World Cup Results 2014: Tracking Final Scores, Golden Boot Contenders for Day 13

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistJune 24, 2014

NATAL, BRAZIL - JUNE 24:  Diego Godin of Uruguay (L) celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group D match between Italy and Uruguay at Estadio das Dunas on June 24, 2014 in Natal, Brazil.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
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If Tuesday's action at the World Cup was a movie, it likely would have been Jaws. Or perhaps Hannibal. Or... well, you get the point.

We'll have more on Luis Suarez to follow. But there's still the small task of reviewing the games played today, along with updating the Golden Boot race for the tournament's top goalscorer, a competition that seems likely to have lost one of its top contenders. 

But hey, Suarez is now the frontrunner for the Golden Dentures, so he's got that going for him.

 

Results

Tuesday's Scores
GroupTeam 1ResultTeam 2
DItaly0-1Uruguay
DCosta Rica0-0England
CIvory Coast1-2Greece
CColombia4-1Japan

 

Golden Boot Watch

World Cup Goalscorers
PlayerCountryGoals
NeymarBrazil4
Karim BenzemaFrance3
Enner ValenciaEcuador3
Arjen RobbenNetherlands3
Robin van PersieNetherlands3
Thomas MuellerGermany3
James RodriguezColombia3
Jackson MartinezColombia2
GervinhoIvory Coast2
Luis SuarezUruguay2
Tim CahillAustralia2
Mario MandzukicCroatia2
Lionel MessiArgentina2
Andre AyewGhana2
Clint DempseyUnited States2
Memphis DepayNetherlands2
Ivan PerisicCroatia2
Wilfried BonyIvory Coast2
Juan CuadradoColombia1
Andreas SamarisGreece1
Georgios SamarasGreece1
Diego GodinUruguay1
Blaise MatuidiFrance1
Mathieu ValbuenaFrance1
Moussa SissokoFrance1
Blerim DzemailiSwitzerland1
Granit XhakaSwitzerland1
Bryan RuizCosta Rica1
Wayne RooneyEngland1
Juan QuinteroColombia1
Ivica OlicCroatia1
Mile JedinakAustralia1
Eduardo VargasChile1
Charles AranguizChile1
Sofiane FeghouliIran1
Marouane FellainiBelgium1
Dries MertensBelgium1
Lee Keun-HoSouth Korea1
Alexander KerzhakovRussia1
Mario BalotelliItaly1
Claudio MarchisioItaly1
Daniel SturridgeEngland1
Edinson CavaniUruguay1
Joel CampbellCosta Rica1
Oscar DuarteCosta Rica1
Marcos UrenaCosta Rica1
Pablo ArmeroColombia1
Teofilo GutierrezColombia1
Stefan de VrijNetherlands1
Xabi AlonsoSpain1
OscarBrazil1
Oribe PeraltaMexico1
Alexis SanchezChile1
Jorge ValdíviaChile1
Jean BeausejourChile1
Keisuke HondaJapan1
Admir MehmediSwitzerland1
Haris SeferovicSwitzerland1
Carlo CostlyHonduras1
Vedad IbisevicBosnia-Herzegovina1
Mats HummelsGermany1
Olivier GiroudFrance1
John Anthony BrooksUnited States1
Mario GotzeGermany1
Miroslav KloseGermany1
Asamoah GyanGhana1
Peter OdemwingieNigeria1
Divock OrigiBelgium1
Islam SlimaniAlgeria1
Rafik HallicheAlgeria1
Abdelmoumene DjabouAlgeria1
Son Heung MinSouth Korea1
Yacine BrahimiAlgeria1
Koo JacheolSouth Korea1
NaniPortugal1
Jermaine JonesUnited States1
Silvestre VarelaPortugal1
David VillaSpain1
Fernando TorresSpain1
Juan MataSpain1
Leroy FerNetherlands1
Rafael MarquezMexico1
Andres GuardadoMexico1
Javier HernandezMexico1
Joel MatipCameroon1
FredBrazil1
FernandinhoBrazil1
Tuesday scorers are highlighted

