Argentina’s Lionel Messi scores  a free kick during the 2014 World Cup Group F soccer match against Nigeria at the Beira Rio stadium in Porto Alegre. Photograph: Stefano Rellandini/Reuters

Messi’s hatful of tricks easy on the eye as he propels Argentina to the knock-out stage

 Neymar (shirtless) of Brazil and Fred celebnrate after the FIFA World Cup 2014 group A preliminary round match between Cameroon and Brazil. Photograph: Marcelo Sayao/EPA

RTE is the safe bet for now until my digital service of the World Cup can be resumed

Wayne Rooney of England falls on the ground during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group D match between Uruguay and England at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 19, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

‘I’m on unlikely schnapps this evening of kiwi, mandarin, pear, and red grapes. Woof!’

Marouane Fellaini combined with Kevin De Bruyne to get Belgium back on track against Algeria. Photograph: Yves Herman / Reuters

In his second piece from the couch, Ian Power gets innovative with tinnies and legumes

‘Messi’s strike raised me from the couch and I cracked a window attempting the ‘Maradona Seven’ with an empty beer can.’

With his local pizzeria on speed dial, Ian Power embarked on a World Cup marathon

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