Day 13 had many interesting events. The 12:00 matches saw Uruguay beat Italy in a controversial match where Claudio Marchisio was shown red and Luis Suarez bit Giorgio Chiellini with no consequence… yet. Rumours are going around about a 2 year ban for the world’s current 2nd best player. He will be covered in today’s segment. Costa Rica earned a draw that sealed the group win for them, while England didn’t walk home empty handed. At 4:00, 2 exciting matches went on, as Colombia grabbed 2 late goals to secure the group on a 4-1 win over Japan, and Ivory Coast lost their spot in the knockout stages in the 92nd minute to Greece.
England vs Costa Rica:
Switchup: England’s previous lineup didn’t work for them, so they have made changes. Manchester United duo Chris Smalling and Phil Jones start ahead of Phil Jagielka and Glen Johnson, even though Jones is out of position. At left back, 18-year-old Luke Shaw is on the verge of being a United player, and he replaces Baines. Jack Wilshere and Frank Lampard replace the failed duo of Steven Gerrard and Jordan Hendersaon that set the Premier League alight, and up and coming playmakers Adam Lallana and Ross Barkley come in for establsished Manchester United forwards Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck. On the right wing, underrated utility man James Milner replaces Raheem Sterling, and Daniel Sturridge stays in the lineup.
This is not a featured match, but FIFA’s official website does a quick run through here.
Full Time: Costa Rica 0-0 England; MOTM Keylor Navas
Uruguay vs Italy:
SUAREZ! In the 5th minute, his free kick into the box from the left flank is punched away by Buffon.
Pirlo has a free kick in the 11th and we all know what that means… it is in dangerous territory. MUSLERA! He hits it over for a corner.
Mario Balotelli is shown yellow for a challenge on Pereira in the 22nd. If Italy makes the knockout stages, Balotelli misses the Round of 16.
Half Time: Uruguay 0-0 Italy
At half time, Marco Parolo comes on for Balotelli, and Maxi Pereira comes on for Lodeiro.
The referee stops the game in the 46th for a Marchisio challenge on Caceres. He is waving the physio on.
RED CARD! In the 59th, Marchisio is sent off after a reckless challenge on Arevalo’s shin. The Italian players are furious!
In the 63rd minute, Stuani comes on for Pereira.
URUGUAY! Cavani’s shot is blocked but Suarez picks it and shoots with the outside of his foot. Buffon gets to it, and hits it out for a corner.
Ciro Immobile is off in the 71st for Antonio Cassano, and both strikers that Italy started have underwhelmed a little.
Marco Verratti is coming off for PSG teammate Thiago Motta in the 75th.
Mattia De Sciglio is shown a yellow card.
Gaston Ramirez comes on for Cristian Rodriguez in the 78th.
SUAREZ! He leans his head to Chiellini before the Italian defender elbows him! Chiellini storms to the ref and shows him what appears to be a bite mark on his shoulder. Could Suarez be at it again?
GOAL! URUGUAY HAVE GOT A LATE GOAL! In the 81st, a fantastic corner is put in by Godin. Uruguay 1-0 Italy
Another Pirlo free kick turns into a corner. One of Italy’s coaches has been sent to the stands in the 83rd!
Muslera is shown yellow in the 91st.
Full Time: Uruguay 1-0 Italy; MOTM, Buffon
Suarez has a history of biting. Last year in the EPL, he bit Branislav Ivanovic out of frustration. He wasn’t seen, but after the match he was handed a ban that lasted the last 5 games of the season and the first 5 of the 13/14 season. If this didn’t happen, it is debatable that he would’ve scored more goals than Robin Van Persie, who took the golden boot.
Have a look at the challenge on Giorgio Chiellini.
Many sources claim that Luis Suarez could miss up to 2 years of football after this incident. We will keep you updated here on Entertainment Revisited.
Japan vs Colombia:
UCHIDA! The right back has a great chance after he shoots from far in the 13th. It is going toward the top corner. It takes a deflection on the way and goes out for a corner.
