World Cup Wrap: Day ten

The World Cup Wrap continues as does the action with another three group games to come this afternoon.

We have a double-header from Group H as Belgium tackle Russia and South Korea take on Algeria. Then in the late kick-off USA face Portugal in Group G.

It was an action-packed day on Saturday as Iran came within seconds of earning a draw against the much-fancied Argentina, but a late strike from the magic man Messi saw them fall to a 1-0 defeat.

Germany and Ghana fought out a 2-2 draw, a match that leads us to the first of our stories from Brazil.


Half brothers Jerome and Kevin-Prince Boateng shake hands pre-match

Half brothers Jerome and Kevin-Prince Boateng shake hands pre-match

He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother
It was a family affair at the Estadio Castelao as German defender Jerome Boateng faced his older half-brother Kevin-Prince Boateng for the second successive World Cup.

Schalke’s Kevin-Prince, who had spells at Spurs and Portsmouth, will have likely been the happiest of the siblings after the two nations fought out an entertaining draw – following the meeting in 2010 that saw Germany defeat Ghana 1-0.

Prior to the game, Bayern Munich‘s Jerome confirmed he and Kevin-Prince had ceased daily contact since joining up with their respective squads: “We’ve had no contact recently, each of us is just concentrating on himself.”

With a point apiece, we hope they are now back on speaking terms.

Klose celebrates his historic strike

Klose celebrates his historic strike

Miroslav edges Klose-r to record
Another talking point from the double G draw involves the now legendary Miroslav Klose.

The 36-year-old came off the bench to score with his first touch to equalise for Germany, but that’s not all.

The goal not only allowed him to overtake another legend Gerd Muller as his countries all-time top scorer, but he moved level with the ‘real’ Ronaldo as the joint-level top marksman in World Cup history with 15 goals to his name.

Colombia goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon turned 43 on Saturday

Colombia goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon turned 43 on Saturday

As old as you feel
And speaking of records, there’s another one that could go this tournament if the veteran Faryd Mondragon appears for Colombia.

The goalkeeper, who up until May 2014 was playing for Deportivo Cali, will become the oldest player to appear at a World Cup finals should he be picked having been on the bench for their opening two matches.

Mondragon turned 43 on Saturday and he could beat Roger Milla, who played at USA ’94 aged 42 years, one month and eight days, as the oldest World Cup participant.

With Colombia already qualified for the knockout stages, hopefully he’ll be able to get his name in the record books by playing in Colombia’s final group match with Japan on Tuesday.