[BRAZIL 2014] Diego Godin's goal in the 81st minute gave Uruguay a 1-0 win over 10-man Italy that moved the Celeste into the round of 16 at the Azzurri's expense.
But the talk of the game will be Luis Suarez's apparent bite on Italian
defender Giorgio Chiellini just a minute before the game's only goal.
As Suarez and Chiellini tussled, Suarez leaned over as if to head-butt the
Italian defender but instead put his head into Chiellini's shoulder. Chiellini protested to Mexican referee Marco Rodriguez, who did not see the incident, and
pulled down his jersey to show off what appeared to be a bite mark. Suarez's teammate, Gaston Ramirez, came over, to pull the jersey up.
said the incident was clearcut and it was ridiculous Suarez was not sent off. "Suarez is a sneak," he added, "and he gets away with it because FIFA wants their stars to play in the World Cup."
Suarez has twice before been suspended for biting an opponent, first in the Netherlands and then in England. He could still be sanctioned by FIFA. Uruguay coach Oscar Tavarez did not want to comment. Suarez had returned from knee surgery last month to score both goals and Uruguay to a 2-1 win over England.
"I'd like to see the
images first," he said. "If it happened, the referee probably didn't see it." But Tabarez tried to not let the incident overshadow the Celeste's achievement.
"This is a soccer World Cup," he added. "It's not about morality, cheap morality."
Godin, who scored for Atletico Madrid in its
La Liga-title clinching tie with Barcelona on the final day of the season and in the UEFA Champions league final, rose over the Italian defense to score with the back of his left shoulder. The win was
the second in a row for the Celeste after it opened with a 3-1 loss to group winner Costa Rica.
Italy had Claudio Marchisio sent off midway through
the second half for a studs-up challenge on former Chicago Fire player Egidio Arevalo Rios. In emotionally charged match, Italy coach Cesare Prandelli, who announced his resignation after the game, took off star Mario Balotelli at the half after he picked up a yellow card.
"We played great in the first game," said Prandelli, "poorly in the second, played to the very end today."
-- Uruguay joins Costa Rica in the second round. The Ticos won the group
with a 0-0 tie against England, which exited with one point in three games, its worst record ever at the World Cup.
Group D Standings:
PTS TEAM W-T-L GF/GA
7 Costa Rica 2-1-0 4/1
6 Uruguay 2-0-1 4/4
3 Italy 1-0-2 2/3
1 England 0-1-2 2/4
June 24 in Natal
Uruguay 1 Italy 0. Goal: Godin 81.
June 24 in Belo Horizonte
Costa Rica 0 England 0.
Ivory Coast controls its
own destiny and will join group leader Colombia in the next round if it beats winless Greece.
Group C Standings:
PTS TEAM W-T-L GF/GA
6 Colombia 2-0-0 5/1
Coast 1-0-1 3/3
1 Japan 0-1-1 1/2
1 Greece 0-1-1 0/3
June 24 in Cuiaba
Japan vs. Colombia
ESPN, Univision/UDN 4 p.m. ET
June 24 in Fortaleza
Greece vs. Ivory Coast
ESPN2, UniMas/Galavision 4 p.m. ET