With the World Cup nearly a week old, there has already been a number of talking points in the tournament. Here are three things that have got fans chatting.
The Good - Goals, Goals, Goals - This World Cup has not been short of goals. The first 3 games of the tournament produced an astounding 14 goals; including the Netherlands shock rout over current holders Spain. World Cup fever has hit Brazil and it seems the strikers have been lapping up the carnival atmosphere as the goals have been flying in across the country. Germany striker Thomas Mueller is currently leading the goalscoring charts after bagging a hat-trick at the hands Portugal who bowed out to a sorry 4-0 defeat. Fans will be hoping the goals will keep pouring in as this World Cup is already being considered one of the best.
The Bad (For England fans) - Pirlo has still got it - 2 years ago at the European Championships, Andrea Pirlo was said to have single handedly won the game for Italy against England. Leading his country with his exceptional passing talent and creating attacks, it was made clear that England were ready for Pirlo this time around and had prepared to stop the Juventus man. It seems those tactics were scuppered by Pirlo's class and nonchalance as he guided Italy to a 2-1 win over their rivals. Despite still playing at 35-years of age, it is clear Pirlo has still got it.
And the Ugly - Pepe & Pogba lash out - It comes as no surprise that there has already been a red card in the World Cup and even more of an anticlimax when hearing the name who received it, Pepe. The Real Madrid defender has given himself a reputation of being handed red cards of late and duly delivered once again with a thoughtless reaction of Germany's Thomas Mueller. What seemed a mere tussle ended out to be a face to face affair with Pepe colliding heads with the German. The Portuguese defender immediately received his marching orders. However, the defender may feel aggrieved when comparing his clash with Frenchman, Paul Pogba who collided with Wilson Palacios; the former Manchester United midfielder then kicked out at the Premier League man infront of the referee, yet Pogba remained on the pitch and was an integral part of France's 3-0 victory over Honduras. No matter, no-one wants to see that side of the game.