Two of the teams playing on Tuesday have already qualified for the 2014 World Cup knockout stages, but the battle for the final two tickets will be fierce when action resumes, with a total of five teams still in the running.
Colombia and Costa Rica will be playing to avoid injuries and suspensions, and England have nothing but pride at stake, but every other team will be fighting to keep its 2014 World Cup bid alive.
Fans will be on the edge of their seats on Tuesday, as a single goal could make the difference between a premature exit from the tournament or another chance at World Cup glory. Here's the full schedule for Matchday 13, complete with TV and live stream info:
|Time (BST)||Time (ET)||Match||TV Info||Live Stream|
|5 p.m.||12 p.m.||Italy v Uruguay||ESPN/ITV4||WatchESPN/ITV Player|
|5 p.m.||12 p.m.||Costa Rica v England||ESPN2/ITV||WatchESPN/ITV Player|
|9 p.m.||4 p.m.||Japan v Colombia||ESPN/BBC1||WatchESPN/BBC iPlayer|
|9 p.m.||4 p.m.||Greece v Ivory Coast||ESPN2/BBC3||WatchESPN/BBC iPlayer|
Italy v Uruguay
The Azzurri's title defence in 2010 came to an early ending following a group-stage loss against Slovakia, and Cesare Prandelli will want to avoid history repeating itself when his team takes on Uruguay on Tuesday.
Gianluigi Buffon was part of the group that travelled to South Africa four years ago, and he told reporters his team needs to raise its game, as reported by the London Evening Standard's Andy Hodgson:
Now we have to send some positive signals and the only way to do that is to raise our game against Uruguay.
We need to show some strength and pride and come up with a win. We need cool heads but also to be highly motivated.
If we end up going out in the first round, it will be a failure.
According to Sky Sport's Sumeet Paul, Prandelli is planning on shifting back to a 3-5-2 formation, which would allow Ciro Immobile to make his first start at a World Cup:
Reports of a switch to a 3-5-2 system for Italy + papers will get their wish with Balotelli and Immobile up front vs Uruguay.— Sumeet Paul (@italiafooty) June 23, 2014
Uruguay's full-backs were badly exposed against Costa Rica, but England failed to take advantage of that in their 2-1 loss to La Celeste. Uruguay were far from their best in that fixture, but the deadly partnership of Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani lived up to its billing.
The Italians' main concern will be containing the duo, while Uruguay will want to replicate Costa Rica's approach by slowing down the circulation of the ball and marking Andrea Pirlo out of the match.
Costa Rica v England
The Costa Ricans shocked the world by beating both Uruguay and Italy in their first two fixtures, and they'd love to complete the trifecta by catching England's scalp as well.
Roy Hodgson is facing a lot of pressure for the team's lack of results in Brazil, and the Three Lions are in dire need of a strong performance to end the tournament on a positive note.
According to the fans, it might not even matter, with The Telegraph's Tom Brooks-Pollock reporting venues all around the country are cancelling their plans of screening the match:
Public screenings of England's dead rubber World Cup match with Costa Rica are being cancelled, as fans lose interest following the national side's elimination.
Pubs, clubs and churches decided to pull the plug on their big screens, as fans took to Twitter to declare that there was no point watching the game.
Per Squawka, it looks like Hodgson has already started preparing for the future, introducing Luke Shaw into the starting XI:
The Costa Ricans would like to avoid suspensions or injuries in a match that is essentially meaningless, so don't expect either side to truly put its best foot forward.
Japan v Colombia
Colombia have already qualified for the round of 16 but still need to keep an eye on Ivory Coast, who could sneak past them in the standings with a win over Greece. A draw against Japan will ensure the South Americans keep hold of the top spot, so they will have something to play for.
The Samurai Blue have disappointed so far during the tournament, but they could still sneak into the next round with a win over Colombia. As long as Ivory Coast doesn't beat Greece, goal difference will be the deciding factor.
Japan's need for goals could see the introduction of Yoichiro Kakitani, who has so far played a surprisingly small amount of minutes during the World Cup. Colombia could rest stars such as Mario Yepes, Juan Cuadrado and James Rodriguez with an eye on the knockout stages, opening the door for Japan to come away with a win.
The Samurai Blue have to hop Shinji Kagawa will finally wake up; however, the Manchester United man offered little to no help in support of Keisuke Honda during the team's first two matches.
Greece v Ivory Coast
A draw could be enough for Ivory Coast to qualify for the next round, depending on what happens in the tie between Colombia and Japan. A victory will make that result irrelevant, and should the Colombians lose, it could even lead to the Elephants stealing the top spot in Group C on the final matchday.
Greece need a lot of help in order to still qualify, but if they can beat Ivory Coast and Colombia take care of Japan, they could still make it. The Greeks would arguably be the most unlikely team to qualify given how poorly they have performed so far during the World Cup.
A total lack of creativity and inspiration, combined with sloppy play out wide, has forced the team into a one-dimensional brand of football, relying on an organised defence, long balls forward and the occasional set piece.
Ivory Coast have the strength in midfield to dominate possession in this match, and Serge Aurier has to like the prospect of going up against Greece's static back four. The Ivorians are heavy favourites in this tie—and for good reason.