Uruguay advance at Italy’s expense

June 24, 2014 at 7:57 pm
Posted under: 2014 FIFA World Cup, Italy, Italy News, News, Uruguay, Uruguay News
Italy faced Uruguay in what was effectively a knock-out match for the final qualifying spot in Group D, at the Estadio das Dunas in Natal.

Uruguayan fans kiss a doll with a Brazilian jersey prior to a Group D football match between Italy and Uruguay at the Dunas Arena in Natal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 24, 2014.   AFP PHOTO/ JAVIER SORIANO
Uruguayan fans kiss a doll with a Brazilian jersey prior to a Group D football match between Italy and Uruguay at the Dunas Arena in Natal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 24, 2014. AFP PHOTO/ JAVIER SORIANO

Uruguay won the game by a goal to nil to keep the World Cup hopes live, while Italy are out at the group stage for the second consecutive time.

With both teams tied on 3 points apiece – and with Costa Rica already assured the other qualifying spot in the group – it was a winner takes all affair in which the loser would be going home. And the high stakes of the game were evident in the play from both teams as neither was willing to give an inch in a very cagey and physical match.

The first half didn’t produce any goals or any clear cut chances for either team, as both teams sat back and defended deep looking not to concede. There were also a number of fouls and the referee was forced to go to his pocket on a few occasions as the game threatened to boil over.

It did in the the 60th minute when Claudio Marchisio earned a straight red for an over the top challenge on Egidio Arévalo, that reduced Italy to ten men.

The game started to open up a bit as Uruguay went in search of a winner and looked to make use of their one man advantage. They began to stretch the Italians and created a number of chances.

With ten minutes to go in the game, they took one of those chances as Diego Godin rose above everyone else to score a header from a corner kick and made it 1-0 to Uruguay.

Uruguay held onto their lead in spite of a late Italian onslaught to win the match and earn their place in the final 16 of the tournament.

They are likely to meet Columbia in the next round.

By Farren Collins


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