Day Three at the World Cup

Columbia-Greece 3-0 (FT) : The third day of Brazil 2014 starts off with Columbia vs Greece.  So far in the 59th minute, Columbia is ahead 2-0 after goals by Pablo Amero in the 5th minute and Teo Guitierrez in the 58th minute.   Guitierrez goal came on a corner kick after the ball was flicked on by Able Aguilar inside the box.  Javier Rodriguez finished off the scoring with a stoppage time goal.

Uruguay-Costa Rica 1-3 : Even without Suarez starting, Uruguay figured to be the favorite against the even smaller country of Costa Rica.  Not to be, as we will see.   Uruguay opend the scoring with an  Edinson Cavani PK after Diego Lugano was fouled in the penalty area in the 24th minute.  

England-Italy 1-2 : After a mechanical first half hour, seeing Italy control the flow with a patient, building attack featuring only a few chances, Italy open the scoring in the 34th minute with a score from outside by defender Marchisio after a corner-kick dummy by Pirlo for only his 4th all-time Italy goal.  England equalized less than three minutes later with a goal by Daniel Sturridge in the 37th minutes from a Wayne Rooney cross.  England controlled the start of the second half, bringing the game to the Italian half until Italy brought it back with a great Balotelli header in the 49th minute to take back the lead at 2-1.  England had a few chances in the last 30 minutes but had to settle with coming close.  Both Sturridge, Rooney, Barkley and Johnson had good chances down the stretch but shot just wide.  The last half hour was frankly fairly pedestrian, other than the Pirlo free kick that boinked off England''s cross-bar.

 

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Ivory Coast-Japan 2-1 : Japan looked to be in control of this game for the first hour, leading by a goal from Keisuke Honda in the 16th minute.  Japan held firm until the 64th minute, when a pair of driven headers within a span of 98 seconds put the IC Elephants on top for good. Both were served in by right-back Serge Aurier, then headed in at opposite posts, the first by Wilfried Bony and the second by Gervinho at the 66th minute.

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