World Cup Day 13: Uruguay 1-0 Italy, Colombia 4-1 Japan, Costa Rica 0-0 England, Greece 2-1 Ivory Coast
June 24, 2014 - 06:24 pm
- Greece's Giorgos Samaras, right, celebrates scoring his side's second goal from the penalty spot during the group C World Cup soccer match between Greece and Ivory Coast at the Arena Castelao in Fortaleza, Brazil, Tuesday, June 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
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Ugliness reigns as Uruguay edges 10-man Italy 1-0NATAL, Brazil (AP) - Captain Diego Godin scored in the 81st minute as Uruguay edged 10-man Italy 1-0 Tuesday to reach the second round of the World Cup, although the victory was overshadowed by a biting incident involving the South American side's star forward Luis Suarez. Four-time champion Italy, meanwhile, is heading home after the group phase for the second time in four years. Godin rose above a crowd of defenders to meet a corner with his left shoulder and veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon had no chance. Moments earlier, replays showed Suarez apparently bite the shoulder of Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini as the pair clashed in the Italian penalty area. Suarez was already sanctioned with a heavy ban for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic in the English Premier League in 2013 and FIFA can sanction players for biting with bans of up to two years. Italy midfielder Claudio Marchisio was shown a direct red card for putting his boot into Egidio Arevalo's knee in the 59th. Mario Balotelli picked up his second yellow card in two matches during the first half, and was benched for the second period. Uruguay finished Group D with six points and Italy goes home with three.
Colombia tops group by beating Japan 4-1CUIABA, Brazil (AP) - Substitute James Rodriguez scored a brilliant goal and set up two more for Jackson Martinez as Colombia beat Japan 4-1 on Tuesday to confirm top spot in Group C and eliminate the Asian champions from the World Cup. Already assured of advancing, Colombia guaranteed first place with its third straight win, setting up a second-round match against Uruguay. The Colombians started with a virtual second-string lineup but still went in front when Juan Cuadrado - one of the few regular starters - drilled in a 17th-minute penalty. Japan equalized with the last touch of the first half through Shinji Okazaki's header but Martinez scored in the 55th and 82nd minutes - both from superb passes from Rodriguez - to put the result beyond doubt.
Costa Rica tops group after 0-0 draw with EnglandBELO HORIZONTE, Brazil (AP) - Costa Rica has finished first in what many considered the World Cup's toughest group after a dour 0-0 draw against a second-string England side Tuesday. Costa Rica only needed a draw to top Group D and it played that way, setting up in a defensive 5-3-2 formation. England had already been eliminated and will go home without a win after striker Daniel Sturridge missed a number of chances throughout the match. Sturridge's best chance in the second half came in the 65th after a nice one-two with Jack Wilshere. But the forward's curling shot from the right just missed squeezing inside the far post. Costa Rica will play the runner-up in Group C in the second round. England lost its first two matches to Italy and Uruguay.
Greece advances after late penaltyFORTALEZA, Brazil (AP) - Georgios Samaras scored an injury-time penalty to put Greece into the second round of the World Cup with a 2-1 win over Ivory Coast. Samaras was adjudged to have been brought down by substitute Giovanni Sio and Samaras calmly slotted in the spot kick for the win that puts Greece through to the knockout stage. Ivory Coast would have advanced with a draw. Substitute Wilfried Bony had equalized for Ivory Coast in the 74th, beating goalkeeper Pangiotis Glykos from close range after being set up by Gervinho. The Greeks had taken the lead just before halftime through substitute Andreas Samaris. Veteran striker Didier Drogba started for Ivory Coast along with Yaya and Kolo Toure despite the recent death of their brother Ibrahim. The Ivorians wore black armbands as a sign of mourning.