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World Cup Today: Saturday
by Paul Kennedy, June 14th, 2014 1:15PM

TAGS:  colombia, greece, world cup 2014


[BRAZIL 2014] Ivory Coast became the fourth team in three days to come back from a 1-0 deficit to win at the World Cup -- one more than at the entire 2010 tournament -- beating Japan, 2-1, on second-half goals by English-based stars Wilfried Bony and Gervinho two minutes apart.

Ivory Coast-Japan

Ivory Coast became the fourth team in three days to come back from a 1-0 deficit to win at the World Cup -- one more than at the entire 2010 tournament -- beating Japan, 2-1, on second-half goals by English-based stars Wilfried Bony and Gervinho two minutes apart.

Group C
June 14 in Recife
Ivory Coast 2 Japan 1. Goals: Bony 64, Gervinho 66; Honda 16.
Japan -- Kawashima, Uchida, Honda, Nagatomo, Morishige, Okazaki, Kagawa (Kakitani  86), Yamaguchi, Hasebe (Endo 54), Osako (Okubo 67), Yoshida.
Ivory Coast -- Barry, Boka (Djakpa 75), Zokora, Tiote, Gervinho, Aurier, Yaya Toure, Serey (Drogba 62), Bamba, Kalou, Bony (Ya Konan 78).
Referee: Enrique Osses (Chile).

Group C Standings
3 Colombia 1-0-0 3/0
3 Ivory Coast 1-0-0 2/1
0 Japan 0-0-1 1/2
0 Greece 0-0-1 0/3


Mario Balotelli scored the winning goal early in the second half as Italy won the battle of Manaus with a 2-1 victory over England.

Group D
June 14 in Manaus
Itay 2 England 1.
Goals: Marchisio 35, Balotelli 50; Sturridge 37.
England -- Hart, Johnson, Cahill, Jagielka, Baines, Gerrard, Henderson (Wilshere 73), Sterling, Rooney, Welbeck (Barkley 61), Sturridge (Lallana 80).
Italy --
Sirigu, Darmian, Paletta, Barzagli, Chiellini, Verratti (Motta 57), Pirlo, De Rossi, Candreva (Parolo 80), Balotelli (Immobile, 73), Marchisio.
Yellow Cards:
England -- Sterling 90+2.
Bjorn Kuipers (Netherlands)

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Referee Corner ...

USA GETS SWEDISH MILLIONAIRE. The U.S. World Cup opener against Ghana in Natal will be refereed by Swedish multi-millionaire Jonas Eriksson.

The 40-year-old Eriksson became a multi-millionaire after selling his stake in IEC, an international sports rights company with offices in Stockholm, Lausanne, Sydney, Hong Kong and Dubai, for a reported $10 million in 2007.

This is Eriksson's first World Cup though he has done qualifiers for the 2006, 2010 and 2014 tournaments. He has lots of experience in the UEFA Champions League, having done 19 games in the last three seasons, including Atletico Madrid-Chelsea in 2014.

Uruguay-Costa Rica

Costa Rica got goals from the mercurial Joel Campbell, Nicaraguan-born Oscar Duarte and sub Marcos Urena to run away with a 3-1 comeback win over Uruguay in the greatest performance in the Ticos' soccer history.

WORLD CUP: 8 games, 28 goals (average: 3.50).

Uruguay's collapse was eerily similar to that of another powerhouse, Spain, on Friday. It took a lead on a first-half penalty pick by Edison Cavani but completely collapsed in the second half.

Ticos attacked in waves and were rewarded with three goals in 30 minutes, led by Campbell, who scored the first and set up the for Urena, who had just entered the game as a substitute.

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Group D
June 14  in Fortaleza
Costa Rica 3 Uruguay 1. Goals: Campbell 54, Duarte 57, Urena 84; Cavani pen. 24.
Uruguay --
Muslera; Pereira, Lugano, Godin, Caceres; Stuani, Arevalo Rios, Gargano (Gonzalez 60), Rodriguez (Hernandez 76); Forlan (Lodeiro 60), Cavani.
Costa Rica -- Navas; Gamboa, Duarte, Gonzalez, Umana, Diaz; Borges, Ruiz (Urena 83), Bolanos (Barrantes 88), Tejeda (Cubero 74), Campbell.
Yellow Cards: Uruguay -- Lugano 50, Gargano 56, Caceres 81.
Red Card: Uruguay -- Pereira 90+3.
Referee: Felix Brych (Germany).

Group C Standings
3 Costa Rica 1-0-0 3/1
3 Italy 1-0-0 2/1
0 England 0-0-1 1/2
0 Uruguay 0-0-1 1/3


Goals by Pablo Armero, Teofilo Gutierrez, James Rodriguez gave Colombia a 3-0 win over Greece before a heavily pro-Colombian crowd in Belo Horizonte in their Group C opener.

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Armero scored on a slow, rolling shot in the sixth minute after excellent buildup work from Juan Cuadrado and James Rodriguez, whose dummy gave Armero an open shot that was deflected into the goal.

In the second half, Teo's goal came off a corner kick as he scored on close range after James' corner kick was flicked on.

But the underdog Greeks had created plenty of good chances in the first half as they pressed for the equalizer. And after the second Cafetero goal, Theofanis Gekas rattled the crossbar with an open header.

In stoppage time, the Cafeteros scored again on the break when Cuadrado played the ball on to the open James, who made it 3-0.

Group C
June 14 in Belo Horizonte
Colombia 3 Greece 0.
Goals: Armero 6, Gutierrez 58, Rodriguez 90+2.
Colombia -- Ospina, Zapata, Yepes, Sanchez, Armero (Arias 74), Aguilar (Mejia 69), Cuadrado, Ibarbo, Zuniga, Gutierrez (Martinez 76), Rodriguez.
Greece -- Karnezis, Torosidis, Maniatis, Manolas, Sokratis, Cholevas, Katsouranis, Samaras, Kone, Salpingidis (Fetfatzidis, 57), Gekas (Mitroglou 64).
Yellow Cards: Colombia -- Sanchez 26; Greece -- Sokratis 52, Salpingidis 55.
Referee: Mark Geiger (USA).

Sunday ...

June 15 in Brasilia
Group E: Switzerland vs. Ecuador
ABC, Univision/UDN noon ET
June 15 in Porto Alegre
Group E: France vs. Honduras
ABC, Univision/UDN 3 p.m. ET
June 15 in Rio de Janeiro
Group F: Argentina vs. Bosnia-Herze.
ESPN, Univision/UDN 6 p.m. ET

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