Uruguay beats Italy to advance with Costa Rica
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.