Saturday - Jul 22, 2017

World Cup Soccer Round Up Wednesday- Uruguay go through – but the question is – but will Louis Suarez go with them after another biting incident


World Cup Soccer Round Up Wednesday- Uruguay go through – but the question is - but will Louis Suarez go with them after another biting incident

Expectations that the group clinching match between Uruguay and Italy would be tense and angry turned out to be more than correct with the Uruguayan team going through thanks to a dramatic late winner from Diego Godin.

Italy, who only needed a draw to go through, were once again lacking inspiration and rarely proved a threat as an attacking force, with Ballotelli, for whom they hans high hopes, being totally anonymous and was substituted at half-time.

However the major talking point after the match was yet another controversial Luis Suarez ‘biting’ incident which occurred just one minute before Godin scored from a perfectly placed Suarez corner, and may just have put the Italians out of their stride.

If cameras can be used to verify whether the match ball has crossed the goal line, then they may well need to be used to confirm whether Liverpool striker Suarez did indeed sink his teeth into Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini in the penalty area during a corner melee.

Before the Suarez incident, Italian midfielder Claudio Marchisio was sent off for a studs-up challenge on Egidio Arevalo, which will help to add to the bad-tempered displays from the players on both teams as well as from the touchline.

Although Uruguay were worthy of a place in the knockout stages, once again Italy have let themselves down in a World Cup tournament, going out at the group stages for the last two World Cups, having emerged as victors in only one of their last games, whilst drawing three and losing three.

Uruguay will now play Colombia at the Maracana on Saturday in the last 16 of the World Cup, but the controversy surrounding the Suarez incident will call for some action from FIFA , with the Italians and most of the media calling for the Uruguyan striker to receive a long-term ban after having twice been found guilty of biting opponents, once in the Dutch league and once in the English League.

FIFA have reportedly opened disciplinary proceedings against Suarez and have invited the Uruguayan Football Association to submit their response by 17:00 Brazilian time. If Suarez is indeed found guilty of biting Chiellini he could face a maximum ban of 24 international matches or two years.

If the atmosphere was hot in FortazellaEngland’s last match in the 2014 World Cup was a very tepid affair, ending in a goalless draw against Costa Rica, who had already qualified with comfort, in Belo Horizonte.

England manager Roy Hodgson gave a lot of the younger pool players a chance to at least tell their grandchildren that they had played in the World Cup, while at the same time handing Frank Lampard the captain’s armband and bringing on Steven Gerrard as a late substitute as a symbolic gesture in what will more than likely be their final England appearances, at least in the World Cup finals.

As the final whistle blew, much to the mercy of the England travelling support and probably most of the players, the atmosphere of disappointment and anti-climax could have been cut with a knife.

In the games played later in the evening Greece created something of a sensation by qualifying for the last sixteen for the first time in their history, thanks to a last-second penalty which gave them a dramatic victory against the Ivory Coast who were favorites to go through.

The Ivory Coast went into the match holding second place in the table, needed just a point to become the first African side to guarantee themselves a place in the knockout stages of the competition the second phase in this year’s competition.

Greece, on the other hand, started the match in bottom of place in the Group C, and their situation became even more desperate when they were forced to substitute two players inside the first 24 minutes, goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis and striker Kone who was replaced in the 12th minute by Andreas Samaris.

Samaras introduction had an immediate effect when he released Jose Holebas, whose stinging drive from the edge of the penalty area hit the crossbar.

Greece deservedly took the lead just three minutes before half-time with their first goal of the 2014 tournament and only their third in three World Cups. It came when midfielder Tiote lost the ball to Andreas Samaris, who played a neat one-two with Georges Samaras before lobbing over Barry and into the Ivory Coast net.

As the second half got underway the Ivory Coast began to pile on the pressure with both Salomon Kalou and Wilfried Bony wasting chances, before the African side got the equalizer thanks to a rapid counter-attack which saw Bony convert an exquisite pass from Arsenal striker Gervinho with a quarter of an hour remaining.

Ivory Coast from that point seemed content to hang on for a draw, and looked like they had achieved it until Samaras when down in the penalty area and referee Christian Lescano instantly pointed to the spot, in the face of strong Ivorian protests.

Georgios Samaras, the former Glasgow Celtic striker, showed considerable composure to slot the ball home for his first international goal since Euro 2012 to send the Ivorians out, once again, in the group phase as has happened in the last three World Cups.

Greecewill now face Costa Rica in the second round in Recife on Sunday.

Colombia, who looked increasingly more as the team most capable of creating a real shock in this year’s World Cup made short work of Japan, who seemed overawed by the occasion.

The Colombians finished the match 4-1 to finish top of Group C.

Japan has a theoretical chance of progressing if they had succeeded in beating Colombia, but their hopes were dashed as early as the 17th minute when Juan Cuadrado scored from the penalty spot after Adrian Ramos was pulled down.

The Japanese gave themselves a glimmer of hope just before the half-time whistle when Shinji Okazaki’s headed an equalizer.

However, as the second half got underway Colombia showed again that they were not taking this particular game or the competition lately and took the lead again in the 55th minute when their star player Jackson Martinez hammered in a low strike.

With just eight minutes remaining Martinez sealed a Colombian victory, making a fine run with a well-placed left-foot shot. Martinez’s second goal was a signal for the celebrations to get underway and Colombian manager Jose Pekerman took the opportunity to bring on Faryd Mondragon, whose introduction saw him become the oldest player, at the age of 43 to appear in a World Cup finals tournament, breaking the record previously held by legendary Cameroon forward Roger Milla.

To complete a perfect day for the Columbians James Rodriguez chipped home for his third goal of the tournament with a minute remaining to finish the match 4-1.

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