Three goals from Costa Rica saw them defeat Uruguay comfortably, while England failed to score an equaliser against Italy. Honda’s early goal for Japan did give them the lead, but could not help them win the match.
2014 FIFA World Cup round-up Day Three: Costa Rica stun Uruguay; Italy, Colombia and Côte d’Ivoire register winsJune 16, 2014 254 0 0
Colombia 3 Greece 0
An early goal by Pablo Armero gave Colombia an unexpected lead and sent the fans into an estatic frenzy.
Greece countered well and were able to create decent opportunities in the first half with Panagiotis Kone and Giorgos Samaras getting close to the Colombian goal, but were unable to find an equaliser.
Greece would have eventually found a goal, but the 58th minute saw Teófilo Gutiérrez’s corner kick double Colombia’s lead. James Rodríguez, who created much of his team’s offense, capped the win in stoppage time with a goal to go with his impressive assist, giving Colombia a 3-0 victory.
“You can’t make excuses when you lose, 3-0,” Greece Coach Fernando Santos said. “We had good spells of play, and all we can do now is look at the next matches.”
With Colombia’s star striker, Radamel Falcao out for the World Cup with a knee injury, the team does look poised to get far enough with the current squad.
Uruguay 1 Costa Rica 3
No-one, not even the fans expected Costa Rica to pull off what they did last night. Certainly not the Costa Rica coach Jorge Pinto who described himself as delighted at a result he suggested was even more surprising than the one in which Holland eviscerated Spain.
Uruguay had expected this game to turn out in their favour, quite easily. However, with Costa Rica continuously attacking with fever, Uruguay’s defence soon began falling apart.
The pace at which Costa Rica played was something Uruguay did not anticipate even in their dreams.
On the 54th minute mark, Gamboa passed a beautiful cross to Joel Campbell, who found himself unmarked at the back of the Uruguay defence. Campbell smashed his shot into the back of the net, giving the Costa Rica fans something to cheer about for the rest of their lives!
Liverpool’s Luis Suarez was left out of the Uruguay squad due to injury, and it goes without saying that his exclusion from the team cost them heavily.
Marcos Urena came on for Costa Rica and minutes later converted an impeccable cross from Campbell to score the third goal of the night.
This was Urena’s first World Cup goal in three years for his team.
What was the final nail in the coffin was Maxi Pereira being sent off for a silly foul on Campbell.
Costa Rica made probably the boldest statement ever. In a group that includes England and Italy, this South American team is definitely going to provide tough competition.
England 1 Italy 2
Goals from Claudio Marchisio and Mario Balotelli saw England lose their opening game to Italy 2-1.
35 minutes in and Marchisio converted a corner and drilled a low shot past Joe Hart.
England were quick to strike back with Daniel Sturridge putting one in the back of Italy’s net just two minutes later. The excitement of England equalising was too much to bear for the England physio Gary Lewin who suffered a dislocated shoulder while celebrating and had to be taken to the hospital.
Italy regained their lead on the 50-minute mark when former Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli struck a shot which went straight into the back of the Azzurri’s net. England’s defence was in shambles, with Leighton Baines being exposed too often.
Roy Hodgson’s side made several shots on goal, but failed to convert any of them. Italy’s stand-in goalkeeper, Salvatore Sirigu, who replaced the injured Gianluigi Buffon, had an excellent game, as Cesare Prandelli’s men held on to join Costa Rica on three points at the top of Group D.
Côte d'Ivoire 2 Japan 1
A first half goal by Keisuke Honda gave Japan a 1-0 lead which they managed to hang on to until the 62nd minute.
Former Chelsea stiker, Didier Drobga came off the bench, despite an injury, and probably it was his mere presence on the field which inspired Côte d’Ivoire to a win.
Wilfriend Bony and Gervinho scored headers two minutes apart, and both were assisted by defender, Serge Aurier.
Japan did look the stronger team, but they failed to find a second goal as Côte d’Ivoire hung on to their lead.
This group also includes Colombia and Greece. Colombia defeated Greece 3-0 earlier that night.