World Cup Brazil: Crazy 'Match of Shoulders' won by Uruguay; Italy out after 0-1
By Frans van Hees | www.AboutBrasil.com | Week 26, June 2014
Rio de Janeiro — This time not because of but despite
Uruguayhas reached the second round of
2014 World Cup soccer in Brazil. The star striker of Liverpool bit for the third time (!) in his soccer career an opponent. However, again Suarez was not sent off and saw his team win against Italy: 1-0.
The first half had few highlights. Mario Balotelli was only center of attention by his fouls and dives after each Uruguayan touch.
Suarez, big man against England (2-1), was harmless for the Italian defense. The other Uruguayans, who had to win to get through to the second round, also had trouble with the defensive play of the
Italian soccer team, who would go through with a draw.
After half-time, at first things did not change and this soccer match in Group D was not very exciting.
While his victim can't believe what just happened, Mr Vampire himself is checking if his fangs are alright
Coach Cesare Prandelli of Italy replaced Balotelli for midfielder Marco Parolo, while Uruguay kept looking for an opening.
After an hour of play, Claudio Marchisio helped Team Uruguay a lot. Right under the eye of referee Marco Rodríguez, the Juventus midfielder let himself go. Although the Mexican official is known as one of the world's most stringent refs, this time he was right for showing a red card: Italy with 10 men with half an hour to go.
Later, the irritation increased with Luis Suarez and when he was outdoed again by Giorgio Chiellini, he went berserk by biting in the Italian's shoulder. For the third time he eluded the arbitration, much to the dismay of the Italian team and the entire soccer world.
A few minutes after the insane
biting incident, Diego Godin, defender of Atletico Madrid, became the hero of Uruguay. It was really the Match of Shoulders in Natal, situated at the shoulder of Brazil: with his shoulder, Godin scored the 1-0 and thus granted Uruguay an entry in the second round.
The chances are small that Vampire Suarez will be present in Rio de Janeiro, where Uruguay will play in the famous Maracana Stadium against the winner of Group C.
Matches & Standings Group D - World Cup 2014