PENALTY TO COLOMBIA! Adrian Ramos breaks the defence and Konno challenges. The Japanese player receives a yellow card. GOAL! Juan Cuadrado! It is straight down the middle! Colombia 1-0 Japan
KAGAWA! In the 26th minute, the midfielder shoots from inside the box toward the bottom corner. Ospina touches it out for a corner.
GOAL! Okazaki equalises in the 46th! Honda crosses into his near post, and Okazaki heads into the corner! Japan 1-1 Colombia
Half Time: Japan 1-1 Colombia; Goals, Okazaki, Cuadrado
At half time, Cuadrado and Quintero come off for James Rodriguez and Carlos Carbonero.
James Rodriguez gets a shot on goal, but it is well blocked.
CARBONERO! Rodriguez sends in a cross from a free kick, and Carbonero is there for it, but he can’t get his footwork!
GOAL! COLOMBIA IS AHEAD! Jackson Martinez has a great left foot finish, after a great play by James Rodriguez.
Freddy Guarin is shown yellow in the 63rd minute.
OKUBO! Japan has a great move on the right side, but the 32 year old shoots way over from 12 yards.
Shinji Okazaki is off in the 69th minute.
GOAL! Jackson Martinez! Rodriguez breaks forward and sends a beautiful pass through for Jackson Martinez, who whips a strike into the bottom corner! Colombia 3-1 Japan
GOAL! COLOMBIA AGAIN! James Rodriguez breaks into the box and beats the defender before chipping over the goalkeeper! Colombia 4-1 Japan
Full Time: Colombia 4-1 Japan; Goals, Jackson Martinez (2), Cuadrado, James Rodriguez, Okazaki; MOTM Jackson Martinez
Greece vs Ivory Coast:
Kone is off injured in the 12th. He is replaced by Samaris.
Greek goalkeeper Karnezis is now injured, and he is replaced by Glykos in the 24th.
Didier Drogba is shown yellow for a challenge on Samaris in the 37th.
GOAL! Samaris the substitute has Greece up! Greece 1-0 Ivory Coast
Half Time: Greece 1-0 Ivory Coast; Goals, Samaris
TIOTE! A beautiful shot in the 50th minute is stopped by the keeper.
Salomon Kalou is shown yellow for a challenge on Salpingidis in the 61st that was very necessary.
Ivory Coast is bringing on an extra striker, as Wilfried Bony comes on for Chiekh Tiote.
Kalou is shown yellow in the 62nd minute.
KALOU! In the 67th, he dribbles past the challenge of Salpingidis and Torosidis, before he curls a shot towards the far post that goes just wide.
Serey Die is shown yellow in the 70th minute.
LAZAROS! A beautiful free kick goes just over the bar.
WILFRIED BONY! Ivory Coast are level! Yaya Toure finds Gervinho, who makes it too easy for Bony. Ivory Coast 1-1 Greece
Gervinho comes off for Sio in the 83rd.
There are 3 minutes for Ivory Coast to hold on.
PENALTY! Greece is awarded a penalty! A touch from Sio on Samaras, and he goes down. He clipped himself to the grass in the replay! GOAL! WHAT AN UPSET! GREECE IS MOVING ON! Greece 2-1 Ivory Coast
Full Time: Greece 2-1 Ivory Coast; Goals, Samaras, Samaris, Bony; MOTM Samaras
Colombia, Greece, Costa Rica and Uruguay will be moving on to the knockouts. Tomorrow, Iran will try and advance on 1 goal in a match with Bosnia, who was eliminated (unjustly), and Argentina will try and seal the group against Nigeria, who would love to avoid a fixture with France. Ecuador’s chances are slimmer than they look, as despite being 2nd in the group, they haven’t played France. Switzerland will need to at least draw against Honduras to stand a chance, unless Ecuador loses by 4 goals against France and Switzerland loses to Honduras by 1. The first 2 will be at 12, and the latter 2 will be at 4.
Let’s look at the new projected Round of 16.