Tuesday, 24th June
Italy vs Uruguay
In the final Group D matches, Italy take on Uruguay in Natal while
Costa Rica play England in Belo Horizonte.
Italy and Uruguay have met twice before in the World Cup Finals. The
group stage match at Mexico 1970 ended in a
stalemate but Italy won in Rome (2:0) at Italy 1990.
Italy only need a draw to qualify while Uruguay need the full
Either team could still top the group if they win and Costa Rica lose
by a couple goals.
If Italy go through, Mario Balotelli will miss the game; after
receiving his second yellow card of the tournament; high challenge is an understatement.
Half-time: Italy 0 - Uruguay 0
Balotelli was withdrawn at half-time to prevent him from getting a second yellow card in
the match; but then Claudio Marchisio was given a straight red, in the 58th minute, for a
heavy challenge on Arevalo.
Luis Suarez semed to have bitten Giorgio Chiellini's shoulder then
rolled around on the floor trying to claim he was elbowed in the teeth.
Ten-man Italy couldn't hold out as Diego Godin, who maybe should have been sent off
against England, enabled Uruguay to leap-frog Italy in the 81st minute.
Then drama as the Italian bench continued to protest furiously about
the Suarez biting incident. One of the Italians sent to the stands.
Suarez wasted a chance to help Uruguay double their lead; by ignoring
Edinson Cavani, free to his left.
Gianluigi Buffon came forward for the last free-kick but couldn't
Italy join England on the plane home and Suarez is once again the
talking point, for all the wrong reasons.
Final Score: Italy 0 - Uruguay 1
1-Gianluigi Buffon; 3-Giorgio Chiellini, 19-Leonardo Bonucci, 15-Andrea Barzagli; 2-Mattia
De Sciglio, 8-Claudio Marchisio, 21-Andrea Pirlo, 23-Marco Verratti, 4-Matteo Darmian; 17-
Ciro Immobile, 9-Mario Balotelli.
1-Fernando Muslera; 22-Martin Caceres, 13-Jose Maria Gimenez, 3-Diego Godin, 6-Alvaro
Pereira; 20-Alvaro Gonzalez, 17-Egidio Arevalo Rios, 7-Cristian Rodriguez, 14-Nicolas
Lodeiro; 21-Edinson Cavani, 9-Luis Suarez.
Referee: Marco Rodriguez - Mexico
58 mins - Claudio Marchisio (Italy)
4 yellow cards:
21 mins - Mario Balotelli (Italy)
45 mins - Egidio Arevalo Rios (Uruguay)
76 mins - Mattia De Sciglio (Italy)
90 mins - Fernando Muslera (Uruguay)
Costa Rica vs England
2014 World Cup Finals - Knockout Stage.
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