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Uruguay beat Italy to reach last 16

Posted: 24 June 2014 Time: 20:07

Italy have joined fellow big-name European sides like Spain and England on the plane home following a 1-0 Group D defeat to Uruguay in a match marred by controversy.

Diego Godin scored the only goal of the game 10 minutes from time, but it was a straight red shown to Claudio Marchisio, followed by what looked like another bite from Luis Suarez, which will grab the headlines.

The two sides went into this game knowing that the winner will progress to the Last 16, though a draw would have also seen Italy through on goal-difference.

The first half was a scrappy affair – one with little goalmouth action and plenty of reckless challenges.

The only real chance of the half fell to Suarez just past the half-hour mark when a neat one-two played him in. However, Gianluigi Buffon saved his shot from a tight angle, and then Nicolas Lodeiro’s follow-up as well.

Italy made a change at the break by replacing Mario Balotelli, who was having one of those days where he either gets sent off or scores an amazing winner. Cesare Prandelli was clearly thinking the former and decided to remove the AC Milan man, who had already been booked.

Uruguay had the best chance so far on 58 minutes when Christian Rodriguez combined with Suarez, but the winger’s shot went across the face of goal when he really should have done better.

A minute later and Marchisio was shown a deserved red for an over-the-ball challenge on Egidio Arevalo, and after that it was all the South Americans.

Buffon was again called upon to make an unbelievable one-handed save to deny Suarez, before the goal on 81 minutes as Godin rose highest from a corner to bury and excellent header.

However, in the build-up to that goal Suarez appeared to bite Giorgio Chiellini on the shoulder. The Italian defender was crying foul and showed apparent bite marks on his shoulder, but the referee was having none of it.

Italy were now throwing everything forward and should have conceded another goal a minute from time when Uruguay broke three-on-one, but Suarez’s square ball was cut out when a sure goal was on.

Try as they may, the Azzurri could not get the goal to get them through to the next round, meaning for the second World Cup in a row, the Italians can’t get beyond the group stages.

However, all headlines will surely point to Suarez once again ...

Livefyre comments on this story...

posted: 2014-06-24 18:31:51

Suarez was probably abused when he was young

Bik Chief
posted: 2014-06-24 19:26:11

Dis Suarez guy is full of crap nxa!!!in Mzantsi he handled a ball which shud hv seen Ghana progressed 2 de 2nd round,in Brazil he bite other players wit his long teeth

former buc_champ
posted: 2014-06-24 21:38:49

Suarez didn't bite that guy, it's only his word that the Uruguayan ' tried ' to bite him, what looked more like a rugby tackle to me. The fact of the matter is that Uruguay looked dead in this group after the first game without Suarez there but the moment he was game things changed for the better, he again proved that he's one of the best players in the world, definitely top 3, undoubtedly! People must just get over themselves and stop making Suarez the villain in every incident which looks dodgy, you don't know what happened at that moment, that guy could've provoked the guy (not that I would condone unprofessional behavior) or animal like. I'm not a Suarez fan but the guy is tops! Once and always bucs.

posted: 2014-06-25 07:12:38

I used to like this guy but not anymore. U can't keep on biting players, he did the same in the English Premier League game.

posted: 2014-06-25 20:40:22

 canibal or not still a good playa

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