World Cup 2014: Winners and Losers from Day 13
Day 13 of the 2014 FIFA World Cup saw Groups C and D settled and featured no shortage of controversy.
In Fortaleza, Greece were awarded a controversial penalty in second-half stoppage time that eventually put them into the next round at the expense of Ivory Coast. And in Natal, Uruguay striker Luis Suarez was involved in another alleged biting incident as his side snuck a 1-0 win past a short-handed Italy, who are headed home after only three matches.
Colombia and Japan also faced one another in Cuiaba while Costa Rica went up against England in Belo Horizonte.
Following are the biggest winners and losers from another intriguing day of World Cup play.
Winner: Diego Godin, Who Scored Another Important Goal
It had the appearance of his La Liga winner for Atletico Madrid at Barcelona last month.
Making a small run before jumping to latch onto a corner kick from the right, Diego Godin headed the ball into the back of the net against Italy on Tuesday, winning a vital Group D encounter for Uruguay.
La Celeste had arrived in Natal requiring all three points to advance, and once Claudio Marchisio was sent off they went in search of the goal they needed.
But it wasn’t until the 81st minute that Godin finally scored—adding just another important header to his growing collection.
Loser: Claudio Marchisio, Who Was Rightfully Sent off
Italy required only a draw in order to advance into the round of 16, but just before the hour-mark their assignment was made considerably more difficult when they were reduced to 10 men.
The culprit: Claudio Marchisio. The crime: a high, reckless foul on Arevalo Rios.
He should have had no complaints, which was certainly the view of Tancredi Palmeri, who thought the correct call was made.
Fair red card. Idiotic from Marchisio
Referee Marco Rodriguez was in perfect position to make the call, and for the next 22 minutes Italy tried to shut up shop for a single point.
It didn’t work. Diego Godin’s 81st-minute header won the match, and a place in the next round, for Uruguay.
Winner: Costa Rica, Who Are the World Cup’s Cinderella Story
Costa Rica opened their 2014 World Cup campaign with an unexpected, come-from-behind win over Uruguay in Fortaleza.
Six days later they beat Italy in Recife—a result that guaranteed the CONCACAF nation a place in the round of 16.
On Tuesday in Belo Horizonte, the Ticos put the finishing touches on a memorable group stage with a 0-0 draw with already-eliminated England.
An unlikely Cinderella story that just keeps getting better and better, Costa Rica will now face Greece with a place in the quarterfinals at stake.
Loser: Cesare Prandelli, Who Didn’t Go for It
Cesare Prandelli made a calculated risk after 45 minutes against Uruguay.
Worried that Mario Balotelli would pick up a second yellow card, the Italy manager substituted his star striker in favour of Marco Parolo, who managed just a single shot in the second half.
Italy, and by extension Prandelli, simply didn’t show the necessary hunger on Tuesday, and as a result they’ll be booking an early flight home rather than a trip to Rio de Janeiro and the round of 16.
“I talked to the president of the federation and gave my resignation,” Prandelli revealed after the 1-0 loss, according to The Guardian. “The technical setup didn’t work, and I take all responsibility for that.”
Winner: James Rodriguez, Who Continues to Star in Brazil
Their spot in the round of 16 already confirmed, Colombia opted to start James Rodriguez on the bench against Japan on Tuesday, although the 22-year-old made some sort of contribution after coming on for the second half.
Ten minutes after the restart, Rodriguez unselfishly passed the ball to Jackson Martinez, who put Colombia back in front, and the two connected again in the 82nd minute.
But Rodriguez wasn’t done there.
To add an exclamation point to a sublime performance, the AS Monaco attacker scored with a late, left-footed shot to put the finishing touches on a 4-1 win in Cuiaba.
Loser: Carlos Vera, Whose Decision Put Ivory Coast out of the World Cup
Level at a goal apiece with Group C rivals Greece, it looked as though Ivory Coast were headed into the next round when the extra time was put up on the board.
Less than 60 seconds later, however, Greece had won a controversial penalty—referee Carlos Vera pointing to the spot after Georgios Samaras managed to trip himself inside the 18-yard box.
Samaras, himself, took the spot kick and made no mistake, finishing inside the right-hand corner.
The goal gave Greece a 2-1 win and put them through to the round of 16, where they’ll face Costa Rica.
Winner: Late Drama in Three of Tuesday’s Matches
Both groups that were settled on Tuesday came right down to the wire.
In Group C, Greece were awarded a late, controversial penalty that saw them through to the round of 16 at the expense of Ivory Coast.
In Group D, Uruguay scored late to see off 10-man Italy, who had come into the match needing only a draw to progress.
You really can’t ask for anything more than late drama in meaningful games on the international stage.
Loser: Luis Suarez, Who Was a Figure of Controversy Once Again
Ten-man Italy were still heading to the round of 16 when controversy struck their Group D match against Uruguay.
As Luis Suarez and Giorgio Chiellini duelled for an incoming ball, Suarez appeared to bite the Azzurri defender on the shoulder before crumpling to ground and checking his teeth.
Chiellini immediately displayed his wound to the referee, who did not show a card on the play.
Two minutes later Diego Godin scored what proved to be the goal that sent Uruguay into the next round and Italy crashing out of the tournament.
“These situations happen on the field,” Suarez told Uruguayan television after the match, as per the Mirror. “I had contact with his shoulder; nothing more.”
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