Live 2014 FIFA World Cup Commentary for June 15

Argentina vs. Bosnia and Herzegovina 2014 FIFA World Cup

Argentina 2, Bosnia and Herzegovina 1

Sead Kolasinac (own goal), Argentina (3′)

Lionel Messi, Argentina (65′)

Vedad Ibisevic, Bosnia and Herzegovina (84′)

4:53 pm: Make sure to tune back in tomorrow morning at 8 am Pacific as I will be back to cover the match between Germany and Portugal. Coverage of the second match is still pending right now but Phil Naegely will take you home with the ever important United States vs. Ghana match tomorrow afternoon. Have a great evening and we will see you back tomorrow morning.


90+4′: And there is the final whistle with Argentina taking all three points after a 2-1 victory over Bosnia and Herzegovina.

90+3′: A poor cross from Ermin Bicakcic will likely end this match with just seconds remaining.

90+2′: Messi with a chance that goes outside of the post.

90+1′: 3 minutes of stoppage time.

90′: Dzeko gives away possession on a Bosnia buildup. Stoppage Time remaining for Bosnia.

88′: Argentina Sub: Sergio Aguero (Out), Lucas Biglia (In)

86′: Bosnia is pressing more offensively now that they have momentum.


78′: Messi finds Higuain behind the defense but his back header is over the bar out for a goal kick.

75′: Messi feeds Di Maria with a lovely ball but his cross is too high to cause any damage

74′: Bosnia Sub: Zvjezdan Misimovic (Out), Haris Medunjanin (In)

71: Bosnia Sub: Izet Hajrovic (Out), Edin Visca (In)

69′: Bosnia Sub: Mensur Mujdza (Off), Vedad Ibisevic (In)

67′: Another beautiful attack from Argentina but the shot is wild and wide.

65′: GGGOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAALLLLL!!!! LIONEL MESSI!!!! It’s is textbook Messi with his famous footwork through the middle of the park before banking the shot in off the post. Bravo sir.

64′: Messi with a poor free kick. He is still struggling mightily during this match.

63′: Sergio Ageuro earns a free kick after a difficult challenge from Emir Spahic. Spahic earns a yellow card.

60′: Argentina swarms the Bosnian box but the pass to Messi is stopped by Begovic. Besic with a long-distance effort on the other end that goes over the bar.

58′: Dangerous ball whipped in by Hajrovic headed out by Fernandez who cut in front of a charging Romero.

55′: Finally some combination play by ArgentinaMessi finds Aguero open but the shot is high and wide. He claims it was deflected, it wasn’t.

54′: Hajrovic gets another shot off but once again it is gathered by Romero.

52′: Bosnia with some very high pressure as they start to find space with in the Argentina defense.

50′: Hajrovic gets the shot around the wall but it is gathered by Romero.

49′: Bosnia earns a free kick from 28 yards out. It looked like a good challenge from Federico Fernandez

4:03 pm: Argentina subs: Maxi Rodriguez & Hugo Campagnaro (Out),  Gonzalo Higuain & Fernando Gago (In) 

4:01 pm: Even though Bosnia is behind, they have had the better chances, eventually one of these times they will convert.

3:55 pm: If you are an Argentina fan, are you satisfied with what you have seen in the first half? It feels like they are just depending on Lionel Messi to generate all of the buildup by dribbling through the defense. They need to start looking for combination plays to spring runs behind the defense.

45+2′: The first half has come to an end with the score: Argentina 1, Bosnia and Herzegovina 0

45+1′: One minute of stoppage time here in the first half.

43′: A nice buildup is wasted as Muhamed Besic sends a shot well wide of the target.

41′: SAVE!!! Senad Lulic gets a rocket header off of the corner kick but Sergio Romero gets down quickly to maintain the Argentina lead.

38′: Nice sportsmanship between Bicakcic and Aguero

37′: Sergio Aguero takes a rough knock to the side of the head. He is just getting to his feet.

