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World Cup Roundup: Messi shines again; Switzerland's Shaqiri joins the fun

June 26, 2014 08:39 IST

World Cup Roundup: Messi shines again; Switzerland's Shaqiri joins the fun

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Argentina’s Lionel Messi continued his World Cup dual with Neymar by scoring twice in a 3-2 win over Nigeria while Switzerland’s Xherdan Shaqiri got in on the act with a magnificent hat-trick in a 3-0 win over Honduras on Wednesday.

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Two days after Neymar scored twice in Brazil’s 4-1 win over Cameroon on Monday, Messi replied with a brace of his own to leave the pair as joint top scorers at the tournament with four goals.

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In Porto Alegre, Messi lashed in a rebound after three minutes but Nigeria equalised a minute later with a superb finish by Ahmed Musa. But Messi was not to be outdone and curled in a brilliant 20-metre freekick in first-half stoppage time.

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Image: Lionel Messi of Argentina celebrates scoring his team's second goalwith Ezequiel Lavezzi
Photographs: Ian Walton/Getty Images

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Shaqiri hat-trick steers Swiss into last 16

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Switzerland's Xherdan Shaqiri erased his side's lingering World Cup pain in Manaus on Wednesday, scoring a hat-trick to see off Honduras 3-0 and secure a daunting last-16 tie against Lionel Messi's Argentina.

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Four years ago the Central Americans denied Switzerland a place in the knockout rounds by holding out for a 0-0 draw but two first-half goals from the impressive Bayern Munich player gave Honduras a mountain to climb.

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Image: Switzerland's Xherdan Shaqiri celebrates his second goal
Photographs: Andres Stapff/Reuters

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Goalless draw leaves France top; eliminates Ecuador

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Ten-man Ecuador bravely held France to a 0-0 draw at Rio's Maracana stadium on Wednesday but the European favourites still topped Group E to gain a second round tie against Nigeria.

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Through luck, determination, bad finishing and brilliant goalkeeping by Alexander Dominguez, Ecuador resisted even after captain and Manchester United winger Antonio Valencia was ordered off early in the second half for a studs up challenge on Lucas Digne.

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Image: France's Olivier Giroud, centre, tries to score past Ecuador's goalkeeper Alexander Dominguez
Photographs: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

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Bosnia beat Iran but eliminated

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Bosnia beat Iran 3-1 in their Group F finale on Wednesday to record their first World Cup win and deny the West Asians any chance of reaching the knockout stage.

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Already eliminated after two losses, Bosnia, appearing at a major tournament for the first time as an independent nation, went ahead in the 23rd minute through Edin Dzeko.

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Image: Edin Dzeko of Bosnia and Herzegovina, center, celebrates scoring his team's first goal
Photographs: Jamie McDonald/Getty Images

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Nigeria, first African team to reach last 16

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Nigeria scraped through behind already-qualified Argentina, becoming the first African team to reach the last 16 at this tournament, while Switzerland also qualified along with France, who drew 0-0 with Ecuador.

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While Nigeria celebrated qualification, there was less joy for African elsewhere as Ghana became embroiled in a row over appearance fees on the eve of their decisive Group G match against Portugal which needed the intervention of President John Mahama.


Image: Ahmed Musa of Nigeria celebrates scoring his team's first goal
Photographs: Jeff Gross/Getty Images

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