Uruguay 1-0 Italy: Liverpool’s Suarez involved in controversy

Italy 0 - 1 Uruguay

  • 81" Diego Godín

Ref: Marco Rodríguez
Attendance: 39,706

Luis Suarez Uruguay

Diego Godin headed in the second-half goal that sent Uruguay through to the last 16 at the expense of Italy, in a controversial match in Natal.

Italy played Uruguay knowing a draw would ensure the Azzurri would qualify second in Group D, and the first half was one with very few chances for both teams.

The closest a team came to a goal before half time was from Liverpool’s Luis Suarez after 32 minutes. With the ball on the by-line, the striker tried to pull the ball back to Nicolas Lodeiro, but Gianluigi Buffon was quick to collect the ball.

Uruguay sensed they needed to push forward, as the second half wore on but they were helped on 59 minutes with a Claudio Marchisio red card. The midfielder was sent off for the challenge as his foot went over the ball and caught the shin of Arevalo Rios.

With Uruguay playing against ten men, the South Americans started to dominate the Italians and began to create chances. A Suarez shot from close range was saved brilliantly by Buffon.

However, Suarez then was involved in controversy, when replays showed he may have bitten Giorgio Chiellini on the shoulder, very reminiscent of his incident with Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic.

Just two minutes later, Uruguay’s goal arrived through a powerful Diego Godin header from a corner from Southampton’s Gaston Ramirez.

Italy struggled with ten man to find an equaliser, and lost 1-0 in what they will feel, controversial circumstances. Yet Uruguay won’t care, as they finish second in Group D and qualify for the last 16, at the expense of the Azzurri.

Statistics

Italy

Uruguay

Possession

56.6%
43.4%

Shots on target

Total shots

Team Lineups

Italy

  • Gianluigi Buffon
  • Leonardo Bonucci
  • Andrea Barzagli
  • Giorgio Chiellini
  • Mattia De Sciglio
  • Matteo Darmian
  • Marco Verratti
  • Claudio Marchisio
  • Andrea Pirlo
  • Ciro Immobile
  • Mario Balotelli

Substitutes

  • Ignazio Abate
  • Lorenzo Insigne
  • Thiago Motta
  • Antonio Cassano
  • Antonio Candreva
  • Alberto Aquilani
  • Mattia Perin
  • Daniele De Rossi
  • Marco Parolo
  • Salvatore Sirigu
  • Alessio Cerci
  • Gabriel Paletta

Uruguay

  • Fernando Muslera
  • Diego Godín
  • Álvaro González
  • Martín Cáceres
  • José María Giménez
  • Álvaro Pereira
  • Cristian Rodríguez
  • Egidio Arévalo Rios
  • Nicolás Lodeiro
  • Edinson Cavani
  • Luis Suárez

Substitutes

  • Walter Gargano
  • Sebastián Coates
  • Martín Silva
  • Abel Hernández
  • Diego Forlán
  • Christian Stuani
  • Maxi Pereira
  • Diego Pérez
  • Rodrigo Muñoz
  • Diego Lugano
  • Jorge Fucile
  • Gastón Ramírez

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