36′: Bosnia gets a ball into Lulic but his first touch betrays him and it’s out for a goal kick.

33′: MISS! Dzeko finds some space at the top of the box but he just gets underneath the ball sailing it over the top of the bar.

32′: SAVE! Javier Mascherano with a drive but Begovic is equal to the task.

31′: Maxi Rodriguez takes a shot from distance but it does not bother Begovic sailing over the bar for a goal kick.

29′: Lulic sneaks behind the defense but is about a yard offside

26′: Free kick pinballs around the box but falls to defensive feet to be cleared. Bosnia stuffs the counter-attack and maintains possession the offensive third. Misimovic plays a ball into the box towards Dzeko but it is too far over his head and out for a throw.

25′: The first booking of the match goes to Marcos Rojo for a late challenge on Mujdza. Free kick to Bosnia.

24′ Tough clash of number fours as Emir Spahic gets the better of Pablo Zabaleta

23′: Long ball over the top looking for the running Kolasinac but the ball is just too far ahead of him, out for a goal kick.

21′: Besic with a great close down on Messi as the forward was winding up for a shot.

20′: Ole’s from the neutral Brazilian support as Bosnia sustains possession, probing to find some space in the Argentina defense.

18′: Messi is just not having a good game so far. I’m not sure if he has completed a pass yet.

17′: Chance for Bosnia as the deflected cross falls just behind the cutting runner and is cleared out of danger. Argentina gets a free kick for a hand ball along the sidelines.

14′: Pjanic puts a free kick right into the wall and Argentina clears.

12′: Argentina is taking the game to Bosnia, who continue to struggle to sustain even tiny amounts of possession. This sequence may be the most consecutive possession that Bosnia has had.

9′: Mascherano gives away a simple ball and then fouls Dzeko.

7′: SAVE! Romero tested in goal after a short corner. The cross was right at the Argentine keeper.

5′: Bosnia is back on their heels and now down a goal. This does not look good for Asmir Begovic and company.

3′: GOAL!!! AN OWN GOAL!!! Sead Kolasinac puts the free kick into his own net. It is 1-0 Argentina.

1′: Argentina kicks off going from left-to-right on your keyboard

2:59 pm: You’d think we were in Buenos Aires with all of the powder blue and white around the stadium.

2:58 pm: A proud moment for Bosnia hearing their anthem played before a World Cup match for the first time ever.

2:55 pm: The noise is incredible as the teams emerge onto the pitch. The anthems are next!

2:54 pm: Argentina will be wearing their classic white and light blue shirts with white shorts and with socks. Bosnia will be wearing their all-blue kits from head to toe.

2:52 pm: The teams are in the tunnel at the famous Estadio Maracana. Some of the pictures of the public gatherings in Bosnia are just awesome. You think they are excited to get their first match started?

2:23 pm: And here is the starting lineup for Bosnia and Herzegovina: (4-2-3-1)

#1 Asmir Begovic — GK
#13 Mensur Mujdza — RB
#4 Emir Spahic — CB
#5 Sead Kolasinac — CB
#3 Ermin Bicakcic — LB
#8 Miralem Pjanic — DM
#20 Izet Hajrovic — DM
#10 Zvjezdan Misimovic — RM
#7 Muhamed Besic — CM
#16 Senad Lulic — LM
#11 Edin Dzeko — FWD

2:14 pm: Here are the starting lineups first for Argentina: (4-3-3)

#1 Sergio Romero — GK
#4 Pablo Zabaleta — RB
#3 Hugo Campagnaro — CB
#17 Federico Fernandez — CB
#2 Ezequiel Garay — LB
#16 Marcos Rojo — RM
#14 Javier Mascherano — CM
#11 Maxi Rodriguez — LM
#20 Sergio Aguero — RF
#10 Lionel Messi — CF
#7 Angel di Maria — LF

1:54 pm: The lineups are out for this highly anticipated match-up. They will be posted very shortly here in the Stoppage Time Soccer Live Commentary for Day 4 of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

France vs. Honduras 2014 FIFA World Cup

France 3, Honduras 0

Wilson Palacios, Honduras (43′) — SENT OFF

Karim Benzema, France (45′)

Own Goal, France (48′)

Karim Benzema, France (72′)

90+4′: And there is the final whistle. France 3, Honduras 0


90+2′: MISS! Matuidi sends a shot far over the bar.

