ITALY 0-1 URUGUAY
The game between Italy and Uruguay was full of controversy majorly based on the referee decisions which saw the Azzurris bow out of the 2014 World Cup tournament. Diego Godin’s late header send Uruguay through at the expense of 10-man Italy, after yet another controversial Luiz Suarez ‘biting’ incident that went unpunished.
In the second half the Mexican referee produced a controversial red card against Claudio Marchisio in the 59th minute for a challenge on Egidio Arevalo Rios. Minutes later, the referee ignored an incident where Suarez evidently bit the Italian defender Chiellini on the shoulder and only gave a free kick Later on, Uruguay got a corner and Godini converted it into a goal. Suarez served a ten-match suspension for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic in 2013.
The standards of officiating in this season’s World Cup appear quite wanting and some players have described it as the worst ever seen in history.
A Croatian defender described the officiating in their opening game against Brazil as a “joke”!
Apparently, some of the officials have already been dismissed; a good example is the linesman who denied Dos Santos two clear goals in the game between Mexico and Cameroon.
ENGLAND BOW OUT IN A GOALLESS DRAW WITH COSTA RICA
It’s been a disappointing world cup for The Three Lions and their last game bared it all. As one frustrated English fan said; “there is only one thing worse than a dead rubber and it’s what England played out in their game against Costa Rica”.
The England coach, Roy Hodgson decided to start with his second team which included Foster, Jones, Smalling, Lampard, Wilshere, Milner, Lallana and Barkley, but didn’t paid off. The game was dull throughout and especially in the first 45minutes.
The draw means Costa Rica, who were considered as underdogs, lead the group with 7 points followed by Uruguay who have 6 points.
UNLUCKY ELEPHANTS FAIL AGAIN
Ivory Coast 1-2 Greece
The Greeks booked their place in the last 16 by a 93rd minute penalty, converted by Georgios Samaras to beat Ivory Coast 2-1. The last minute goal meant that Greece was through to the 2nd round of the competition for the first time in the nation’s history.
On the other hand it was another unlucky time for Drogba, Yaya Toure and company that were named the ‘Golden generation’ to fail to qualify past the group stages.
Majority of these players might not be available in the next World Cup and it’s shocking that a team with such talented players in Africa have yet to win any title for their country. The goals were scored by Samaris (42′), Bony (74′) and Samaras (pen 90+).
OLDEST PLAYER IN WORLD CUP HISTORY
Colombia 4-1 Japan
Jackson Martinez and James Rodriguez put Colombia in the knockout stages with a 100% record, as they easily swept off Japan by four goals to one.
The first half ended at 1-1 and it looked like Japan was up to pull a surprise but Colombia killed the game with three goals in the second half. Veteran goal keeper Faryd Mondragon was brought in by the manager Jose Pekerman for the last 5mins of the game and thereby making history as the oldest player to participate in a World Cup final at the age of 43, equaling Roger Milla’s age record.
Colombia prepares to battle it out with Uruguay in an all South American affair as Costa Rica face off with Greece.
11pm- Honduras vs Switzerland and Ecuador vs France
7pm- Nigeria vs Argentina and Bosnia vs Iran