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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • Don Cuddy: Suarez steals World Cup spotlight with shameful act

  • Luis Suarez of Uruguay has become the biggest story of the World Cup. For shame. In what has been a glorious celebration of everything that we love about the game, Suarez made world headlines for seemingly biting an opponent; a shocking act but not an original one in his case.
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  • Uruguay 1, Italy 0
    Luis Suarez of Uruguay has become the biggest story of the World Cup. For shame. In what has been a glorious celebration of everything that we love about the game, Suarez made world headlines for seemingly biting an opponent; a shocking act but not an original one in his case.
    Suarez has been disciplined in both the English and Dutch professional leagues for doing the same thing. He was known as "The Cannibal" in the Netherlands. During the game he escaped sanction from match officials, who did not see the incident. But he must surely receive a lengthy ban from FIFA when they review the video evidence. Giorgio Chiellini, the Italian player involved, could scarcely believe it and pulled his shirt back off his shoulder to show the Mexican referee the bite marks.
    To heighten Italy’s sense of injustice, Uruguay scored from a corner kick just one minute later to send the Azzurri tumbling out of the tournament. It was an incredible climax to what had been a very chippy game for 80 minutes. Stifling heat and stifling Italian tactics combined to leave this game devoid of excitement and one continually interrupted by the referee’s whistle. Then the drama that has become the hallmark of Brazil 2014 erupted once again. Is there no end to the story lines at this tournament? Now Italy are out, under the cruelest of circumstances. Uruguay now play Colombia in the next round.
    Costa Rica 0, England 0
    Nobody could have foreseen it, yet Costa Rica finish up on top of this group and remain undefeated after a scoreless game against England yesterday. The Ticos play Greece next and now have so much belief they will not be intimidated by that. The Central Americans have been the surprise package of this World Cup and deserve all the praise they have received. England, on the other hand, go home to begin another inquest into why, with all of their big clubs and traditions, they cannot compete at the international level.
    Colombia 4, Japan 1
    Japan’s World Cup hopes were extinguished in Cuiaba last night by a very exciting Colombian side, but they can take some solace from their performance, a gutsy team effort capped by a wonderful headed goal from Shinji Okazaki. Few teams that would fare much better against the exciting Colombians who have a rising star in James, a wonderfully gifted young man.
    Greece 2, Ivory Coast 1
    This is simply astonishing. Greece making it into the Round of 16 and facing Costa Rica is further proof that this is the wildest World Cup of modern times. Greece had failed to score in their two previous games, have not played well and have no big names in their squad. But somehow they are still in Brazil while elite European teams like Italy and Spain have departed. They squeaked a win here thanks to a dramatic penalty kick awarded in the final minute. What a dagger blow for the Ivory Coast who only needed a tie and had fought back from a goal down to get it. Then it all went pear-shaped.
    Page 2 of 2 - Wednesday's action
    Argentina take on Nigeria in the pick of today’s four games. The South Americans have already qualified and have pretensions to win the whole thing. But they must improve on their performance from the last two games. They do have Lionel Messi, the little genius who has carried them this far almost single-handedly. Nigeria will top the group if they can win and thereby avoid France in the next round. Iran might have a say in how things finish if they can beat Bosnia-Herzegovina.
    In Group E, France play Ecuador and Switzerland face Honduras. Les Bleus have scored eight goals in two games and will be looking for more to win the group and avoid Argentina. Ecuador and Switzerland both have three points, so how they fare will determine which team advances.
    Most interesting man
    Leave aside Uruguay’s evil genius. Let’s acknowledge the dignified way in which Italian coach Cesare Prandelli conducted himself after the game. His assistant and one of his players had been ejected, his team were out of the World Cup and a player had suffered a bite wound. People were losing their heads, but the dapper Prandelli calmly walked toward match officials to shake their hands at the end. This was the mark of a real gentleman. Prandelli also announced his resignation after the match.
     
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