90+1′: Three minutes of stoppage time.

85′: Honduras cries for a penalty but no call coming

84′: Benzema with another look at goal but it is blocked out for a corner

83′: Luis Garrido picks up a late booking

82′: Looks like I was wrong as Patrice Evra is still on the field.

81′: France is not putting on as much pressure in the Honduras defensive third almost inviting the Central Americans to push numbers forward.

77′: The French fans are making themselves heard throughout the stadium. French Sub: Mathieu Valbuena (Off), Olivier Giroud (In)

72′: GGGGGGGOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLL!!!!! KARIM BENZEMA!!!! A lucky bounce off of a long shot falls to Benzema who roofs it. And it looks like Patrice Evra’s night is done as he is struggling

71′: Figueroa with a tough challenge on Valbuena he is lucky to not see a booking. Free kick is essentially a short corner for France.

68′: SAVE! Hugo Lloris is called into action as Boniek Garcia gets in on goal. France nearly caught Honudras on the counter-attack.

65′: France Sub: Yohan Cabaye (Out), Antonio Mavuba (In)

64′: MISS! Matuidi put the redirected shot just wide.

60′: Cabaye with a look from distance but the shot is high and wide.

58′: Honduras Sub: Andy Najar (Off), Jorge Claros (In)

56′: MISS! Valbuena gets in on the shooting gallery but the shot is wide. French sub: Paul Pogba (Out), Moussa Sissoko (In)

55′: SAVE!!! Valladares with a point-blank stop on Benzema.

53′: Yikes, Boniek Garcia with a tough challenge on Patrice Evra and he goes in the book.

51′: FIFA confirms the goal will be credited as an own-goal by Valladares.

50′: Wow that was so close. Inches away from a huge save by Noel Valladares.


45′: A double substitution from Honduras at the half as Victor Bernardez and Jerry Bengston get pulled off for Osman Chavez and Boniek Garcia.

45+4′: Halftime whistle: France 1, Honduras 0.

45+2′: Yohan Cabaye picks up a yellow card, that’s three France players with cautions now.

45+1′: Three minutes of stoppage time


43′: PENALTY!!! RED CARD!!!! WILSON PALACIOS is sent off for a second yellow card and France with a penalty to boot.

41′: Victor Bernardez goes down, that did not look good. Benzema could not take advantage of the man-advantage for France. Corner coming for the French.


39′: Honduras’s buildup is great but it seems like there is a force-field surrounding the France penalty area,

38′: Benzema takes some contact from Figueroa but the ref says no dice. Goal kick to Honduras.

36′: Najar tries to take on the French defense by himself completely ignoring the two players he had with him.

35′: A loooooong effort from Maynor Figueroa from nearly half-line goes well wide and plenty high.

32′: Honduras with a look but the cross is too far from Andy Najar.

27′: Wilson Palacios and Paul Pogba were the two who originally tangled and it looks like they both received a caution for their actions.

26′: We have a scuffle, the ref has the yellow out. Let’s see who gets it.

24′: MISS!!! Valbuena with a cross but the header from Benzema goes over the bar.

23′: CROSSBAR! France denied once again by the woodwork this time it was Antoine Griezmann

22′: Yohan Cabaye takes a quick shot from distance but it’s mishit and goes out for a goal kick.

21′: France just keeps continuing to pressure the Honduras backline but the Central Americans keep shutting the door.

