Featured Matches
Previous
AS Roma
Manchester United
8:10 PM GMT
Game Details
New York Red Bulls
Arsenal
9:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Internazionale
Real Madrid
10:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Chicago
Tottenham Hotspur
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Houston
Aston Villa
1:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Toronto FC
Kansas City
11:00 PM GMT
Game Details
New England
Columbus
11:30 PM GMT
Game Details
RB Leipzig
Queens Park Rangers
2
0
FT
Game Details
Newport County
FC Carl Zeiss Jena
1
0
FT
Game Details
Accrington Stanley
Burnley
0
1
FT
Game Details
Barnsley
Hull City
1
1
FT
Game Details
Bath
Cheltenham Town
1
1
FT
Game Details
Bradford City
Blackburn Rovers
0
0
FT
Game Details
Chesham United
Stevenage
1
3
FT
Game Details
Chesterfield
Leeds United
2
2
FT
Game Details
Crewe Alexandra
Wolverhampton Wanderers
0
1
FT
Game Details
Dagenham & Redbridge
Colchester United
3
4
FT
Game Details
Ebbsfleet United
Portsmouth
3
0
FT
Game Details
Gillingham
Ipswich Town
0
2
FT
Game Details
Hyde
Altrincham
2
2
FT
Game Details
Kidderminster Harriers
Birmingham City
0
3
FT
Game Details
Luton Town
Antwerp
4
0
FT
Game Details
Northampton Town
Leyton Orient
0
1
FT
Game Details
Peterborough United
Brighton & Hove Albion
2
1
FT
Game Details
Rochdale
Middlesbrough
1
3
FT
Game Details
Scunthorpe United
Huddersfield Town
1
0
FT
Game Details
Tamworth
Rotherham United
2
1
FT
Game Details
Whitby
Hartlepool United
2
1
FT
Game Details
Woking
AFC Wimbledon
1
3
FT
Game Details
Workington
Carlisle United
0
2
FT
Game Details
Wycombe Wanderers
Reading
0
2
FT
Game Details
Brentford
Nice
3
2
FT
Game Details
TSV 1860 Munich
Stoke City
2
0
FT
Game Details
Braintree Town
Cambridge United
1
2
FT
Game Details
AS Roma
Manchester United
8:10 PM GMT
Game Details
New York Red Bulls
Arsenal
9:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Internazionale
Real Madrid
10:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Chicago
Tottenham Hotspur
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Houston
Aston Villa
1:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Arbroath
Alloa Athletic
1
4
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
Brora
Stenhousemuir
3
1
AET
Leg 1
Game Details
Cowdenbeath
Brechin City
1
3
AET
Leg 1
Game Details
Dunfermline Athletic
Raith Rovers
Postp
Game Details
East Fife
Forfar Athletic
2
1
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
East Stirlingshire
Falkirk
1
7
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
Elgin City
Stirling Albion
0
3
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
Montrose
Peterhead
0
3
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
Airdrie United
Albion Rovers
(2) 2
(4) 2
FT-Pens
Game Details
Clyde
Ayr United
2
0
FT
Game Details
Greenock Morton
Spartans
1
0
FT
Game Details
Heart of Midlothian
Annan Athletic
3
1
FT
Game Details
Queen of the South
Livingston
3
4
AET
Game Details
Stranraer
Dumbarton
3
2
FT
Game Details
Waasland-Beveren
Club Brugge
4:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Cercle Brugge KSV
KAA Gent
6:00 PM GMT
Game Details
KVC Westerlo
KSC Lokeren
6:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Lierse SK
KV Oostende
6:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Wolfsberger AC
Austria Vienna
4
0
FT
Game Details
FC Magna Wr. Neustadt
SV Salzburg
5:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Rapid Vienna
SV Josko Ried
5:00 PM GMT
Game Details
SC Rheindorf Altach
FC Trenkwalder Admira
5:00 PM GMT
Game Details
AaB
FC Midtjylland
2
0
FT
Game Details
FC Copenhagen
FC Nordsjaelland
5:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Malmo FF
Kalmar FF
3
1
FT
