Reuters)

(Darren Staples/Reuters)

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Enner Valencia redeems himself after an earlier miss by poking a cross past the Honduras keeper in the 34th minute.

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Honduras, which was closing in on the longest goal-less drought in World Cup history, has taken a 1-0 lead on a nice shot by Carlo Costly. It was Honduras’ first goal since the 1982 World Cup (more than 400 minutes of game action).

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Decent chances for both sides in the first 28 minutes, including this shot by Ecuador’s Enner Valencia.

These fans eagerly await the game’s first goal.

(Julian Finney/Getty)

(Julian Finney/Getty)

(Matthias Hangst/Getty)

(Matthias Hangst/Getty)

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FTW’s Mike Foss provides a behind-the-scenes look at how Google has stepped up its Doodle game for the World Cup. Here’s a look at today’s Google Doodle:

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Go Honduras!

(Stefano Rellandini/Retuers)

(Stefano Rellandini/Retuers)

Go Ecuador!

(Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters)

(Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters)

Here’s to a draw!

(Jesus Diges/EPA)

(Jesus Diges/EPA)

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Honduras lost its first game of the World Cup, 3-0, to France. Ecuador blew a 1-0 lead against Switzerland, which scored in stoppage time for a 2-1 win. Both teams are in desperate need of a victory in today’s final match.

Good to know: Ecuador’s coach, Reinald Rueda, used to coach Honduras. Honduras’ coach, Luis Fernando Suarez, used to coach Ecuador.

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Goal Summary:

FRA – Olivier Giroud (#9) 17′
FRA – Blaise Matuidi (#14) 18′
FRA – Mathieu Valbuena (#8) 40′
FRA – Karim Benzema (#10) 67′
FRA – Moussa Sissoko (#18) 73′
SUI – Blerim Džemaili (#15) 81′
SUI – Granit Xhaka (#10) 87′

There were seven different goal scorers, which hasn’t happened very often in World Cup history.

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Granit Xhaka scores for Switzerland in the 87th minute to cut France’s lead to 5-2.

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Too little too late? Most likely. It’s 5-1 France with less than 10 minutes to play after a beautiful free kick by Blerim Dzemaili.

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France, which just came oh-so-close to scoring a sixth goal, is enjoying its greatest offensive explosion in a World Cup match in nearly 60 years.

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Moussa Sissoko makes it 5-0 France. Guess which brilliant World Cup live blogger picked Switzerland to win or draw in his office pool?

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