18′: Wilson Palacios and Victor Bernardez down for Honduras. It looks like they will both be fine.

15′: CROSSBAR! Blaise Matuidi with a shot that is tipped into the bar by Valladares. Our for a French corner.

14′: Emilio Izaguirre called for a foul. I’m not sure what for but the call is made by the AR

11′: The free kick forces Noel Valladares off his line for a punch away

10′: A different type of free kick as they looked behind the big mass of players but the shot from Benzema goes well wide.

9′: France earns a free kick from the right wing in a perfect position for a cross.

7′: Patrice Evra is down after knee-to-knee contact with a Honduras defender. He gets to his feet and received a yellow card for the challenge.

5′: Back and forth action between these two but not many chances on goal. The Honduras supporters starting with the Oles already.

1′: Honduras gets the first shot, an effort from long range that is blocked at the top of the box.

1′: Honduras to get us started moving right-to-left on your keyboard.

11:57 am: The anthems are done and we are ready for kickoff.

11:52 am: The teams are in the tunnel as we get ready for the walk-out and national anthems. Honduras is dressed in their all-white kits while  France is in the all-blues.

11:48 am: We are less than 15 minutes away from the kickoff, what are your predictions for this match?

11:42 am: And here is the starting lineup for Honduras: (4-4-2)

#18 Noel Valladares — GK
#3 Maynor Figueroa — DEF
#5 Victor Bernardez — DEF
#7 Emilio Izaguirre — DEF
#21 Brayan Beckeles — DEF
#8 Wilson Palacios — MID
#15 Roger Espinoza — MID
#17 Andy Najar — MID
#19 Luis Garrido — MID
#11 Jerry Bengston — FWD
#13 Carlo Costly — FWD

11:39 am: Here is the starting lineup for France: (4-5-1)

#1 Hugo Lloris — GK
#2 Mathieu Debuchy — DEF
#3 Patrice Evra — DEF
#4 Raphael Varane — DEF
#5 Mamadou Sakho — DEF
#6 Yohan Cabaye — MID
#8 Mathieu Valbuena — MID
#11 Antoine Griezmann — MID
#14 Blaise Matuidi — MID
#19 Paul Pogba — MID
#10 Karim Benzema — FWD

11:37 am: If you’d like some pre-match reading, here is my take on the final moments from Ecuador vs. Switzerland.

10:56 am: A huge win for the Swiss in our first game.

Switzerland vs. Ecuador 2014 FIFA World Cup

2014 FIFA World Cup

Switzerland 2, Ecuador 1

Enner Valencia, Ecuador (22′)

Admir Mehmedi, Switzerland (47′)

Haris Seferovic, Switzerland (90+3′)

10:54 am: We are waiting for the lineups ahead of our next match, we will post the lineups as soon as we know them.

10:51 am: Michael Arroyo is going to be kicking himself for that extra touch. He hits that shot first time and Ecuador takes the three points.

90+4′: And there is the final whistle with the final score Switzerland 2, Ecuador 1.


90+2′: The match picked up to a frantic pace for a few minutes but now it has slowed back down.

90′: Three minutes of stoppage time. It looks like both teams are content with the draw.

88′: MISS! Antonio Valencia whips a cross towards goal intended for Joao Rojas but the ball is just over his head.

86′: SAVE!!! The free kick is deflected on the way in but somehow Benaglio keeps it out

85′: Free kick coming to Ecuador straight away from 32 yards out.

84′: Johan Djourou shown a yellow card for taking down Enner Valencia on a break

80′: Ecuador needs a goal soon, you can see the defense start to come apart as their desperation starts to increase.

79′: Switzerland with some sustained pressure in the Ecuador half.

76′: Ecuador sub: Jefferson Montero (Off), Joao Rojas (In)

75′: Switzerland sub: Josip Drmic (Off), Haris Seferovic (In)

74′: A chance at the other end for Enner Valencia who gets by the goalkeeper only to lose the ball to Steve von Bergen.

