(SportingAlert.com) — The first few days of the 2014 FIFA World Cup have been as jam-packed as ever with a few surprises and already happening at the tournament.
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The great Spain was trounced 5-1 by the Netherlands, while Uruguay was stunned by Costa Rica. England gave a typically heroic, but flawed display against Italy – living up to their ‘unlucky losers’ minker as they slumped to a 2-1 defeat to Italy.
So what does day four of the World Cup holds?
Firstly, we have Switzerland taking on Ecuador in the in the opener in Group E at Estadio Nacional Mane Garrincha. This doesn’t sound like the most exciting match on paper. In fact, less viewers have been predicted for this fixture, but with the way the tournament has been going thus far, you’ll never know, this one may very well come to life on the field.
Both sides are aguably well matched and there is plenty of attacking talent on show, including the tenacious wing-play of Manchester United’s Ecuadorian Antonio Valencia.
Another Group E fixture at Estadio Beira-Rio, sees 1998 champions France opening their tournament against Honduras. The injured Franck Ribery and Manchester City controversial playmaker Samir Nasri are not with the squad in Brazil, but with the likes of Karim Benzema, Olivier Giroud, and Paul Pogba, the setup for France still looks enticing.
Honduras claimed a very creditable 0-0 draw with England in the last warmup World Cup friendly game and the CONCACAF side is determined to bring some of the same physical plays into the clash with France, especially since that are not as gifted as the Les Bleus. Honduras starts big favourites to crash out at the group stages, but Costa Rica’s win over Uruguay shows that nothing is impossible.
In Group F at Estadio do Maracana, Lionel Messi and Argentina start their bid to lift the World Cup title against Bosnia-Herzegovina.
With their attack threat, led by Messi, Angel Di Maria and Sergio Augero, Argentina starts this one as the favourites, but Edin Dzeko and company will look to put a different spin on what the pundits and predictors have to say.