World Cup 2014: Italy v Uruguay

ITA 0 – 1 URU: Not one for the purists of the game at the Estádio das Dunas in Natal tonight as a battling Uruguay came out hungry (see later) to overturn an Italian side who were shellshocked by defeat to Costa Rica in their last game. In a tense, spiteful game with very limited opportunities on goal there was much to admire particularly with Uruguay’s back four who defended stoutly throughout. Suarez and Lodeiro forced Buffon into a smart double save midway through the first half as Uruguay stepped up the pace. Cristian Rodríguez scuffed a shot wide and missed Uruguay’s best chance to go ahead. The game changed on a poor piece of refereeing after Claudio Marchisio was sent off for a late challenge. It was a yellow card at best and lacked any kind of purposeful intent. The game swung in Uruguay’s favour and they put further pressure on the ten men of Italy. Moments later, however, a horrible incident full of vicious intent involving Luis Suarez, who can be seen clearly biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini, went unpunished. Suarez was banned for ten games by the English FA for a similar incident last season and surely the axe has to swing more heavily down upon him now. I think a year ban from world football without pay would be the absolute minimum to teach him any kind of lesson whatsoever. Disgusting. Now back to the football…Diego Godin has had a sensational season for Atletico Madrid and his header won them La Liga this season. He was also on the end of a Gastón Ramírez corner here nine minutes from time to give Uruguay the goal that sends them through to the knockout stages. There was a slice of luck about it after the ball appeared to bundle in off his shoulder but Uruguay won’t care. After being humbled by Costa Rica in their opening game the South Americans will be ecstatic to have qualified from the group. Italy fail to get past the group stages for the second successive World Cup and will point to injustice as a valid excuse. However the Italians failed to reach the heights of their performance against England in their first game and don’t really deserve anything more than they have. Nobody will be remembering this game for its quality only its controversy, and that is not what the World Cup is about.

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