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World Cup Group stages match two awards

Most inspirational performance: Enner Valencia.
Most inspirational performance: Enner Valencia.
Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images

The World Cup is progressing nicely as we head in to the last match of the group rounds. While some teams have been eliminated from contention, there is still a lot to be determined in game three.

In the meantime, here's a look at the awards for different categories during match day 2:

Most inspirational performance: Ecuador has dedicated this World Cup to their former striker Christian "Chucho" Benitez who died from a heart attack last summer. Ecuador went behind Honduras 1-0 before Enner Valencia scored two unanswered goals to give Ecuador the win.

Best team performance: France put on a clinic in their match against Switzerland with five different players each scoring for France.

Biggest upset: Once again Costa Rica shocked the world with a 1-0 victory over Italy.

Biggest exhale heard around the world: Expectations for Argentina's national team are huge. As their match versus Iran headed in to stoppage time, Lionel Messi broke the 0-0 deadlock and gave Argentina a 1-0 victory.

Most exciting match: Algeria 4-2 South Korea. Not much was expected when Algeria met South Korea in Porto Alegre, but the match provided one of the tournament's most exciting encounters.

Best individual performance: Mexican goal keeper Guillermo Ochoa was the star as Mexico and Brazil battled in a 0-0 draw. Ochoa saved his team throughout the match and earned the Mexicans a valuable point.

Scariest looking player: Midfielder Arturo Vidal of Chile is heavily tattooed and currently sports a unique looking Mohawk

The most humble exit award: After enduring a 5-1 beating at the hands of Holland, reigning World Cup champions Spain were again beaten. Despite having 63% of the game's possession, Chile ended Spain's quest for a repeat with a 2-0 victory.

Best goal, best take that moment and best display of leadership: Tim Cahill once again showed his leadership credentials as Australia put up a brave fight against Holland. Less than one moment after Holland's Arjen Robben scored and celebrated obnoxiously by blowing kisses to the camera, Cahill sent a thunderbolt in to the back of the Dutch goal. Not bad for the oldest player in the tournament on the lowest ranked team in the tournament.

Best clash of hairstyles: When Portugal's Raul Meireles and USA's Kyle Beckerman tangled in their group match it was an interesting moment for hairstyles. Meireles currently has a mohawk similar to the one Robert De Niro wore in Taxi Driver, while Beckerman sports a head full of dreadlocks.

Biggest wasted opportunity: Japan had 74% of the possession in their meeting with ten man Greece yet they were unable to make a breakthrough. The match ended in a 0-0 draw.

Stupidest move: Alex Song of Cameroon decided to give Portugal's Pepe competition for the tournament's stupidest move. In the 40th minute of his team's match with Croatia, he hit Croatian striker Mario Mandzukic in the back and immediately received a straight red card.

Team most likely to be crucified by the press: England. The English press are notoriously brutal and the England national team has once again not lived up to the country's expectations. Their two straight losses knocked them out of the tournament and right on schedule the British press were looking for scapegoats.

Best healer: Just one month after undergoing knee surgery, Uruguay's Luis Suarez scored both goals in Uruguay's 2-1 victory over England.

Fastest Goal: Ivica Olic scored his team's first goal in the 11th minute of Croatia's 4-0 win over Cameroon.

Team most hard done by a linesman: Bosnia. In the 20th minute of Bosnia's match against Nigeria Eden Dzeko gave his team the lead only to have the goal disallowed for offside. Replays showed that the goal should have stood. Bosnia lost 1-0 and was eliminated from the tournament.

Best rap song released by a World Cup player: USA captain Clint Dempsey has released music in the past under the name Deuce. He will be releasing a new album after the World Cup.

Best group goal celebration: Colombia. After James Rodriguez scored Colombia's first goal in their match against Ivory Coast, the entire team performed a perfectly synchronized dance.

The final games of the group stages will take place this week before the tournament progresses to the next round. In the meantime, enjoy the matches.

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