Another two groups have been finalised and there were some biting moments in fact. I’m sorry I just couldn’t resist. However, one thing is for sure – World Cup 2014 certainly isn’t boring and in fact it’s shaping up to be one of the best in recent memory. Goals, technology, controversy, it’s fair to say this World Cup has had the lot so far and last night didn’t disappoint either.
Greece somehow made it through after looking the least likely side to score after…well, Japan in the same group. You have to admire their sheer doggedness though to secure the result but as good as Greece were, Ivory Coast made it a possible achievement through poor defending and an unforgivable challenge in the last minute of the game to hand Greece the win and a place in the knockout stages of the World Cup.
Colombia ensured they headed into the knockout stages with a 100% record after comfortably dispatching Japan 4-1 in their final game with 2 goals from Jackson Martinez.
In Group D, there was a rather turgid affair as Costa Rica secured top spot with a 0-0 draw with England who bowed out of the competition without a single win and just 2 goals scored. However, Italy and Uruguay was anything but turgid. A sending off, a biting incident and a goal in the last 15 minutes ensured Uruguay went through over the Italians, but that’s just half of the story, the interesting part I’ll get to later on.
Not an easy award to decide but with Colombia all but through it had to go to whoever managed to secure 2nd place in Group C and that was Greece. It was a hard-fought win over the Ivory Coast and it came as late as it possibly could but the important thing is, it did come.
Georgios Samaras kept his cool and smashed the penalty to Barry’s left and then the celebrations started.
There was only ever going to be one winner for this award and that is the Uruguayan. There are some incidents and unforeseen circumstances in the world that you simply cannot explain at times – disappearing planes, UFO’s, why Luis Suarez bites people and expects to get away with it, that sort of thing.
Why do it? There is simply no advantage to be gained from it. Along with it being a despicable, cowardly and disgusting act it quite simply doesn’t make any sense. FIFA have to act now and surely ban Suarez not only for the rest of World Cup 2014 but extending into the next domestic season too thus putting paid to any chances or hopes that Uruguay had of winning the trophy.
James Rodriguez scored a sublime breakaway goal to end Japanese resistance and condemn the Japanese to a 3rd straight defeat. Racing away past one defender, he turned back onto his right before selling the defender another dummy, switching back onto his left and lifting a delightful finish over the Japanese goalkeeper. An excellent, composed finish that was worthy of winning nay game and proved that the Colombians have the confidence to go far in the competition.
Well it is a gripe that no more will we see the likes of Andrea Pirlo and Gianluigi Buffon in an Italian shirt. Pirlo especially will be a big loss to the Italians as his unbelievable ball skills and set-piece prowess have provided many memorable moments for Italians and the rest of the world too.
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