Game Details
Halmstad
Gefle IF
2
0
LIVE 81'
Game Details
Aalesund
Lillestrom
1
1
FT
Game Details
Sandnes Ulf
Stromsgodset
1
1
LIVE 81'
Game Details
Grasshoppers
FC Thun
3:45 PM GMT
Game Details
FC Sion Sitten
St Gallen
6:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Athlone Town FC
St Patricks
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Toronto FC
Kansas City
11:00 PM GMT
Game Details
New England
Columbus
11:30 PM GMT
Game Details
America
Tijuana
10:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Puebla
Veracruz
10:00 PM GMT
Game Details
U.A.N.L
León
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Pachuca
Monterrey
1:06 AM GMT
Game Details
Chiapas
Toluca
2:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Atlanta Silverbacks
Minnesota United FC
11:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Carolina RailHawks
Ottawa Fury FC
11:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Fort Lauderdale Strikers
New York Cosmos
11:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Tampa Bay Rowdies
San Antonio Scorpions
11:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Rosario Central
Juventud Unida Universitario
8:15 PM GMT
Game Details
Boca Juniors
Huracán
11:15 PM GMT
Game Details
Mérida
Oaxaca
11:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Zacatepec
Correcaminos
11:00 PM GMT
Game Details
At. San Luis
Dorados de Sinaloa
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Irapuato
Coras Tepic
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Celaya
Lobos BUAP
1:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Criciúma
EC Vitória
9:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Cruzeiro
Figueirense FC
9:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Santos FC
Chapecoense AF
9:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Bahia
Internacional
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
AA Ponte Preta
CR Vasco da Gama
7:20 PM GMT
Game Details
Goianiense
Náutico
7:20 PM GMT
Game Details
Joinville
Avaí
7:20 PM GMT
Game Details
Santa Cruz FC
Ceará
7:20 PM GMT
Game Details
Paraná Clube
ABC
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Sampaio Correa-MA
Vila Nova-GO
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Universidad de Concepción
Huachipato
0
0
LIVE 50'
Game Details
O'Higgins
Universidad de Chile
7:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Barnechea
Unión La Calera
10:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Unión Española
Universidad Católica
12:30 AM GMT
Game Details
Atlético Huila
Itagüí
8:15 PM GMT
Game Details
Envigado
Deportes Tolima
8:15 PM GMT
Game Details
La Equidad
Millonarios
10:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Uniautonoma
Atlético Junior
10:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Deportivo Pasto
Independiente Medellín
12:45 AM GMT
Game Details
AS Roma
Manchester United
8:06 PM GMT
Game Details
Internazionale
Real Madrid
10:00 PM GMT
Game Details
León de Huánuco
Cienciano del Cusco
5:00 PM GMT
Game Details
San Martin
UTC
8:00 PM GMT
Game Details
César Vallejo
Sporting Cristal
10:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Juan Aurich
Unión Comercio
1:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Sol de América
Libertad
7:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Sportivo Luqueño
Rubio Ñú
9:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Comunicaciones
Coatepeque
10:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Marquense
Suchitepequez
2:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Xelaju
Penarol
2:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Chicago Red Stars
Houston Dash
6:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Next

