MATCH CENTRE

TUE 24 JUNE 2014, 18:00, ESTADIO DAS DUNAS

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Uruguay Bite Back To Eliminate Italy

by Staff Reporter

Tue June 24, 19:52

A ten-man Italy side were left hard down by when they were eliminated from the World Cup after losing 1-0 to Uruguay in Natal despite Luis Suarez being in the face of controversy again.

Claudio Marchisio was sent off for a studs-up challenge, but the Uruguayan striker got away with murder after being caught on camera biting Giorgio Chiellini.

Cesare Prandelli made several changes in his team, moving to a 3-5-2 formation with Leonardo Bonucci coming in to make the three-man defence.

Daniele De Rossi had to miss out due to a calf injury, and there was a moment of nervousness when Mario Balotelli went down to the ground clutching his knee after just two minutes played.

As expected, the game got off under cagey circumstances and Luis Suarez on the receiving end of two meaty exchanges from Giorgio Chiellini and Andrea Barzagli.

The game was flowing from one end of the field to the other and Leonardo Bonucci did well to nod away Edinson Cavani’s free-header from just inside the box with 15 minutes on the clock.

Balotelli was then booked seven minutes later, ruling him out of the next match for Italy, before seeing Luis Suarez force Gianluigi Buffon to rush off his line and punch away his lingering free-kick.

Uruguay did well to beat away Barzagli’s low drive into the box, before Balotelli whipped a disappointing low drive from 20-yards well wide of the goal.

Buffon pulled off a great double save just after the half hour mark when he beat away Suarez’s ball, before following up on Nicolas Lodeiro’s effort.

Martin Caceres, who tried to catch Buffon off his line by striking the ball from near the half way line, concluded the half with an audacious effort but it was ridiculously wide.

Prandelli took off Balotelli at the restart in place of Marco Parolo, while Maxi Perriera was also introduced in place of Nicolas Lodiero.

Uruguay came close to scoring when Alvaro Gonzalez drilled his effort wide of the far post as they started to pick up the pace.

It went worse Italy as they were reduced to ten men just before the hour mark after Claudio Marchisio went in for studs up challenge on Egidio Arevalo.

Buffon was again at the disposal of Italy to keep them in the game, while Ciro Immobile’s effort was close down by Gimenez.

Suarez got away with murder again when he turned around bit Chiellini’s shoulder ten minutes from time and walked away without a booking.

And if things weren’t bad enough for Italy, they found themselves out a goal down when Diego Godin nodded in a corner kick to send Uruguay through to the knockout stages.

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
GROUP STAGE ESTADIO DAS DUNAS
ITALY GOALS URUGUAY GOALS
3. Diego Godin (82')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
1 1 2
ITALY STARTING LINEUP URUGUAY STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
1
Goalkeeper
1
Defender
15
Defender
82'
3
3
Defender
13
Defender
19
Defender
22
Defender
4
16
2
Midfielder
20
Midfielder
21
Midfielder
78'
7
Midfielder
59'
8
Midfielder
47'
17
Midfielder
75'
23
Midfielder
46'
14
Forward/Striker
71'
17
Forward/Striker
21
Forward/Striker
22'
46'
9
Forward/Striker
9
SUBSTITUTIONS
Marco Parolo
Midfielder
46'
18
Alvaro Pereira
Midfielder
46'
6
Antonio Cassano
Forward/Striker
71'
10
Christian Stuani
Forward/Striker
63'
11
Thiago Motta
Midfielder
75'
5
Gaston Ramirez
Midfielder
78'
18
CARDS
Mario Balotelli
Forward/Striker
22'
9
Egidio Arevalo
Midfielder
47'
17
Claudio Marchisio
Midfielder
59'
8
Gaston Ramirez
Midfielder
77'
18
KEY
Goal
Penalty Missed
Yellow Card
Substitute IN
Own Goal
Penalty Shootout Goal
Yellow / Red Card
Substitute OUT
Penalty
Penalty Shootout Miss
Red Card
Injury
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