Italy 0-1 Uruguay

Italy needed only a draw while Uruguay had to collect all three points as the pair battle for second place in Group D. The match went goalless for almost the entire 90 minutes with both sides having very little clear cut chances. The European side continued to control the game up until the 60th minute mark when Claudio Marchisio was sent off for a reckless tackle which saw the South American side begin to attack for the winning goal. Although an 81st minute header from Diego Godin sent the Italians packing, Luis Suarez stole the headlines as he is once again involved in a controversy after appearing to have bitten Giorgio Chiellini on the shoulders.

 

 

Costa Rica 0-0 England

With Costa Rica already making it through to the next round, the pressure was off as they faced an England side which could do nothing to change the fact that they were already eliminated before the start of the match. Roy Hodgson made nine changes to his team, opting to keep only Gary Cahill and Daniel Sturridge in his starting line up. The English players put on a good final performance for their travelling fans as they had plenty of chances to go into the lead. A first half penalty appeal from Sturridge went unnoticed as chances came and went ending the match goalless.

 

Greece 2-1 Ivory Coast

Greece somehow found their form late into the tournament after overcoming Ivory Coast in a match where the African side only needed a draw to progress into the round of 16. The Greeks came out stronger with a majority of long shots which pulled save after save from Boubarcar Barry. Cheick Tiote was caught in possession as Andreas Samaris took the first half lead with only 3 minutes remaining. The European side continued their barrage of shots, but it was Cote D’Ivoire who pulled one back through Wilfried Bony in the 72nd minute. It was the Greeks who had the final say after Georgios Samaras was brought down by Giovanni Sio in the penalty box earning his team a spot kick in injury time. Samaras however, kept it cool and slotted the ball into the back of the net, earning his team a spot in the next round with a 2-1 victory.

 

Japan 1-4 Colombia

Having already made it through, Colombia still showed their class after overcoming Japan 4-1. Juan Cuadrado began the scoring from the penalty spot after Yasuyuki Konno brought down Adrian Ramos early in the match. Shinji Okazaki brought the game level with a tight header right at the end of the half. The South American side came out even stronger as Jackson Martinez put two more in the back of the net before James Rodriguez finished the game off with a sublime finish in the final minutes of the game. The Japanese were sent packing while the Colombians go through having won three of their three encounters.

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