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German national soccer player Lukas Podolski gestures during a training session in Santo Andre near Porto Seguro, Brazil, Monday, June 23, 2014. (Matthias Schrader/AP)
German national soccer player Lukas Podolski gestures during a training session in Santo Andre near Porto Seguro, Brazil, Monday, June 23, 2014. (Matthias Schrader/AP)

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They still say soccer is an emotional game, and they’re still right Add to ...

As always, the final scores are only part of the story. As the World Cup's opening round ticks down, the emotions on display are as much a part of the spectacle as the action on the pitch.

 

Matt Dunham / AP

Forget it, Wayne. That look isn't fooling anyone

Globe sports writers Cathal Kelly and John Doyle aren't the only one who isn't buying into Wayne Rooney's display of contrition. As a matter of fact, I'm pretty sure I've seen that look before – once or twice.

Andre Penner / AP

Just guessing, but I don't think he believes it either

Brazilian superstar Neymar, an obvious pick for players to watch during the tournament, doesn't appear to be showing much buy-in either.

Ivan Alvarado / Reuters

Yeah, uh, guys? Maybe you take a minute
and count to 1200. Or something

With backup from his teammates, Croatia's Dejan Lovren, second from right, argues with referee Yuichi Nishimura after a foul call against Brazil. Team spirit is a wonderful thing*, but maybe one of them might have thought about talking him down.

(Of course, they can say the same thing about smart alecks with *20/20 hindsight.)

Henry Romero / Reuters

Funny how that Podolski guy's never around
when the check arrives

"Yeah, now that you mention, I've noticed that too."

It's halftime at the Group B match between Spain and Australia Monday June 23, but referee Nawaf Shukralla of Bahrain and his linesman may be rethinking whom they go out for dinner with.

Matthias Schrader / AP

What, a guy can't step away from the table
for a minute?

Germany's Lukas Podolski, possibly hurt at the suggestion that he stuck the other guys with the bill, gestures during a training session in Santo Andre near Porto Seguro, Brazil, Monday, June 23, 2014.

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