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Jun 24, 2014

Godin header sends Uruguay through amid Suarez storm

NATAL Brazil (Reuters) – Defender Diego Godin scored a dramatic winner nine minutes from time to give Uruguay a 1-0 victory over Italy on Tuesday which sent the South Americans through to the last 16 and the four-times champions home.

Italy played the last half hour with 10 men after Claudio Marchisio was harshly sent off and their sense of grievance will only be exacerbated by an apparent bite on Giorgio Chiellini by Uruguay striker Luis Suarez shortly before Godin’s goal.

Jun 24, 2014

Suarez could face ban after bite claim

NATAL Brazil (Reuters) – Uruguay striker Luis Suarez was at the center of another biting storm on Tuesday after appearing to sink his teeth into the shoulder of Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini during the teams’ decisive World Cup Group D game.

Suarez and Chiellini clashed in the Italian penalty area 10 minutes from the end of the match and the furious Italian pulled open his shirt to show the mark to the referee. Reuters photographs show what appeared to be bite marks on his shoulder.

Jun 24, 2014

Soccer-Suarez could face ban after bite claim

NATAL, Brazil, June 24 (Reuters) – Uruguay striker Luis Suarez was at the centre of another biting storm on Tuesday after appearing to sink his teeth into the shoulder of Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini during the teams’ decisive World Cup Group D game.

Suarez and Chiellini clashed in the Italian penalty area 10 minutes from the end of the match and the furious Italian pulled open his shirt to show the mark to the referee. Reuters photographs show what appeared to be bite marks on his shoulder.

Jun 24, 2014

Godin header sends Uruguay through and Italy out

NATAL Brasil (Reuters) – 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 on Tuesday 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.

Jun 23, 2014

Positives for winless Australia as Asian Cup beckons

By Nick Mulvenney

(Reuters) – Played three, lost three and bottom of Group B is not a World Cup record any country would be proud of but when you are coming from the dark place Australia were in eight months ago, success is a relative term.

The 3-0 defeat by Spain on Monday which ensured that 2014 would be the worst of their four World Cup campaigns was the most disappointing performance of their three in Brazil.

Jun 23, 2014

Suarez says knee ‘perfect’, ready for Italy showdown

NATAL Brazil (Reuters) – Uruguay striker Luis Suarez pushed his body to the very limits in last Thursday’s match against England but said his knee was in “perfect condition” ahead of the must-win World Cup clash against Italy.

In a dazzling display of marksmanship, Suarez scored both goals in the 2-0 defeat of England having missed Uruguay’s opening defeat to Costa Rica because of the knee surgery he underwent just before the tournament.

Jun 23, 2014

Quality saves Portugal after U.S. ride fitness factor

By Nick Mulvenney

(Reuters) – With one moment of genuine class at the very death, Portugal snatched victory from the grasp of the United States and kept their World Cup hopes alive on Sunday.

If football was divided between “triers” and “flyers” then Juergen Klinsmann’s uber-fit side would be an embodiment of the former, while World Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo could be considered the archetype of the latter.

Jun 22, 2014

Italy look to shackle Suarez in Uruguay showdown

NATAL Brazil (Reuters) – Italy must find a way to shut down Uruguay striker Luis Suarez when the teams clash at the Dunas arena on Tuesday in a World Cup showdown which will decide who goes through to the last 16.

Uruguay, semi-finalists four years ago, will arrive in Natal on an almighty high after Suarez’s double strike beat England and eased the pain of their opening 3-1 loss to Costa Rica – a match their totemic striker missed as he recovered his fitness.

Jun 22, 2014

Chameleon Azzurri are clutch match specialists: Buffon

NATAL Brazil (Reuters) – Italy are “must-win” game specialists and have a Chameleon-like versatility that will get them the result they need in this week’s World Cup showdown with Uruguay, captain Gianluigi Buffon said on Sunday.

The 36-year-old goalkeeper, playing in his fifth World Cup, said Italy’s experience in playing clutch matches would hold them in good stead in the Group D decider at the Dunas arena on Tuesday.

Jun 22, 2014

Soccer-Chameleon Azzurri are clutch match specialists – Buffon

NATAL, Brazil, June 22 (Reuters) – Italy are “must-win” game specialists and have a Chameleon-like versatility that will get them the result they need in this week’s World Cup showdown with Uruguay, captain Gianluigi Buffon said on Sunday.

The 36-year-old goalkeeper, playing in his fifth World Cup, said Italy’s experience in playing clutch matches would hold them in good stead in the Group D decider at the Dunas arena on Tuesday.

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