During the Uruguay vs. Italy match, it seemed everything was leveled out and that the game was going to end tied 0-0 with the Azzurri advancing to the next round, but not everything in soccer is written in stone and in the blink of an eye the opposing team can score.
While most of the attention should have been focused on the goal Diego Godin scored for Uruguay during the second half at the 81st minute which secured the pass for the charruas; Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez would once again make headlines, this time for what seemed yet another bite on the shoulder of the Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini at the 79th minute. For right now the incident is being investigated by FIFA.
Take a look at the video below and judge for yourself, did Suarez bite Chiellini or is the press trying to make Suarez look bad?
Luis Suarez is known to be a bit notorious given the fact that he has bitten two other players on two previous occasions. Just last season, 2012-13, Suarez was banned for 10 Premier League matches after biting another player, in that case it was Branislav Ivanovic; but before that Suarez had already been banned for biting a player when he played for Ajax. If after reviewing the incident FIFA declares that Suarez did indeed bite Chiellini this would mark the third biting incident. FIFA would be able to sanction and ban him up to two years!
Uruguay sealed a win against an Italian team that did not convince, it was not the team that beat England 2-1 in their opening match. Let’s also recall that Italy was one man down after Claudio Marchisio was suspended from the match in the 59th minute after a harsh foul on Uruguayan player Egidio Rios. Even though Uruguay acquired the win and the pass to the round of sixteen, they were not convincing, just like Italy, Uruguay also struggled a lot during most of the match.
Next up for both teams, Italy is eliminated as they fell to third place and were not able to tie the match which would have secured their pass to the round of sixteen. At the post-game press conference Italian coach Cesare Prandelli announced he resigned as head coach. This marks another unconvincing World Cup campaign for Italy. This World Cup might have also marked the end of an era for two well-known players, Andrea Pirlo and Gianluigi Buffon.
As for Uruguay, they must now face Colombia who has had a very convincing campaign so far. But the charruas have made it before, they have gotten close to the final stages of the World Cup and they know that they must go with everything against Colombia. As for now the case with Luis Suarez will remain a mystery, until FIFA announces its decision with regards to it. One thing is for sure, South American and CONCACAF teams slowly but surely are eliminating the Europeans.
Will the cup stay with a Latin American team? Or will a European team rise up to the challenge and take it to Europe?
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