Costa Rica-England 0-0 : Not much action in the first half, with almost no chances and only one shot on goal. Nothing to see here, move along. It didn't get that much better in the second half, but at least there were a few fouls to keep things interesting. Sad WC for England at least, with so much more expected of them.
Italy-Uruguay 0-1 : Unlike the England-Costa Rica game, at least these teams looked like they had something to play for. Like the other game, most of the action happened in the second half. Italy's Claudio Marchisio got his second yellow card and was sent off in the 59th minute to make things more interesting. At the 79th minute, Luis Suarez appeared to bite Italy's Georgio Chiellini, though Chiellini is known for embellishing anything close to a foul. Uruaguay's Deigo Godin scored a couple of minutes later in the 81st minute to send his team in to the round of 16.
Greece-Ivory Coast 2-1 : Greece makes it through to the Round of 16 with this win, thanks to a dive by Giorgio Samaras in stoppage time. Greece started the scoring, with goal against the run of play in the 42nd minute. Andreas Samaris scored with an assist from Samaras. Ivory Coast equalized in the 74th minute with a right-footed shot into the bottom left corner, assisted by Gervinho. IC then held off the Greeks until the end, when Samaras leaped into the air after stubbing his foot into the ground after very minimal contact from the IC defender. Ivory Coast would have gone through rather than Greece with a draw.
Japan-Colombia 4-1 : Surprisingly, Japan dominated possession in this game 56-44%, and they had more shots on goal (13-9.) Columbia's Juan Guillermo converted a 16 minute penalty for the first goal. Shinji Okazaki equalized for Japan at the end of the first half with an assist from Keisuke Honda. Colombia came up with all the scoring in the second half, starting with a goal from Jackson Martinez in the 55th minute, assisted by James Rodriguez, a second half sub who had a great game. Jackson Martinez scored again in the 82nd minute, this time assisted by James Rodriguez. Rodriguez finished the scoring himself in stoppage time for Colombia's fourth goal after a through ball from Adrian Ramos.