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.
|Group||Team 1||Result||Team 2|
Golden Boot Watch
|Robin van Persie||Netherlands||3|
|Clint Dempsey||United States||2|
|Wilfried Bony||Ivory Coast||2|
|Bryan Ruiz||Costa Rica||1|
|Lee Keun-Ho||South Korea||1|
|Joel Campbell||Costa Rica||1|
|Oscar Duarte||Costa Rica||1|
|Marcos Urena||Costa Rica||1|
|Stefan de Vrij||Netherlands||1|
|John Anthony Brooks||United States||1|
|Son Heung Min||South Korea||1|
|Koo Jacheol||South Korea||1|
|Jermaine Jones||United States||1|
Tuesday scorers are highlighted
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:
Chiellini: "It is clear, clear-cut. Suarez knew very well that he did something he shouldn't have."— Ben Smith (@BenSmithBBC) June 24, 2014
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.
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:
Colombia continue to dominate goal celebrations, breaking out the Thriller dance after Cuadrado's penalty » http://t.co/bRBiXWRGkD— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) June 24, 2014
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.
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.