Uruguay beats Italy to ad­vance with Costa Rica

The Covington News - - THE WIRE -

High­light­ing a power shift away from Europe, Uruguay fought — and ap­par­ently even bit — its way to a 1-0 vic­tory over Italy Tues­day to move to the World Cup’s next round with Costa Rica, which sent Eng­land home with­out a sin­gle vic­tory af­ter a goal­less draw.

Uruguay was the much more ag­gres­sive team, as Italy could ad­vance with a draw and played de­fen­sively. Around 80 min­utes in, Luis Suarez and Ital­ian de­fender Gior­gio Chiellini crashed to­gether and both fell. Re­plays showed Suarez seem to bite Chiellini’s shoul­der.

The ref­eree didn’t see the bite and no foul was called. About a minute later, the de­ci­sive goal was scored on a pow­er­ful header from Diego Godin. Italy was down to 10 men since the 59th minute, when Clau­dio Marchi­sio re­ceived a red card for putting his boot into Egidio Arevalo’s knee.

It was the sec­ond straight time that Italy, a four-time cham­pion, went out in the first round.

“When you’re com­ing off two de­feats with­out even scor­ing a goal, we clearly also have to take our share of that blame,” said goal­keeper Gian­luigi Buf­fon, who played on his fifth World Cup squad.

Af­ter the game, Italy coach Ce­sare Pran­delli an­nounced his res­ig­na­tion. Also Tues­day, Safet Su­sic, who guided Bos­nia-Herze­gov­ina to its first World Cup, hinted he will re­sign as coach af­ter the squad’s group-stage exit.

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