Marcotti: A tournament to remember

World Cup Jul 14, 2014
Read
 Posted by Iain Macintosh
Jun 25, 2014

Messi of old looks ready for a fight

The ESPN FC crew discuss all of the talking points of Matchday 14 and question whether Argentina are too dependent on their star forward.

Something is stirring in the Argentina camp. Something small, something special, something that keeps vomiting everywhere whenever it gets nervous. But Lionel Messi has little to be nervous about now. He is growing in strength with every game. Two more goals against Nigeria took his tally to four, bringing him level with Brazilian golden boy Neymar. The game's afoot.

Messi's poor first half performance against Bosnia-Herzegovina was masked by a goal of stunning quality in the second. Another flat display against Iran was ignored because the Barcelona man swirled in a goal so beautiful that it returned home to find dozens of marriage proposals from wealthy businessmen piled up on the doormat. But Messi's all-around game was better against Nigeria, he looked calmer and more at ease with himself. And of course, he scored twice.

NigeriaNigeria
ArgentinaArgentina
2
3
ESPN, ESPN3 FT
Match 43
Game Details

It hasn't been an easy year for Messi. Alongside obvious factors like missing out on silverware, for both team and individual, there was the death of Tito Villanova, Barcelona's hugely popular former manager and coach. There was the distraction of his much publicised tax issues and there have been, for the first time in so long, niggling injury problems that reduced him to 46 appearances in all competitions, a none-too-shabby total, but his lowest for six years. You sense that he needs this World Cup as much as his team needs him. Finally, he looks capable of fulfilling everyone's ambitions. Coach Alejandro Sabella was even able to withdraw him on the hour, denying him a hat trick, but keeping him fit and fresh for the second round clash against Switzerland.

Messi's four goals at the 2014 World Cup tie him with Neymar for top goal-scoring honors. This could get interesting.

For a World Cup that has given us so many surprises, you wonder now if it might slowly turn into the battle we all expected. Brazil versus Argentina. Messi versus Neymar. If it does, both men look ready for the challenge.


A word though for Nigeria, who had the temerity to oppose what seemed a relentless Argentine parade. Stephen Keshi's team were subjected to intense criticism, with some justification, after their dire goalless draw with Iran, but they've responded superbly. A Bosnian side better than their scorelines suggest were put down by a single goal and Argentina were never allowed to relax, even when it became obvious that both teams were going through anyway. There's a lot of character in this team. They'll need every ounce of it against the French.


Not that the French did anything to heighten their reputation against Ecuador. Even when Antonio Valencia was sent off in the second half, Didier Deschamps' much-altered team were unable to make the breakthrough. There's certainly some strength in depth in their squad, but the ideal first XI that Deschamps had in his head is unlikely to have been dramatically altered by this display.

- Marcotti: Deschamps manages French expectations
- Darke: Obrigado to Brazil's World Cup
- ESPN FC TV: Are Argentina too reliant on Messi?
- Messi and Argentina are focused on winning it all

Hats off to Xherdan Shaqiri. Switzerland knew that they might have to win and win big, just in case of an Ecuador victory and the Bayern Munich playmaker took on the challenge single-handedly. A swift hat trick has propelled him to joint second in the top goalscorers table, albeit alongside six other people.

Absolute Cracker
Xherdan Shaqiri's hat trick got him back in the thick of the Golden Boot battle and probably garnered a good amount of attention from a few club sides for next season as well.

More pertinently, those clubs who were alerted to the sound of his please-come-and-buy-me shouts before the tournament have now seen what he can do under pressure. If Liverpool, thought to be the front runners, don't make a bid, someone else will soon.


The good news: Just a single point will book the United States' passage from one of the most difficult groups to an entirely winnable second round. The bad news: They have to take it from Germany. For all the talk of cosy agreements between old friends, don't expect Joachim Low to do Jurgen Klinsmann too many favours. The German FA are still stained by a similar scenario, played out with Austria in 1982 at the expense of Algeria. They won't want to be seen to make that mistake again. If the U.S. do this, they have do it the hard way. Elsewhere, Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal must beat Ghana and beat them well if they're to have even a chance of surviving. Don't hold out much hope there either.


For the first time in this World Cup, Group H actually looks quite interesting. This miserable pool offered little in the way of entertainment until Algeria's rip-roaring victory over South Korea on Sunday, but every team has something to play for on the final day. Belgium need a point to seal top spot, and if they get it, it'll be a straight fight between Russia and Algeria for second. For all the permutations, ESPN FC's giant-brain-in-a-jar Dale Johnson has everything you need here.

Iain Macintosh

Iain Macintosh is a U.K. football correspondent for The New Paper in Singapore, writer for ESPN and co-author of "Football Manager Stole My Life" from @backpagepress. You can follow him on Twitter @iainmacintosh.

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.