Group D Permutations:
CRC – Win group with win or draw.
ITA – Advance with win or draw.
URU – Advance with win.
ENG – Out.
With these permutations the game to watch was Italy vs Uruguay and it did not disappoint they don’t call this the group of death for nothing. It took Uruguay 81 minutes to get the ball into the back of the net with a goal from their captain Godin, this securing their place into the last 16 and kicking favourites Italy out of the tournament.
After the last game Suarez once again went from hero to zero, with a controversial bite on Italian player Chiellini. I don’t think being hungry for goals meant eating the players too.
The final score in this game was 1-0 to Uruguay
With Columbia already going through as group winners in Group C they will face Uruguay in the next round, luckily for Ivory Coast as we do not want a repeat of 2010 seeing that Suarez is back to his usual tricks.
In the other Group D game, with England already out they made 9 changes to their starting line up, just like Spain I think they are building for Euro 2016.
Costa Rica the surprise package of this group only needed a draw to go though to the next round and this is what they got. They finish the group as group winners.
England would be happy to get away with one point and Rooney scoring his first World Cup goal, they also have some talented youngsters to build around.
FINAL GROUP D STANDINGS:
CRC 7 pts (+3 GD)
URU 6 pts (0 GD)
ITA 3 pts (-1 GD)
ENG 1 pt (-2 GD)
A draw will be enough to ensure top spot for Colombia. Greece, Ivory Coast and Japan can all still qualify!
These are the permutations for Group C as a African obviously I’ll be supporting Ivory Coast and be hoping Drogba can get his goal to make him the first African player to score in 3 World Cup tournaments.
A win for Ivory Coast would be a great consolation for the Toure brothers in memory of their younger brother who past away in Manchester last week.
Both Greece and Ivory Coast looking for a win to see them move to the round of 16 for either of them.
Karagounis vs Drogba two veterans who would take thier team into the next round?
It was Greece who struck first in the 33rd minute with Toure’s corner cleared away, counter by the Greeks. Cholevas’ effort hits the post from range the Greek Gods looked to be favouring the Ivorians.
In the 42nd minute though the tables turned with a Samaris goal if the scoreline stayed 1-0 Greece would go through to the next round.
Second half saw Ivory Coast pile on the pressure will it be enough. This pressure was rewarded with a goal in the 74th minute by Bony.
With Japan out of the running to go through to the next round a draw would favour Ivory Coast but it was not be as a controversial penalty in the 93rd minute gave Greece the winner.
A sad day for Africa so close, can Ivory Coast become the first African team through to the next round? – This was the question at the start of the game answered with a no at the end of the game.
Final score 2-1 to Greece.
Columbia already through to the next round would be looking for a draw, but a penalty in the 17 minute gave them the lead with a beautiful straight strike from Cuadrado.
Japan got some good chances with former Man United player Shinji Kagawa and AC Milans new boy Honda coming close in the first half. They did get their equaliser though on the stroke of half time with a diving header from Shinji Okazaki’s making the half time score 1-1
Columbia decided to go for all 3 points after the break with Jackson Martinez putting Colombia back in the lead, firing into the lower corner in the 55th minute.
In the 82 minute Martinez got a second putting the game out of reach of the Japanese players.
With a clever chip of the ball pass Kawashima, James Rodriguez put his name in the scoresheet in the 90th minute to make the final score 4-1 and firmly put Columbia top of Group C
FINAL GROUP C STANDINGS:
COL 9 pts (+7 GD)
GRE 4 ps (-2 GD)
CIV 3 pts (-1 GD)
JPN 1 pt (-4 GD)