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 By Chris Wright

World Cup's best moments caught in stunning birds-eye view photos

As if the World Cup couldn't get any more dramatic, AFP photographers have been going to great lengths -- or should that be heights? -- to capture the action from the most extreme of viewpoints.

For every game, AFP have been taking "top shots" of the players from atop the stadium roof, affording us the most wonderful, almost surreal, birds-eye view of the tournament.

Here are 10 of The Toe Poke's favourite images so far:

Argentina's Lionel Messi scored a stunning goal in their win over Nigeria.
Lionel Messi celebrates after opening the scoring against Nigeria.
Ricardo Quaresma in action for Portugal
Ricardo Quaresma scores a fabulous trivela against Iran.
Poland players in training
Poland players limber up for game against Colombia.
Switzerland international Xherdan Shaqiri
Xherdan Shaqiri roars to the heavens after Switzerland's win over Serbia.
Nigeria's Victor Moses
Victor Moses flips off after a penalty against Argentina.
England midfielder Fabian Delph
Fabian Delph stretches to control a ball against Panama.
Brazil's Neymar
Neymar writhes on the ground against Switzerland.
France midfielder Blaise Matuidi, left, and Peru midfielder Edison Flores.
Blaise Matuidi floats above Edison Flores.
Colombia players take part in a training session.
Colombia players warm up in Kazan ahead of their game against Russia.
Germany's Toni Kroos (not seen) scores on Sweden goalkeeper Robin Olsen.
Toni Kroos' brilliant free kick goes flying into the Sweden net.

Truly terrific stuff, and an absorbing collection of imagery that's all but certain to grow as the World Cup moves into the knockout phases.

Chris covers the funny side of the game for ESPN FC in the Toe Poke blog.


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