World Cup Daily: Argentina's time to shine

World Cup Daily: Argentina's time to shine
June 15, 2014, 9:30 am
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Game of the Day: Argentina vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina, 6 p.m. ET (ESPN) 

Lionel Messi is one of the top two players in the world and will look to lead Argentina to their third World Cup title. The journey starts with a feisty Bosnian team led by their star strikers Edin Dzeko and Vedad Ibisevic. The attacking talent doesn't stop there for Bosnia as Miralem Pjanic is a steadying influence in the center of the pitch for them. The question will be if that's enough to keep up with the waves of attacking talent the Argentine's will throw at them?

Argentina aren't just a one-man show, but even if they were, Messi would be a great place to start. They'll also have Sergio Aguero, Angel Di Maria and Gonzalo Higuain at their disposal. The Argentine's will also have an advantage on the defensive end as well with Ezequiel Garay, Pablo Zabaleta and more. 

Player of the Day: MF Paul Pogba, France

The likely Young Player of the Tournament makes his World Cup debut against Honduras. Pogba could potentially be deployed in a more defensive role than he is accustomed, but should still shine all over the field on his late runs into the box. Pogba won't lead the tournament in goals, but his play should standout to even the casual observer. Honduras will be overmatched in the midfield thanks to Pogba, Blaise Matuidi and Yohan Cabaye, one of the more talented midfields in the tournament.

Best of the Rest: Switzerland was an unlikely team to be a seeded team in the World Cup, but after cruising through qualifying they earned the final top seed and will look to earn it beginning Sunday. European teams have generally struggled in World Cups not on the European continent, but even so, Switzerland should be the favorite over Ecuador. The Swiss will be led by a solid set of midfielders, highlighted by Xherdan Shaqiri, Granit Xhaka and Tranquillo Barnetta. Ecuador are a lesser-known quanity, but have solid attacking options in Antonio Valencia and Jefferson Montero, but it may not be enough against the Swiss. 

Day 3 review: The super-sized day produced a super-sized upset, our first of the tournament, as Costa Rica knocked off one of the favorites, Uruguay, 3-1. Luis Suarez was unable to go for Uruguay and had to sit and watch his country take a 1-0 lead into the half, only to fall apart completely in the second half. I'd go as far to say that Italy vs. England exceeded the hype as most expected a 0-0 snoozer, and instead were treated to one of the better games so far. Wayne Rooney and the English did their best to hold on, but a series of questionable decisions with the game winding down cost them. 

Both Japan and the Ivory Coast decided to sit legends to start the game, and while Keisuke Honda got Japan off on the right foot, it wasn't enough when Didier Drogba finally entered the game and turned the tide. 

Colombia made a strong case to be a favorite in the tournament as they won 3-0 over a defensive-minded Greece side that only looked to counter occasionally. They did this all without their star, Falcao, who will miss the tournament. James Rodriguez stepped up as the man to lead them, and he did not disappoint.