Suarez in biting storm as Uruguay dump Italy out

2014-06-24 20:41

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Defender Diego Godin scored a dramatic winner nine minutes from time to send Uruguay through to the World Cup last 16 with a 1-0 win over Italy which sent the four-times champions home.

The Italian players were still complaining to the referee after Uruguay striker Luis Suarez appeared to bite Giorgio Chiellini shortly before Godin rose to head in the winner.

"It was ridiculous not to send Suarez off," Chiellini told Rai TV.

"It is clear, clear-cut and then there was the obvious dive afterwards because he knew very well that he did something that he shouldn't have done."

The match sparked into life just before the hour mark when Italy's Claudio Marchisio was shown a straight red card for a foul on Egidio Arevalo Rios.

"It's ridiculous to be down to 10 men in a game like this," Italy coach Cesare Prandelli said in a television interview.

"There weren't any bad fouls or anything that merited a sending-off. You can't affect a game like that. The referee ruined the game."

Before the red card, it looked like Italy would succeed in suffocating Suarez and the Uruguayan attack and secure the point they needed to progress along with group winners Costa Rica.

After 81 minutes, though, Godin rose above a scrum of players in the Italy box to power the ball into the net off his head and shoulder and give the Uruguayans a lead they never relinquished.

Italy, who had sat back in numbers before Marchisio's dismissal, poured forward to try to rescue the situation but Andrea Pirlo's 85th-minute free kick was their best chance and Uruguay goalkeeper Fernando Muslera swept it around the post.

Meanwhile, Costa Rica marched into the second round of the World Cup proudly top of Group D after a 0-0 draw with already-eliminated England today.

The 'Ticos', assured of progress before kickoff, comfortably held their own against an England team showing nine changes from the team beaten by Uruguay in a game short on goalmouth action or any real tension.

Costa Rica will face the runners-up of Group C – likely to be one of Ivory Coast, Japan or Greece – in the last 16. Uruguay finished second on six points with Italy on three and England, in their worst World Cup showing since 1958, on one.

"We played a very sure, dynamic game," Costa Rica coach Jorge Luis Pinto, whose team beat former World Cup winners Uruguay and Italy in their other games, said. "I have enjoyed the three games. We're unbeaten, it's historic."

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