The quarterfinal lineup at the European Championship started to take shape on Saturday after three drab matches that will live forever in the record books but not in the memory.
Dallas' Fabian Castillo finished Mauro Diaz's sensational assist to cap the Texan team's 2-0 home victory over Real Salt Lake on Saturday, moving within a point of the lead in Major League Soccer's Western Conference.
Ireland's never-say-die mentality has finally paid off.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic chested the ball down, let it bounce and hit it. Wide.
When Chile saw an opening, it pounced. When its defense broke down, Claudio Bravo was there. When the rain stopped, it finished the job.
Spain's 12-year unbeaten run at the European Championship ended when Croatia rallied for a stunning 2-1 win on Tuesday, sending the two-time champions into an intense, high-profile knockout match against Italy in the round of 16.
Lionel Messi pretty much ended the United States' Copa America hopes in less than three minutes.
If there can be a 1-0 rout in soccer, then this was it.
Wales qualified for the knockout stages of the European Championship as a group winner after it overwhelmed Russia 3-0 on Monday and England could only grind out a 0-0 draw with Slovakia.
American players maintained over and over that playing Argentina and Lionel Messi in a Copa America semifinal on Tuesday night was a big deal, yet not mind-boggling.