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World Cup 2014: Updated Group Standings and Scores Following Day 8 Results

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 19:  Luis Suarez of Uruguay celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group D match between Uruguay and England at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 19, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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David DanielsSenior Writer IJune 19, 2014

One player can change the 2014 World Cup.

Just ask Uruguay.

On Day 3, it was embarrassed by Costa Rica, losing by the score of 3-1 to a team tied for the worst odds to win the World Cup, according to Odds Shark. But Uruguay didn't have Luis Suarez, who sat with an injury. Healthy, he played on Day 8 against England, and Uruguay looked like a different team.

Thirty-nine minutes in, Luis Suarez scored the opening goal, putting Uruguay on top, 1-0. Uruguay couldn't afford a draw after losing to Costa Rica. While it wouldn't have eliminated them, odds would've been stacked against the Uruguayans.

Odds looked stacked against them when England's Wayne Rooney tied the game at 1-1 with a goal of his own 75 minutes in. But with five minutes remaining, Suarez slipped behind the defense and scored his second goal of the match, which proved to be the game-winner:

Suarez attempted all but one of Uruguay's shots on goal and single-handedly outscored England.

According to ESPN Stats & Info, England isn't eliminated, but it's close:

Suarez wasn't the only outstanding performer for Uruguay. Fernando Muslera finished with five saves. With these two performing at this level, Uruguay is more than capable of not only advancing to the knockout round, but advancing within it.

The first game of the day was actually Colombia vs. Ivory Coast. Neither team entered fearing elimination after opening match wins, so while the showdown held importance, no dire need to win existed.

Defense dominated for most of the match. After 63 minutes, the score remained knotted at 0-0. And then within six minutes, Colombia's James Rodriguez and Juan Quintero both scored a goal, building it a 2-0 lead. 

Ivory Coast's Gervinho scored just three minutes after Quintero, but it couldn't complete the comeback. According to the Washington Post, the win marked the first time in Colombia history it had won two games in a single World Cup:

Colombia will now almost definitely advance to the knockout round. Ivory Coast needs some help, but it's still very much in it.

The final match of the day featured the least excitement. Japan and Greece stayed deadlocked at 0-0 for the entirety of the match. The most action-packed moment came when Greece's Kostas Katsouranis drew a red card.

The two teams combined for just eight shots on goal. And Japan managed only four, despite possessing the ball 74 percent of the match. Both teams' odds of advancing to the knockout round shrunk even more.

Here are the updated standings after Day 8's action:

Tables
PosTeamPtsGDPWDLFA
Group A
1Brazil42211031
2Mexico41211010
3Croatia32210153
4Cameroon0-5200205
Group B
1Netherlands64220083
2Chile62220051
3Australia0-3200236
4Spain0-6200217
Group C
1Colombia64220051
2Ivory Coast30210133
3Japan1-1201112
4Greece1-3201103
Group D
1Costa Rica32110031
2Italy31110021
3Uruguay3-1210134
4England0-2200224
Group E
1France33110030
2Switzerland31110021
3Ecuador0-1100112
4Honduras0-3100103
Group F
1Argentina31110021
2Iran10101000
3Nigeria10101000
4Bosnia and Herzegovina0-1100112
Group G
1Germany34110040
2United States31110021
3Ghana0-1100112
4Portugal0-4100104
Group H
1Belgium31110021
2Russia10101011
3South Korea10101011
4Algeria0-1100112
ESPNFC.com

 

David Daniels is a columnist at Bleacher Report. He tweets, too.

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