Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Uruguay beat Italy by 1-0 in 2014 Fifa World Cup.

Diego Godin scored a late winner after ‘heading’ in a Gaston Ramirez corner kick. After a failed penalty claim, Uruguay won a corner kick conceded by Italy’s Sciglio. Ramirez sent the corner kick from the right side, and the Azzuri were in sixes and sevens as Godin rose and with his body half-turned, scored with his left shoulder, sending Italy to join Spain and England on that early flight home.

The match was littered with fouls, lacked flair and did not have true attacking football. There was a Marchisio red card in the second half when he went over the ball with studs showing and caught his opponent on the shin with a career ending action. Luis Suarez got his fangs to work on Chiellini moments before the corner kick that led to the solitary goal.

A characteristic Italia defensive display dominated the ugly match in which Cavani and Suarez were starved of the ball. Italy interrupted all the Uruguay build-ups contracting the pitch size by reducing all possible spaces and blocking pass paths.

Uruguay played with Suarez in a deeper position on the left as he sought refuge as the Italians barricaded the defending third by placing a blue wall at the edge of the penalty area. They could not break down that resolute Italian defence until that vital moment.

For the second time in a row, the three-time world champions were sent home packing early. As for Luis Suarez’s actions, he should be banned from the rest of the tournament and probably from the next Fifa World Cup qualifiers.