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June 25, 2014

World Cup goals

They bring joy and sorrow to players, coaches, and entire nations. They can come from a graceful header off a corner kick or a hard bending strike from the pitch. Here is some action and reaction on the more than 120 goals scored during the World Cup competition in Brazil so far. --Lloyd Young (34 photos total)

Greece's Orestis Karnezis watches as the ball goes into the net in a goal scored by Colombia's Pablo Armero (unseen) during their 2014 World Cup Group C soccer match at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte on June 14. (Paulo Whitaker/Reuters)


Brazil's Fernandinho (2nd right) celebrates after scoring the team's fourth goal against Cameroon during their 2014 World Cup Group A soccer match at the Brasilia national stadium in Brasilia June 23. (Francois Xavier/Reuters) #

Colombia's goalkeeper David Ospina lies on the goal after Japan's forward Shinji Okazaki (not pictured) scored during a Group C football match between Japan and Colombia at the Pantanal Arena in Cuiaba during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 24. (Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP/Getty Images) #

Thomas Mueller of Germany shoots and scores his team's first goal on a penalty kick past Rui Patricio of Portugal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group G match between Germany and Portugal at Arena Fonte Nova on June 16 in Salvador, Brazil. (Francois Xavier Marit/Getty Images) #

Yasuyuki Konno of Japan reacts after a goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group C match between Japan and Colombia at Arena Pantanal on June 24 in Cuiaba, Brazil. (Adam Pretty/Getty Images) #

Uruguay's Diego Godin (3) scores his side's first goal during the group D World Cup soccer match between Italy and Uruguay at the Arena das Dunas in Natal, Brazil, on June 24. (Hassan Ammar/Associated Press) #

Bryan Ruiz of Costa Rica scores his team's first goal past Gianluigi Buffon of Italy during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group D match between Italy and Costa Rica at Arena Pernambuco on June 20 in Recife, Brazil. (Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images) #

Bryan Ruiz of Costa Rica (not pictured) scores his team's first goal past Gianluigi Buffon of Italy during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group D match between Italy and Costa Rica at Arena Pernambuco on June 20. (Jamie McDonald/Getty Images) #

South Korea's Lee Keun-ho scores a goal past Russia's goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev during their 2014 World Cup Group H soccer match at the Pantanal arena in Cuiaba on June 17. (David Gray/Reuters) #

Giorgos Samaras of Greece scores his team's second goal on a penalty kick past Boubacar Barry of the Ivory Coast during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group C match between Greece and the Ivory Coast at Castelao on June 24 in Fortaleza, Brazil. (Michael Steele/Getty Images) #

France's Karim Benzema scores a goal during the 2014 World Cup Group E soccer match between Switzerland and France at the Fonte Nova arena in Salvador on June 20. (Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters) #

England's Wayne Rooney shoots to score a goal past Uruguay's Fernando Muslera during their 2014 World Cup Group D soccer match at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo on June 19. (Pawel Kopczynski/Reuters) #

England's goalkeeper Joe Hart can't stop Uruguay's Luis Suarez's header to score his side's first goal during the group D World Cup soccer match between Uruguay and England at the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on June 19. (Felipe Dana/Associated Press) #

Algeria's Rafik Halliche, center, scores his side's second goal during the group H World Cup soccer match between South Korea and Algeria at the Estadio Beira-Rio in Porto Alegre, Brazil, on June 22. (Fernando Vergara/Associated Press) #

Brazil's Neymar celebrates after scoring his side's first goal during the group A World Cup soccer match between Cameroon and Brazil at the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia, Brazil, on June 23. (Christophe Ena/Associated Press) #

Brazilian soccer fans react to their team scoring their 2nd goal against Cameroon while watching on a screen at the FIFA Fan Fest on Copacabana beach June 23 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images) #

Portugal's Silvestre Varela heads the ball past United States' goalkeeper Tim Howard to score his side's second goal and tie the game 2-2 during the group G World Cup soccer match between the United States and Portugal at the Arena da Amazonia in Manaus, Brazil, on June 22. (Martin Mejia/Associated Press) #

