As the third and final matches of group play continue, teams are now locking up their spots in the round of 16, and there was plenty of drama heading into Tuesday's games.
As the Day 13 action wraps up, Wednesday and Thursday will feature the final eight matches of group play. After that, the knockout stage will begin on Saturday, starting with Brazil and Chile, who have already confirmed their progression after Monday.
Below is a look at the updated tables as Tuesday's matches conclude, followed by the results of the finished games from Day 13.
Day 13 Results
Costa Rica 0, England 0
Heading into Tuesday, Costa Rica had already clinched a spot in the knockout round and most likely the top spot in Group D, while England had already been eliminated. However, the Three Lions didn't lie down and accept defeat, even after two close losses in their opening matches.
Both sides got a handful of opportunities in the first half, but England might have had the best chance. Coming off of a corner kick just under 35 minutes in, Daniel Sturridge went just over the post on a header that could have put England ahead.
Despite being scoreless at half time, there were some positive signs for England. They had gotten a few solid scoring opportunities, and according to WhoScored.com, Frank Lampard had been an efficient passer, with a completion rate 95 percent.
Neither side was able to do much in the second half, either. There were few actual shots on goal, and even less possession inside the box. Because of that, the game ended in a scoreless draw.
The match didn't make much of a difference, as Costa Rica have the top spot in Group D, while England finished at the bottom. They'll be playing the team to finish second in Group C on Sunday, and given the other talent in that group, the odds look good for Costa Rica to potentially advance to the round of eight.
Uruguay 1, Italy 0
With one spot in Group D already locked up, Italy and Uruguay were fighting for the second spot in the knockout stage. With a win or draw, Italy would advance, putting the pressure on Uruguay to take control and grab a victory.
Heading into the match, Italy coach Cesare Prandelli understood that the team would have to contain Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani to at least get the draw, understanding just how talented both men are.
“Their attack pairing is one of the strongest in the World Cup,” Prandelli told Jim Vertuno of the Associated Press. “They’re both modern forwards with a feeling for the goal who don’t concede reference points to defenders. We’re going to have to contain them.”
Uruguay got some good looks throughout the half, taking seven shots on target with three on goal, but Italy had some chances as well. Still, neither side could find the back of the net early, which meant that Uruguay had just one more half to try and score a goal and get the win to advance.
However, the Italians got some bad news early when Mario Balotelli earned his second yellow card of the World Cup. With that booking, Balotelli would miss the team's next game if they advanced, forcing Italy to pull him before the second half for fear of him drawing yet another yellow card.
Balotelli wasn't the only one that was playing aggressively in the match. According to ESPN's Paul Carr, there were 24 fouls in the match at half time, which was the most in the first 45 minutes of any World Cup match.
The two sides continued to play physically in the second half, and that didn't go well for Italy. Before the 60-minute mark, Claudio Marchisio received a red card, leaving Italy with just 10 men.
With the man advantage, Uruguay tried and tried to find the back of the net, and they were finally able to find it in the 81st minute. With their World Cup lives in the balance, Diego Godin was able to score the go-ahead header, and with Italy having just 10 men, they couldn't respond, giving Uruguay the huge win.
Thanks to the win, Uruguay will be playing Colombia on Saturday, while Italy will have to think about the loss as they head home, coming so close to advancing to the knockout stage.
Colombia 4, Japan 1
While Colombia had already clinched their spot in the knockout stage, Japan were trying to take on the talented squad and secure a spot of their own.
Japan looked good early, staying aggressive and getting the ball in the box early, even getting shots off. However, none of them could find the back of the net, and then Japan's defense made a crucial error early, giving Juan Cuadrado a penalty kick that he easily made to put Colombia up 1-0 in the 17th minute.
According to Squawka Football, Cuadrado had been involved in two thirds of the team's World Cup goals.
That goal could have demoralized Japan, but with an additional minute in the first half, they finally capitalized, as Shinji Okazaki was able to grab the game-tying goal just before half time. Japan was clearly setting the tone in the first half, with 14 shots on target to Columbia's three, but they needed to find ways to make the most of their opportunities.
The two teams seemed to swap mentalities at half time, as it was Colombia that came out much more aggressive. That paid off early, as Jackson Martinez was able to put his team up 2-1 in the 55th minute.
Martinez came up big once again late to officially give Colombia their third win. On a breakaway opportunity for Colombia in the 82nd minute, Martinez was able to get the ball and grab his second goal of the game.
James Rodriguez got another goal to pour it on, ending the game with a dominant 4-1 victory.
As the top team in Group C, Colombia will be playing Uruguay in their match in the round of 16. With the controversial alleged bite from Luis Suarez, there's a chance that Colombia could play Uruguay without having to take on their elite striker.
Greece 2, Ivory Coast 1
The stingy defense of Greece was playing the talented forwards of the Ivory Coast for a chance to make it to the knockout round, and a first-half miscue made things interesting.
After not scoring in either of the first two matches, Greece were finally able to get their first goal of the World Cup in the 42nd minute thanks to Andreas Samaris. According to ESPN Stats & Info, it was the first World Cup goal in 330 minutes for Greece.
Greece's defense continued to hold through most of the second half, but the Ivory Coast strikers were finally able to pull through in the 74th minute thanks to Wilfried Bony, tying things up at 1-1.
As John Bennett from BBC points out, it was a big goal for Bony to come out of Didier Drogba's shadow.
Both teams had multiple scoring chances in the second half, and with the two teams playing in injury time, Greece drew an incredibly controversial penalty on an apparent dive. Georgios Samaras scored on the ensuing penalty kick, and just like that Greece pulled out a miracle 2-1 victory.
According to ESPN's Paul Carr, it's the first time Greece has ever advanced to the knockout round.
After it looked like Ivory Coast would advanced to the round of 16 with a draw, Greece was able to take the spot from them and will now play Costa Rica. Meanwhile, Ivory Coast fans will continue to be upset about the controversial penalty.
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