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.