73′: MISS!!! Switzerland gets a 3-on-1 rush but Xherdan Shaqiri’s shot finds the side netting.

70′: Ecuador Sub: Felipe Caicedo (Off), Michael Arroyo (In)

69′: GOAL!!! NO!!! OFFSIDE! The Swiss look to take the lead but the goal is called back for offside on Josip Drmic

66′: SAVE! Benaglio with a kick save from a tight angle as Jefferson Montero attempts to beat him low and to the far post.

64′: The fans keeping themselves entertained by doing the Wave.

63′: BREAKING NEWS: Spain goalkeeper David De Gea is ruled out of the rest of the group stage with a hip injury.

61′: Christian Noboa takes a shot from distance but it is easily handled by Diego Benaglio

59′: MISS! Enner Valencia finds space at the top of the box but puts the shot just over the bar.

58′: This is a very ugly game but it is still very entertaining.

57′: Carlos Gruezo let a shot go that is way over the bar. It was a shot that NFL kickers would be proud of.

54′: Switzerland push forward on the counter-attack, they have numbers, the ball finds its way to Admir Mehmedi who puts a cross over but no one is on the back post.

53′: Juan Carlos Paredes earns the first booking of the match for Ecuador. It is a yellow card.

52′: MISS! Frickson Erazo gets the last look at a free kick but heads the ball over the bar.

50′: Mehmedi was subbed on for Valentin Stocker at halftime. I did not see the sub.

47′: GOAL!!!!! SWITZERLAND!!! IT’S THE SUBSTITUTE ADMIR MEHMEDI!! An eerily similar goal to that of Ecuador.

45′: Switzerland get us underway here in the second half

10:00 am: BREAKING NEWS: Brazil forward Hulk left training today with an apparent hamstring injury. It will be interesting to see if he is ready to go for the host side’s next match

9:49 am: A very entertaining first half between these two nations. Can Ecuador hold on for the three points? Or will Switzerland break down the defense and pull a goal back? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section or on my Twitter page.

45+2′: Ecuador earns a corner, a ball to Walter Ayovi but his shot is well wide. There is the halftime whistle with the score Ecuador 1, Switzerland 0.

45′: Great defensive play from Ricardo Rodriguez as Felipe Caicedo was looking for space at the top of the box. One minute of stoppage time.

43′: Some great buildup from Ecuador leads to Jefferson Montero cutting across the field but his shot is blocked by Johan Djourou

40′: Rodriguez whips in a dangerous ball that eludes Dominguez, his defender is able to clear.

38′: Another effort from Switzerland as Granit Xhaka’s shot is deflected out for another corner. The corner is over everybody and out for a defensive end throw-in for Ecuador.

36′: SAVE!!! Gokhan Inler with a bouncing shot that needs a touch from Dominguez to go wide for a corner.

35′: Appeals for a hand ball from the Swiss. It will be interesting to see on the replay, I could not tell from live action.

33′: Lichtsteiner and Shaqiri with a good combination play that leads to a corner. Valon Behrami gets a head on the ball off the corner kick but the effort falls to Dominguez.

30′: Ecuador is playing wonderful on the defensive end, just wait until Switzerland eventually score, they have problems with keeping their shape when they play desperate football.

28′: Switzerland earns another corner kick while they attempt to break down Ecuador defensively. The corner is headed out at the near post and out for a goal kick.

26′: Xherdan Shaqiri whips in a cross after a short corner but it turns into a father’s day gift for Dominguez in goal

24′: Jefferson Montero pushing on the counter-attack but his last touch into the 18 was too far ahead, cleared out by the Swiss.

22′: GOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!! ECUADOR!!!!!! ENNER VALENCIA!!!!! Walter Ayovi with a well-placed cross right on the six yard box to a wide-open Enner Valencia!

19′: Ricardo Rodriguez given space down the left hand side, he creates some space and fires from distance. Dominguez with the save but it rolls out for a corner.

