Uruguay gets past Italy despite Suarez Bite

Published Tuesday, June 24, 2014 1:55 PM by Jaime Nenclares

In this very exciting encounter between the European and South American heavyweights there could only be one winner. If Uruguay won then they went through, but a loss or tie meant glory for the Italians. In the 81st minute Uruguay gets a corner on Italy's left and Diego Godin continues to impress by heading home the winner.

Italy went out with three at the back with two wingbacks and with Balotelli and Ciro Immobile upfront, they both got subbed out later in the game.

This was definitely a game of two halves. The first half was almost as bad as watching a game between ten year-olds. Fouls all over the place. In the first 13 minutes there had already been a total of nine fouls. There was absolutely no tempo or rhythm to the game, a total of 19 fouls were committed by each team the whole game. Two yellows for each team and a red for Marchisio in the 60th minute shows just how undisciplined each side was. Not to mention Suarez' biting Chiellini in the 80th minute(more on that later). No team could establish an attack until the 33rd minute when Suarez and his compatriots build a dangerous attack with some quick passes back and forth until he is put through against Buffon, Buffon comes out and saves the Italians spectacularly. Not much more action happened throughout the rest of the half except a few attacks from Italy here and there; with Uruguay waiting to get the ball in order to counter.

At the break Mario Balotelli was substituted off; 'Balo' could simply just not concentrate at all and was replaced by the midfielder from Parma, Marco Parolo.

The first half was dull in comparison to the second half, by a lot. One minute into the second half and Arevalo from Uruguay gets shown a yellow card. Five minutes late Italy lose the ball and a quick counter by Uruguay puts Christian Rodriguez through on goal, only for Buffon to save again. One of three highlights of the match occurs in the 60th minute after Marchisio slams hard on a Uruguayan ankle in front of the Mexican Referee who sees it and send him off with a straight red, now with no Balotelli and a player down could Italy finish off the game with at least a tie?

The answer to that is no. Six minutes later Suarez has another shot at goal from about thirteen yards out and Buffon proves why he has been the Italian sides goaltender for the past five World Cups by denying the Liverpool striker. With twenty minutes left in the match Italy make their last two subs by taking Ciro Immobile and Verratti off and putting in Antonio Cassano and Thiago Motta respectively. The Uruguayans also make a change by putting the Southampton attacking midfielder in place of Christian Rodriguez.

Then only two minutes later Luis Suarez takes a bite out of Chiellini, but the referee is nowhere to be found and no red card comes out for Suarez. FIFA will surely have a close look at this one and Soccermogul expects Suarez will be done at this World Cup. A mere minute after the incident a corner kick is taken and Godin scores to put Uruguay through to the next round. For the rest of the game Italy push Uruguay as hard as they can but they cannot unlock their defense, not even the Master Andrea Pirlo can orchestrate an attack to tie the game. The match ends 1-0 in favor of the South American outfit and Italy will head home with only memories and bite marks from Suarez and Co.