 

Analysis

NATAL, BRAZIL - JUNE 24:  Giorgio Chiellini of Italy pulls down his shirt after a clash with Luis Suarez of Uruguay (not pictured) as Gaston Ramirez of Uruguay looks on during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group D match between Italy and Uruguay at Estad
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Diego Godin scored a game-winning goal for Uruguay on Tuesday, ensuring that his country would be moving on to the knockout phase after defeating Italy, 1-0. But let's be honest—all anybody could talk about afterwards was a red card and a bit of biting deja vu.

That's right, folks—Suarez appeared to flash his fangs in the direction of an opponent once more.

But the game really changed in the 61st minute, when Claudio Marchisio was sent off for the following challenge on Egidio Arevalo, passed along by ESPN FC:

And then things got really strange, as Suarez appeared to bite Giorgio Chiellini in the 79th minute:

That, folks, could very well be the last you see of Suarez in this tournament if he indeed bit Chiellini. And it certainly appeared as though there were bite marks on Chiellini, per Bleacher Report UK:

After the match, Chiellini didn't hold back, via Ben Smith of BBC Sports:

But there was still a game to be played, and a little over a minute after the "Bite heard 'round the world," Godin scored the winner off a set piece. And with that, an enraged Italian team was sent home.

Suffice to say, that game had far more bite than the England versus Costa Rica match (sorry, I couldn't resist), which finished in a scoreless draw. And so England left the World Cup with a barely discernible whimper. A rough campaign in Brazil for a team with too much talent to leave with a single point.

Jon Super/Associated Press

The second slate of games had more goals, but no less drama. Colombia absolutely smoked Japan, winning 4-1 behind Jackson Martinez's brace. Juan Cuadrado opened the scoring with this penalty:

But that game had nothing on the roller-coaster ride that Greece and the Ivory Coast had us all riding. The goal coming in for each team was pretty simple—for Greece, a win and some help would get them into the next round. For the Ivory Coast, all they had to do was win.

Greece struck first, as Andreas Samaris found the back of the net in the 42nd minute. But the Ivory Coast looked as though they had secured their berth in the next round after Gervinho set up Wilfried Bony's equaliser in the 74th minute.

And then came the drama. 

With Greece pressing for a winner in stoppage time, it appeared in real time as though Giovanni Sio had clipped Georgios Samaras' heel in the box. But replays appeared to show that Sio never actually touched Samaras, who scuffed his shot and looked to have tripped himself (before adding a bit of emphasis for good measure) rather than getting knocked over by Sio. 

The ref pointed to the spot, however, and Samaras calmly stepped up to the spot, converted and sent Greece into the last 16 to face Costa Rica. You can judge for yourself whether the ref made the correct call, via ESPN FC:

After Tuesday's drama, we perhaps can take Suarez out of the running for the Golden Boot. He would have had a task on his hands to catch Neymar anyway, as the Brazilian superstar has now notched braces in two of his three games. 

Of course, Arjen Robben and Robin van Persie are also on to the next round, and the Dutch counter has been scintillating thus far. Karim Benzema's form has been sizzling as well, and he could easily have more than his three goals. Thus far, he's had one goal ruled a Honduras own-goal, failed to convert from the spot and appeared to score at the very end of the Switzerland match, only to discover the ref had blown the final whistle just seconds earlier.

Yes, Benzema could easily have six goals right now, and France have looked a major danger. 

Christophe Ena/Associated Press

Of course, there's always the world's most prolific goalscorer to consider, Lionel Messi, who has two to his name. Or Thomas Mueller, who has the tournament's lone hat trick. It's all up in the air, folks. 

Especially now that one very famous set of teeth will probably be watching the rest of the World Cup from a couch. 

 

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