After intrigue aplenty in the opening two rounds of matches New Zealand 2015, the fireworks came out on Day 3. Goals, and a record number of them, were its defining feature, with 28 – 12 more than on the first two matchdays combined – flying in at both Christchurch and New Plymouth.
Amid the high scorers there were also some big winners, with Brazil taking a crucial foothold in Group E after edging a wonderful game in which Nigeria also contributed hugely. Both must now look to catch section leaders Hungary, though, whose hat-trick hero Bence Mervo inspired an impressive 5-1 demolition of Korea DPR.
Germany were even more handsome winners, racking up eight goals to give Fiji the toughest of baptisms in their first match at a FIFA tournament. And Honduras were also left celebrating after emerging triumphant by the odd goal in seven in the tightest encounter of an unforgettable day.