2014 World Cup: Uruguay, Costa Rica Advance to Round of 16

Belo Horizonte, Brazil, June 24 (QNA) – Uruguay and Costa Rica advanced to the knockout stages of the World Cup 2014, where Costa Rica ended their match against England 0-0 and while Uruguay defeat Italy 1-0 on Tuesday.

After ending their final and third match in group D, Costa Rica won an extra point and was leading the group with seven points, while Uruguay came in second with six points.

After today’s matches, England and Italy end their run for the cup.

On the other hand, at Estadio Das Dunas Uruguay was the much more aggressive team, as Italy could advance with a draw and played defensively.

Around 80 minutes in, Uruguay Luis Suarez and Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini crashed together and both fell. Replays showed Suarez seem to bite Chiellini’s shoulder.

The referee didn’t see the bite and no foul was called. About a minute later, the decisive goal was scored on a powerful header from Diego Godin.

The Atletico Madrid defender Godin rose highest from a corner with nine minutes remaining on the clock to complete a remarkable turnaround for his country.

Italy was down to 10 men since the 59th minute, when Claudio Marchisio received a red card for putting his boot into Egidio Arevalo’s knee.

It was the second straight time that Italy, a four-time champion, went out in the first round.

Meanwhile, Costa Rica has secured the top spot in the group after a goalless encounter with England in Belo Horizonte’s Estadio Mineirao.

England’s Coach Roy Hodgson created the better chances in this match, but they again failed to capitalize and head for home bottom of the section having failed to win any of their three matches. (QNA)

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