A fan in Grant Park reacts to Portugal's final goal against United States while watching a televised group G World Cup soccer match during a watch party on June 22 in Chicago. (Chandler West/Sun-Times Media via Associated Press) #

The match ball is pictured as it enters the goal, scored by France's Karim Benzema for a hat-trick during their 2014 World Cup Group E soccer match against Honduras at the Beira Rio stadium in Porto Alegre June 15. (Damir Sagolj/Reuters) #

Colombia's midfielder James Rodriguez (bottom right) scores a goal during the Group C football match between Colombia and Ivory Coast at the Mane Garrincha National Stadium in Brasilia during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 19. (Evaristo Sa/AFP/Getty Images) #

Mexico's goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa (in blue) fails to save Croatia's first goal, scored by Croatia's midfielder Ivan Perisic (L) during a Group A football match between Croatia and Mexico at the Pernambuco Arena in Recife during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 23. (Javier Soriano/AFP/Getty Images) #

Bosnia's goalkeeper Asmir Begovic fails to save a goal by Argentina's Lionel Messi (not seen) during their 2014 World Cup Group F soccer match at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro on June 15. (Ricardo Moraes/Reuters) #

Ivory Coast's Wilfried Bony (top right) watches as the shot by teammate Gervinho (unseen) goes past Japan's Eiji Kawashima (left) for a goal during their 2014 World Cup Group C soccer match at the Pernambuco arena in Recife on June 14. (Ruben Sprich/Reuters) #

Switzerland's Josip Drmic (right) shoots the ball past Ecuador's Alexander Dominguez during their 2014 World Cup Group E soccer match at the Brasilia national stadium in Brasilia June 15. Drmic's goal was disallowed as he was offside. (David Gray/Reuters) #

Honduras' goalkeeper Noel Valladares (left) can't stop Ecuador's Enner Valencia shot as he scores his side's first goal during the group E World Cup soccer match between Honduras and Ecuador at the Arena da Baixada in Curitiba, Brazil, on June 20. (Fernando Vergara/Associated Press) #

Colombia's forward Jackson Martinez (left) strikes to score a goal as Japan's goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima defends during the Group C football match between Japan and Colombia at the Pantanal Arena in Cuiaba during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 24. (Luis Acosta/AFP/Getty Images) #

Colombia supporters celebrate after their first goal against Japan while watching at the FIFA Fan Fest on Copacabana Beach on June 24 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Mario Tama/Getty Images) #

Japan supporters embrace after the first goal by Colombia while watching at the FIFA Fan Fest on Copacabana Beach on June 24 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Mario Tama/Getty Images) #

Marouane Fellaini of Belgium (right) scores his team's first goal on a header past Rais M'Bolhi of Algeria during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group H match between Belgium and Algeria at Estadio Mineirao on June 17 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (Quinn Rooney/Getty Images) #

Germany's forward Thomas Mueller (center) is watched by Germany's midfielder Sami Khedira (second right) as he scores his third goal past Portugal's goalkeeper Rui Patricio (right) during the Group G football match between Germany and Portugal at the Fonte Nova Arena in Salvador on June 16 during the 2014 FIFA World Cup. (Francois Xavier Marit/AFP/Getty Images) #

Clint Dempsey of the United States, right, scores his side's second goal during the group G World Cup soccer match between the United States and Portugal at the Arena da Amazonia in Manaus, Brazil, on June 22. (Themba Hadebe/Associated Press) #

Croatia's goalkeeper Stipe Pletikosa reacts after Mexico's Andres Guardado (unseen) scores his team's second goal during their 2014 World Cup Group A soccer match at the Pernambuco Arena in Recife on June 23. (Ruben Sprich/Reuters) #

Iran's goalkeeper Alireza Haghighi fails to save a goal by Argentina's Lionel Messi (unseen) during their 2014 World Cup Group F soccer match at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte on June 21. (Leonhard Foeger/Reuters) #

Argentina's Lionel Messi celebrates with teammate Argentina's Ezequiel Garay after scoring his side's lone goal in Argentina's 1-0 victory over Iran during the group F World Cup soccer match between Argentina and Iran at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil on June 21. (Martin Meissner/Associated Press) #

 
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