Picks of the Day: Wednesday, 25 June

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The Swiss and French army stormed into the last 16 along with Argentina and Nigeria but it was the performances of Lionel Messi, Xherdan Shaqiri and Ecuador keeper Alexander Dominguez which dominated the post-match debates.

Antonio Valencia also threw his name in the mix as he collected a red in a match that produced tons of scoring opportunities but no goals.

Here are our Top 5 moments of the day:

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No goals to cheer from this clash but Antonio Valencia gave the watching public something to talk about when he was sent off for a reckless tackle on Lucas Digne. Some may argue it was harsh but you be the judge. 4. WAKA WAKA WAKA – SHAQIRI BRINGS UP 50

Xherdan Shaqiri scored the 50th hat-trick in the history of the World Cup as he steered the Swiss into the last 16 with a 3-0 win against Honduras. But it was his first goal that set the Arena Amazonia ablaze, a definite contender for the goal of the tournament. 3. MESSI MAGIC

Lionel Messi really was a treat to watch in this match, and his masterclass included this free kick that saw Nigerian keeper Enyeama giving up the chase before the ball had even reached its destination. He didn’t want to get in the way of beauty…. 2. WATER DID YOU SAY?

He either has a very good relationship with his coach, or this very cheeky act will earn him a little disciplinary fine from management. From a spectator point of view though, this cheeky spray of water by Argentina’s Ezequiel Lavezzi was hilarious. 1. FAST START

If you were in the stadium buying that last-minute beer, or if you were just making a cup of coffee at home as the game started, you probably missed two goals in this thrilling match. If you want to know how fast a start it was, it’s the first time in World Cup history that two sides have scored inside the first five minutes.

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