FT: Italy 0 Uruguay 1


Fulltime: Uruguay through thanks to Godin's header, and Italy crash out. But the game is mared by rash challenges and a red card to Marcisio, and perhaps another Luis Suarez biting incident.

Buffon way off his line as the ball falls to Suarez on the halfway line, but the Liverpool man shoots miles wide!

Arevalo breaks through and looks to have wrong-footed a defender, but then loses his balance as he's about to shoot

YELLOW - Muslera booked for time-wasting

90 - Five mins of stoppage time to be played

89 - Italy can wrap it up as Suarez breaks through and gives Uruguay a 3-on-1, but his square ball is cut out and Italy hang on.

87 - Italy have finally woken up and are throwing everything at Uruguay, but have they left it too late?

85 - Pirlo with a long-range freekick, but it's deflected for a corner. Nothing comes of it though. 

84 More drama as one of the Italian coaching staff is sent off the bench for an altercation with his Uruguayan counterparts.

81 GOAL!!!!! Godin rises highest from a corner to head home. As it stands Uruguay are going through.

78 SUB: Gaston Ramirez on for Rodriquez

77 YELLOW De Sciglio

75 SUB: Final sub for Italy as Thiago Motta replaces the injured Verratti

71 SUB: Cassano comes on, replacing Immobile.

68 - Pirlo plays in Immobile, but Giminez with a well-timed tackle to block the shot.

66 - Brilliant save Buffon!! Suarez bursts through, but Buffon with an excellent one-handed save to keep the powerful shot out. What a monent that might prove!

65 - Italy have been poor, and it's even affecting Pirlo as he shoots miles over

63 SUB: Uruguay going for the win now as Alvaro Pereira is relaced by Christian Stuani.

59 RED! Marchisio showsn a straight red for an over-the-ball challenge on Avelaro. Replays suggest it's the correct call.

58 - Closest so far as Rodriguez plays a lovely one-two with Suarez, but then fires his shot across the face of goal. Should have done better.

54 - After all the thrills and spills at the World Cup so far, this match has to go down as one of the more disappointing so far. So, so little in terms of goalmouth action.

51 - Cavani goes down claiming a penalty, but the ref is having none of it. He's a bit unhappy about that one.

49 - Bit of a hold-up as Caceras needs some attention...

47 YELLOW - Arevalo shown a yellow

SUBS: Maxi Pereira on for Lodeiro, and the surprise but not surprise one, Balotelli taken off for Paralo.

The players are back out ...

Halftime - Goalless at the break, and not a lot to write home about. Suarez with the best chance, but it was barely a half-a-chance. Hopefully we are better after the break.

45 - To minutes to be added

45 - Another harsh challenge, another free-kick, another Suarez delivery, another non-goal.

42 - Marchisio with a cross from the left, but it's just to high for Immobile. Looks like we're heading for a goalless first half.

38 - Caceras has a shot at goal - from 60 yards out!! Suffice to say, it doesn't bother Buffon, other then the fact that he has to go and retrieve the ball.

35 - Balotelli has been utter rubbish for Italy so far, and looks an accident waiting to happen. It's one of those games where he either gets sent off or scores a brilliant winner.

33 - First chance for Suarez as a neat one-two plays him in, though on a tight angle. Buffon saves his shot, and also the follow-up from Lodeiro.

32 - Rodriquez bursts through the middle with a powerful run, but the final ball is poor.

30 - Another half-chance, this time for Italy, but Immobile's volley is well over the bar.

29 - Great feet from Verratti in the middle of the park, skinning two opposing players, but the move comes to nothing.

27 - Balotelli rushes a shot from distance, but it's well wide. Sorts of sums up his day so far.

23 - Form the resultant free-kick Suarez puts the ball right in the mix, but Buffon punches clear under pressure.

22 YELLOW - Finally a card, and deservedly so as Balotelli goes crashing into the back of a defender. He will miss the next game, if they have one.

20 - Half-chance for Uruguay as Pereira swings in a cross to Cavani, but his shot is blocked.

15 - Uruguay on a quick counter, but the ball to Suarez in space is poor. The Liverpool does not hide his feelings on the quality of the pass...

14 - Italy dominating possession early on, but nothing to show for it. 

11 - Pirlo with a freekick in a dangerous position, but for once his delivery is poor and the danger is cleared.

8 - Nasty head collission between Chielinni and a Uruguay striker, but the defender is back up. Rough start to this match.

6 - Now Suarez gets hacked down by Barzagli, but again no card. The ref has set a precedent.

4 - Cynical foul on Cavani, but it's no more than a free-kick. Some heavy tackles being made early on.

3 - Balotelli surges through the middle, but is quickly closed down by two defenders. The Italian striker now hobbling around - hope it's nothing serious.

1 - And we're off, with Italy playing from left to right

The situation is pretty simple - the winner of the match goes through to the next round.

Should it be a draw, Italy will advance due to a better goal-difference.


Italy XI: Buffon, De Sciglio, Chiellini, Darmian, Marchisio, Barzagli, Immobile, Bonucci, Pirlo, Verratti, Balotelli

Uruguay XI: Muslera, Godin, Pereira, Rodriguez, Caceres, Gimenez, Lodeiro, Arevalo, Gonzalez, Cavani, Suarez