Speed Reads

World Cup

This was the best play from an action-packed World Cup weekend

This was the best play from an action-packed World Cup weekend

The World Cup has gotten off to a blistering start, averaging three and a half goals per game, the highest rate since the 1958 World Cup. (There must be something in that Brazilian water.) There were plenty of fine goals over the weekend, from Oscar Duarte's diving header to give Costa Rica an upset victory over Uruguay, to Lionel Messi's solo goal that left a string of Bosnian defenders falling over each other in his wake.

But for my money, the finest moment wasn't even a goal, but this wonder strike from Italian genius Andrea Pirlo. Just look at that swerve! Joe Hart has no idea where it's going. Two inches lower and it would have been one of the finest World Cup goals of all time. --Ryu Spaeth