The rapidly rising stack of goal-filled games that shows no signs of abating hasn’t just got World Cup spectators delirious, its coercing all manner of witticisms from the punditry teams providing us with the inside track in Brazil.
Days one to four featured some spectacular matches spruced up with commentating calamities; here are some of the finest so far:
BBC took a punt that Phil Neville’s abilities of analysis would be as proficient, if not stronger, than those boasted by elder brother and frequent enlightener Gary.
Maybe Phillip was focussing so forcefully on uncovering Roy Hodgson’s tactical flaws that he forgot the names of some of the games’ most widely recognised players.
Or perhaps he made the genuine mistake of confusing Andrea Pirlo with his Swedish alter ego, as his insistence on referring to the Italian orchestrator as ‘Andreas Pirlo’ throughout the match suggests.
‘When Jackson Martinez can’t get in the team, they must be pretty good.’
Were former Countdown contestant and lauded soccer brain box Carlisle speaking about Colombia’s 3-0 demolition of Greece, his point would’ve been fair.
The team that Martinez can’t get into, according to the ITV co-commentator, however, was Ecuador, a nation that, as a Colombian native, he is not legally allowed to represent.
The fiery Welsh enforcer often made up for a lack of talent by kicking lumps out of flashier foes.
His penchant for the pragmatic made him the ideal foil to Thierry Henry when discussing Honduras’ attempts to pummel France off the pitch.
‘When we used to go out there, playing for Leicester against Arsenal,’ Savage said, providing an example of how playing rough pays dividends. ‘We were like wasps, on him (Henry) all the time, not giving him a minute to settle and you hate playing against that kind of team, don’t you Thierry?’
‘…We managed…’ was the succinct reply from the former Gunner, who paused briefly to reminisce about the hundreds of goals he scored against the Foxes.