Uruguay Qualify for World Cup Second Round: Daily

Uruguay beat Italy 1-0 in Natal to qualify for last sixteen of FIFA World Cup.

By Robbie Blakeley, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Uruguay beat Italy 1-0 this afternoon at the Arena das Dunas to make it into the last sixteen of the FIFA World Cup. Diego Godín headed the game’s only goal nine minutes from time to send the Italians out at the group stage for the second consecutive tournament.

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Uruguay beat Italy and are through to the knock-out stages of the World Cup, image recreation.

With so much at stake the game was low on technical quality but high on passion. With a superior goal difference, a draw would have sufficed for the Italians whereas Uruguay needed to take all three points.

Almost 40,000 were packed inside the stadium with the majority seemingly supporting Uruguay. The stands were packed with the famous sky blue shirts of the two-time world champions.

Italy failed to get a stranglehold on the midfield, with playmaker Andrea Pirlo marked closely throughout. Having announced his reitrement from international football, the Juventus star has now made his final appearance at a World Cup tournament.

To make things worse for Italy striker Mario Balotelli had a dreadful first half. Coach Cesare Prandelli took him off at the interval to try to put some bite into his offensive sector, knowing a goal in the second half would mean Uruguay needed to score twice to progress.

Uruguay started the game slowly but gradually found their rhythm. Edinson Cavani played wide on the left, leaving Luís Suarez as the only attacking option down the middle for the South Americans. He found the going tough against a rugged Italian back three of Chiellini, Barzagli and Bonucci. When Suarez found himself with a sight of goal, he was thwarted by en excellent stop from veteran Gianluigi Buffon.

The Uruguayans in the crowd, sensing a goal, made more noise. Perhaps feeling the pressure, Italian midfielder Marchisio made a dangerous lunge at Arévalo Rios and was sent off. The initiative was now firmly with Uruguay. Buffon was a one man wall keeping Italy’s World Cup hopes alive, but finally the wall cracked. On 81 minutes, Godín rose highest at a corner and managed to deflect the ball off his shoulder into the back of the net.

Italy pushed men forward in the dying stages but there was no way through. Uruguay’s hopes of a second world title on Brazilian soil are still burning brightly.

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One Response to "Uruguay Qualify for World Cup Second Round: Daily"

  1. noinjustice  June 26, 2014 at 4:34 PM

    Suarez will be out of playing football for 4 months: wuaaoo! What a punishment! The man is not yet 100% fit so he will rest and he will be in full form again to ready to bite again when the occasion raises. In the meantime his team has gone unfairly forward.

    If Fifa were honest, they should have banned THE REFEREE because his way of directing the game was utterly dishonest:

    1) He gave, deservedly, the yellow card to Balotelli BUT when this player was unfairly tackled and injured so that, a little later, he had to leave the pitch, the Uraguayan player was not given any yellow card nor he was apprehended by the referee. In fact Balotelli was badly tackled even before this incident but the referee allowed the game to continue.

    2) Marchisio was given the red card while in possession of the ball and trying to keep it while an Uraguayan player was trying to impede him to go forward. Marchisio’s tackle against the player was an ordinary one: one can see this type of tackle in any game and no one gets the red card for it.

    3) Suarez bite: this was bad enough, the guy has some kind of psychological problems and he has to sort them out or he should not be allowed to play again.
    HOWEVER, THE WORSE THING WAS THAT THE REFEREE DID NOTWANT TO LISTEN TO CHIELLINI WHO RAN TOWARDS HIM SAYING “MIRA” WHILE AN URAGUAYAN PLAYER WAS TRYING TO COVER THE INJURY. SUAREZ NOT ONLY INJURED CHIELLINI BUT HE PRETENDED HE WAS ATTACKED: THIS IS SIMULATION, THIS IS APPAULING DISHONESTY AND IT WAS IGNORED BY THE REFEREE WHO ORDERED TO CONTINUE THE GAME WHILE CHIELLINI AND OTHER ITALIAN PLAYERS WERE OBVIOUSLY VERY UPSET BECAUSE THEIR LEGITIMATE COMPLAINT WAS, YET AGAIN, IGNORED.

    FIFA CAN’T IGNORE THAT SUAREZ AND THE REFEREE BEHAVIOUR CONDITIONED THE GAME AND THE SUBSEQUENT PLAYING OF THE ITALIAN TEAM.

    Can you imagine if this referee had behaved like that against teams such as the USA, BRASIL, ENGLAND, GERMANY OR FRANCE? Can you imagine him being not justly punished? I can’t. Fifa would have probably annulled the result. This man should be banned for ever from refereeing. By whom has he being paid to facilitate, in fact, to make Uraguay to win? Can Fifa investigate this matter? Would Platini have accepted such a treatment to the French team???

    Fifa has two weights and two measures: Italy has been unjustly penalised but is not the first time, unfortunately. This is shameful for football, the players and for Fifa who has not got the intelligence the courage and the integrity to punish and banish this type of blatant wrong behaviour by a referee. Clean your act once and for all. The whole football charade as it is STINKS!!! Uraguayan should understand that Suarez and the referee are dishonouring their national team and football.

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