18′: Ecuador presses on the counter-attack, the attempt on goal is deflected and then punched out by Diego Benaglio.

16′: Xherdan Shaqiri makes a darting run across the field but his shot is right to Alexander Dominquez in goal

13′: The first shot in the game is an off-target effort from Granit Xhaka

12′: Switzerland gets their first good chance but the ball gets away from Josip Drmic

8′: Walter Ayovi looked to clash heads with a Swiss player. He will be okay but that looked like it hurt.

6′: Switzerland makes their first deep run into the attacking third but the cross gets away from Stephan Lichsteiner

3′: Ecuador with a majority of the possession here in the first few minutes. A free kick is earned as Christian Noboa is hauled down.

1′: Early corner for Ecuador but the delivery was put right into the defense.

1′: Ecuador will get us started! They are moving right to left on your keyboard.

8:58 am: The referee is from Uzbekistan today.

8:58 am: It’s the Alps vs. the Andes.

8:56 am: The size advantage of Switzerland could be something to watch for on set pieces.

8:53 am: Switzerland will be wearing their red kits, with white shorts while Ecuador is in their change kit, the full blue from head-to-toe.

8:50 am: A big thank you to Chris Blakely for filling in for me last night to cover the Ivory Coast – Japan match. He did a wonderful job! The teams are currently in the tunnels. We will have the walk-out and anthems next!

8:32 am: And here is the starting lineup for Ecuador: (4-4-2)

#22 Alexander Dominguez — GK
#2 Jorge Guagua — DEF
#3 Frickson Erazo — DEF
#4 Juan Carlos Paredes — DEF
#10 Walter Ayovi — DEF
#6 Christian Noboa — MID
#7 Jefferson Montero — MID
#16 Antonio Valencia — MID
#23 Carlos Gruezo — MID
#11 Felipe Caicedo — FWD
#13 Enner Valencia — FWD

8:27 am: Here are this morning’s starting lineups, first for Switzerland: (4-5-1)

#1 Diego Benaglio — GK
#2 Stephan Lichsteiner — DEF
#5 Steve von Bergen — DEF
#13 Ricardo Rodriguez — DEF
#20 Johan Djourou — DEF
#8 Gokhan Inler — MID
#10 Granit Xhaka — MID
#11 Valon Behrami — MID
#14 Valentin Stocker — MID
#23 Xherdan Shaqiri — MID
#19 Josip Drmic — FWD

3:07 am: Good morning and welcome to Day 4 of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. My name is Matthew Evans and I will be taking you through today’s matches here on Stoppage Time Soccer. We have a great slate of matches scheduled for today and we’ll start with another UEFA-CONMEBOL challenge as Switzerland faces off with Ecuador.

One of the very interesting things to watch for in this match is if Switzerland will succumb to the history books that say that UEFA nations always seem to struggle in major tournaments on South American soil. Of the two European nations in this group, I feel like Switzerland may be the one who doesn’t advance out of Group E. They have a very solid squad but like Taylor Twellman said about Greece during their match on Saturday morning, “I just don’t know where the goals are coming from.” Ecuador and Honduras are going to come out with more defensive-minded tactics during their matches against the European squads meaning the Europeans will likely see more of the ball. Switzerland just does not have a pure finisher on their team.

The two Group E matches will serve as appetizers to the main course on Sunday afternoon as heavy favorites Argentina battle with the debuting Bosnia and Herzegovina. Argentina has been on a tear since crashing out in the quarterfinals of the 2011 Copa America tournament which they hosted, they have only lost four matches of their last 34 played. One of those matches was actually a win over Bosnia in the United States during the November 2013 friendly period.

It is going to be a very fun day of soccer so please be sure to join me for the Stoppage Time Soccer Triple-Header here on June 15th, 2014. I will be taking comments and questions throughout the day so please leave me a message down in the comments section below or contact me via Twitter.



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