Day Eight at the World Cup

Columbia-Ivory Coast 2-1 : Ivory Coast controlled much of the possession, but neither team could make much happen until well into the game.  Columbia finally broke through in the 64th minute with a goal from James Rodriguez, assisted by Juan Guillermo.  Columbia added to the lead in the 70th with a left-footed shot by Juan Quintero, assisted by a through ball from Teófilo Gutiérrez.  Ivory Coast got back in the game with a goal by Gervinho just three minutes later in the 73rd with a right footed shot from the middle of the box into the upper right.  Columbia held on for the win from there.

Uruguay-England 2-1 : England controlled much of the possession in the game but couldn''t score early.   Luis Suarez opened the scoring for Uruguay in the 39th minute with a header looped over Joe Hart''s head after a cross from Edinson Cavani.  Uruguay kept England quiet for another half hour before Wayne Rooney finally scored in the 75th minute to equalize.  Daniel Sturridge and Glen Johnson brought the ball up the right hand side, with Johnson working past the defense to slot in a ground hugger to a wide open Rooney who tapped it in to the left hand side of the goal.  Luis Suarez got his second goal in the 85th minute on a trough ball that left him ahead of the defenders for a one-on-one with Hart.  Suarez smashed it in from a tight angel on the right into the top of the net to finish England''s hopes for this World Cup.

Japan-Greece 0-0 :  The main highlight of the game was the sending off of Greece''s Konstantinos Katsouranis in the 38th minute.  Not a real bad foul, since he won the ball on the tackle, but it was enough for his second yellow card.  Contrast this to the earlier game where Uruaguay was let off on a very clear second yellow that would have left them with 10 men for most of the game, coming before any scoring.  Sometimes refs can be arbitrary.

 

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