Luis Suarez was the man of the match against England, and starting him really worked in Uruguay’s favour. Colombia on the other hand, have almost clinched a spot in the next round having defeated Ivory Coast 2-1. And in the last match, Japan were held to a scoreless draw by Greece, despite playing with a man advantage for over half the match.
Both teams put on a good fight in the first half and went into half-time without a goal. Colombia got the first breakthrough with James Rodriguez converting a Juan Cuadrodo corner and heading the ball into the net.
They were up by a second goal minutes later when Juan Quintero collected the ball from Serey Die and scored on his counterattack.
73 minutes into the game saw one of the best solo goals scored in FIFA World Cup history. Gervinho collected the ball from the sidelines, darted into the center of the box, beat three men and the keeper and put the ball into the back of the Colombian goal.
However, try as they would, a second goal would not come and Colombia emerged victorious.
A brace by Luis Suarez on either side negated Wayne Rooney’s brilliant goal and left England on the brink of elimination from the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
England started off well and would have almost scored in the 10th minute, but for Rooney’s free kick that curled just wide.
39 minutes into the game, Edinson Cavani floated in a beautiful cross that was too high for Phil Jagielka to head out. Suarez took advantage of the situation and headed in a low shot past Joe Hart.
For the remaining first half, England failed to create any concrete chances. But the 75th minute saw Glen Johnson make an outstanding pass to Wayne Rooney who scored from close range.
But that was not the end of it. Suarez struck back with just five minutes of normal time remaining. A mix-up in the England camp saw the ball flick back off the head of Gerrard and into the no-man’s land behind the Three Lions’ defence. His Liverpool teammate picked up the ball with his feet and smashed it past Joe Hart to give his team the much deserved three points.
Uruguay have a tough task ahead of them as they face Italy in the final group game match next week. Three points there, and they’ll have their berth confirmed for the next round.
Kostas Katsouranis’ first-half dismissal was probably the tipping point for this fixture. Japan rarely made any efforts to go forward and attack while Greece relinquished most of its ambition on the counter with 10 men.
Kostas Mitroglou was the first to be taken off for Greece with an injury – some of you may remember that he plays for recently relegated Premier League club, Fulham.
Japan got close in the 19th minute when Yuya Osako’s measured steer was repelled by Greece goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis.
The most glaring miss of the match came when during the second half, Japan striker Yoshito Okubo somehow managed to lash wide from six yards after Shinji Okazaki had laid the ball delightfully into his path.
In order to qualify, Japan now needs to beat Colombia and Greece has to bid adieu to Ivory Coast. Both which seem highly unlikely.