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They say soccer is an emotional game, redux: faces of the World Cup

As the world soccer tourney's opening round ticks down, raw emotions compete with pitch performances as both players and fans revel (or wallow) in the drama both on and off the field.

From this week's matches, a selection of some of the most memorable faces ...

Stefano Rellandini / Reuters

Excuse me, I think that's my cab

Fans of Honduras cheer before their 2014 World Cup Group E soccer match against Ecuador at the Baixada arena in Curitiba June 20, 2014.

Dylan Martinez / Reuters

France's little-known pre-noogie ritual

France's Olivier Giroud (top) celebrates with teammate Mathieu Valbuena their team's victory over Switzerland after their 2014 World Cup Group E soccer match at the Fonte Nova arena in Salvador June 20, 2014.

Bernat Armangue

Just testing out some new athletic footwear. No, really

Spain's Sergio Ramos takes the boot of Chile's Eugenio Mena in the face during the group B World Cup soccer match between Spain and Chile at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, June 18, 2014.

Damir Sagolj / Reuters

How England celebrates the Wayne Rooney hat trick

An England fan reacts at the end of the team's 2014 World Cup Group D soccer match against Uruguay at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo June 19, 2014.

(The Wayne Rooney hat trick, of course, occurs when England's marquee player misses with his left foot, then with his right foot, and then with his head.)

Sergio Perez / Reuters

I think he's working Haris Seferovic's corner

Argentina's national soccer player Ezequiel Lavezzi appears to be channeling Swiss forward Haris Seferovic as heads the ball during a training session at Ciudad do Galo grounds in Vespasiano, outside Belo Horizonte, June 20, 2014. Argentina will face Iran in their 2104 World Cup Group F second match next June 21.

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