World Cup Wrap Day 32

Jasper Cillessen may be one of the more low-key goalkeepers to play in a World Cup semi-final.

In fact the Dutchman is probably more famous for being substituted, when Tim Krul was introduced to defy Costa Rica in the quarter-final penalty shoot-out.

And yet the 25-year-old, who only a year ago was playing for Ajax’s second string, has been a key figure for Holland, impressing with his distribution and calmness.

So calm that during the third-fourth play-off win over Brazil, Cillessen decided to take the best seat in the house and watch his team-mates brush aside the beleaguered hosts.

That image proved too good an opportunity for some of Twitter’s wags to resist, and within minutes Cillessen had been given the full meme treatment.

From the sublime

To the ridiculous

Messi’s message

We can barely wait for tonight’s World Cup final in the Maracana. Argentina v Germany, and Germany’s collective might against the magician, Lionel Messi.

Who will prevail? Messi seems up for this.

An alternate reality

Over in North Korea, the nation’s football fans are feeling quite chipper about life.

Some of the more revisionist media outlets are reporting that the Winged Horses have progressed to the World Cup’s knock-out stages in rampant form.

They dispatched Japan and the United States 7-0 and 4-0 respectively, but took it a little easier on good friends China.

Heavily doctored images have been produced to tell of North Korea’s fine campaign – and apparently supreme leader Kim Jong-un has gone down a treat with Costa Rica fans over in Brazil.

North Korea failed to qualify for this World Cup, although we’re all ears if in their version of events England fared slightly better…