Yesterday was an interesting day at the World Cup. To begin we had the final games in Group D:
|Giorgio Cheillini shows his bite marks from Luis Suarez / Reuters|
Uruguay and Italy came into the day at three points a piece and Costa Rica with six. Italy has the superior goal differential so Uruguay had to win to advance. It was a defensive battle in the first two-thirds of the game, leaving fans craving for some more excitement. But in the 79th minute, it was the bite heard round the world. The notorious Uruguay striker Luis Suarez bit Italy defender Giorgio Cheillini in the shoulder. You could clearly see the bite mark!!! Even worse, he did it two times before, in a 2010 game with the Dutch side Ajax, and a 2013 game against Everton with Man U.In between those two, he was hurling racial epithets at an opposing player, also with Everton. Postgame interviews included Suarez saying "Those are just things that happen out on the pitch", and Cheillini said "Suarez gets away with whatever he wants because FIFA want the top players involved". I talk more about Suarez's punishment later. Uruguay won 1-0 on a 81' goal by Godin (http://es.pn/1iwcvjz).
(I didn't watch this game) England is not advancing past the group stage! I'm shocked, but not really. They have a history of underperforming expectations at the World Cup as of late. And it was a totally meaningless game against the surprising winners of the first two Costa Rica. It was a dull, scoreless draw. England misses several chances and heads home, and it's another sad day for football fans across the kingdom. Costa Rica advances.
Group C was had much more implications in play as 4 o'clock neared.
|Dra. Ana María Polo wonders what is wrong with Suarez.|
- US striker Jozy Altidore is out for Thursday's match against Germany due to the hamstring strain that occured against Ghana.
- Italy manager Cesare Prandelli has resigned after an early exit.
- Lightning struck Spain's plane on their return trip.
- Spanish broadcaster and creator of the Goooooooooooooollllllllllllllllll! call Andres Cantor and former US national team star Alexi Lalas star in two Volkswagen commercials that have been on heavy rotation during the World Cup.
- Wednesday's Games: 12p Group F: ARG-NIG, IRA-BH; 4p Group E: FRA-ECU, SUI-HON