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World Cup live blog: June 25

June 25, 2014

Two games at noon, Nigeria vs. Argentina and Bosnia vs. Iran, followed by two at 4, Ecuador vs. France and Honduras vs. Switzerland.

Viewer’s guide, TV listings for today’s games | Advancement scenarios for Groups E and F  |  Streaming coverage  |  Full coverage

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What a day of action it’s been, from the expected (Lionel Messi just being Lionel Messi) to the unexpected (did Cristian Noboa really return to the pitch with a bloodied head in a hair net? Yes!). Get the quick version of everything you missed in by clicking here for the recap and we’ll see you here again tomorrow.

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Paul Pogba (Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images)

Paul Pogba (Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images)

Despite several opportunities on goal from both sides (France had 14!), no one was able to connect. Things worked out fine for France, who were already at the top of their group, but Ecuador needed the win for a chance to advance. Here’s how the full stats shook out:

Ecuador France
0 Goals 0
0 Assists 0
10 Shots 21
6 Shots on Goal 14
10 Saves 3
0 Penalties Scored 0
0 Penalty Kicks 0
7 Crosses 33
1 Corner Kicks 7
1 Offside 1
17 Fouls Committed 6
1 Cautions/Yellow Cards 0
1 Red Cards 0
40% Ball Possession 60%

Combined with a decisive Swiss win, France and Switzerland will be the two teams moving on in the first and second spots for Group E, respectively. That means their next matches will be as follows: France will go against Nigeria on June 30, and Switzerland will face Argentina on July 1. Both games will take place at noon EST.

  • Kelyn Soong
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(Luis Acosta/AFP/Getty Images)

(Luis Acosta/AFP/Getty Images)

The Swiss are moving on to the knockout stage after beating Honduas, 3-0. The hero of the match was 22-year-old Xherdan Shaqiri, who scored three goals for the second hat trick of the tournament and 50th in World Cup history.

Full Time
Honduras
0
3
Switzerland
0-1 X. Shaqiri  6′
0-2 X. Shaqiri  31′
0-3 X. Shaqiri  71′
HT: 0-2
Arena Amazonia
Team Stats
Honduras Switzerland
0 Goals 3
0 Assists 3
13 Shots 16
6 Shots on Goal 13
10 Saves 6
0 Penalties Scored 0
0 Penalty Kicks 0
15 Crosses 8
8 Corner Kicks 1
0 Offside 2
17 Fouls Committed 18
1 Cautions/Yellow Cards 0
0 Red Cards 0
60% Ball Possession 40%
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 Christian Noboa (Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Christian Noboa (Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Cristian Noboa and his funny cap exited and Felipe Caicedo came on. Ecuador also switched out Michael Arroyo for Gabriel Achilier.

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In the 87th minute, Blerim Dzemaili comes in for Xherdan Shaqiri, who scored a hat trick in the match, the second of the World Cup after Germany’s Thomas Muller.

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In the 87th minute, Blerim Dzemaili comes in for Xherdan Shaqiri, who scored a hat trick in the match, the second of the World Cup after Germany’s Thomas Muller.

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Despite the onslaught of attacks coming from the 11-man French team, the Ecuadorian goalkeeper is doing a great job keeping things equal for his 10-man team.

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Despite the onslaught of attacks coming from the 11-man French team, the Ecuadorian goalkeeper is doing a great job keeping things equal for his 10-man team.

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But not the goal. Good thing the Europeans don’t need the win to move on.

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Alexandria, Virginia native Andy Najar enters the game for Honduras. The 21-year-old attended Edison High School in Alexandria and played for D.C. United from 2010-2013.

Andy Najar is on the left. (AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE)

Andy Najar, left, in action. (AFP PHOTO/FRANCK FIFE)

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Antoine Griezmann (Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images)

Antoine Griezmann (Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images)

Loic Remy came on for Antoine Griezmann.

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Juan Carlos Garcia of Honduras kicks the ball. (Andres Stapff/Reuters)

Juan Carlos Garcia of Honduras kicks the ball. (Andres Stapff/Reuters)

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(REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci)

(REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci)

Switzerland’s Xherdan Shaqiri scores a hat trick to put his team up 3-0 over Honduras.

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Olivier Giroud (Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Olivier Giroud (Clive Rose/Getty Images)

The crowd popped a bit, signifying their excitment to see the Arsenal star in action. Blaise Matuidi exited the pitch. 

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Jefferson Montero (Antonio Lacerda /EPA)

Jefferson Montero (Antonio Lacerda /EPA)

Smartly, Ecuador’s team, which is currently down a man thanks to Valencia’s red card foul, waited until three-fourths of the match was over before introducing fresh legs. We’ll see if switching out Jefferson Montero for Renato Ibarra can make a difference.

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(Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images)

(Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images)

Mamadou Sakho came out because of an injury and Raphael Varane took his place. Ecuador has all three of its substitutions left.

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Lucas Digne’s shin is lucky to be in tact.

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Cristhian Noboa and France's Bacary Sagna go for a header. (Andrew Medichini/AP)

Cristhian Noboa and France’s Bacary Sagna go for a header. (Andrew Medichini/AP)

And it’s not yet soaked in blood from his open head wound! World Cup, you’re doing great.

Noboa, however, is not. He just squandered what might’ve been Ecuador’s biggest opportunity to score. He kicked toward and empty net and missed.

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Wait, so there’s two Luis Suarezes at the World Cup? Yep, in addition to the Uruguay’s controversial soccer player, the coach of the Honduras national team is also named Luis Suarez. Go figure.

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