Zee Media Bureau/Rajdeep Saha
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So before the World Cup people thought Italy and England to go through but the Group of Death proved otherwise and both bow out. England were held 0-0 by Costa RIca who topped the Group. Sad time for Italy.
A red card for Marchisio. Suarez seemed to had bitten Chiellini. But in the end the Godin header decides the game.
The 2006 champions are out. They repeat a similar exit like that of in the 2010 World Cup. So another big team goes out. Uruguay through. What a respite for the South American giants.
Full time Italy 0-1 Uruguay.
90+5'- Pirlo's quick free-kick is thwarted by Godin at the back.
90+4'- Pirlo gets a free kick. Last chance for Italy. Will they, won't they?
90+2'- The Italian fans look stunned. Their team is going out.
90+1'- Fernando Muslera (Uruguay) is shown the yellow card.
90'- Foul by Andrea Barzagli (Italy). Gastón Ramírez (Uruguay) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
89'- So looks like five minutes of added time. Italy need an answer to stay afloat.
88'- Cavani plays it forward to Suarez who is one on one in the Italian half but the Liverpool man gets selfish and fails to find a through pass or for that matter a pass. He doesn't get a man in the centre, much to the frustration of his strike partner.
87'- Cassano and Motta combine four quick passes to each other and almost find a way through the Uruguayan defence but the final pass is wayward. They need a goal!
84'- Six minutes left and Uruguay have handed Italy a shock. They need a response.
83'- The Juventus playmaker's low effort is deflected wide for a corner.
82'- Foul by Gastón Ramírez (Uruguay). Andrea Pirlo to take a free kick.
81'- Goal Italy 0-1 Uruguay. With just ten minutes to go, Godin leads his side after a header past Buffon and into the bottom corner. What a huge moment in this tie! The Azzurri are minutes away from elimination for the second time in a row in the first round.
80'- 10 minutes left. Who will get on top?
79'- Suarez biting again! Chiellini blocked the striker's run into the box as they awaited a cross and Suarez thrust his head towards the Italian's shoulder. Chiellini replied by flailing an elbow towards Suarez and then both went down, with Chilellini gesturing to his shoulder and trying to convince the ref that Suarez bit him! Both players are lucky to stay on the pitch.
78'- Substitution for Uruguay. Gastón Ramírez replaces Cristian Rodríguez. Meanwhile Yellow card for Mattia De Sciglio (Italy)
77'- Maxi Pereira has been a big threat since coming on at the break and he has sent a few dangerous crosses in from the right but the Italian defence are well positioned see off any threat..
75'- Verrati is unable to continue any further. Substitution for Italy. Thiago Motta replaces Verrati.
74'- Marco Verrati gets treatment as there is a delay in the match.
73'- Italy have built a wall around their box. Uruguay have yet show find the wit to pick a way through or over them but the pressure is growing. They need to find a way.
71'- Substitution for Italy. Antonio Cassano comes in for Immobile.
70'- 20 minutes left in the match. Looks like Italy may go through unless, Uruguay make them pay for the red card.
69'- Offside, Italy. Marco Verratti tries a through ball, but Ciro Immobile is caught offside.
68'- Corner for Italy. Pirlo, in plenty of room, slides a pass Immobile, who shapes to shoot from 12 yards. Gimenez does superbly to hurtle across and divert the shot.
67'- Cavani's shot is blocked but ends up at the feet of the on running Luis Suarez. He takes the shot on early with the outside of his boot and forces a high quality save from Buffon. The Juventus stopper is up to his task.
65'- Attempt blocked. Edinson Cavani (Uruguay) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Luis Suarez.
64'- Attempt missed. Andrea Pirlo (Italy) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. It goes somewhere in the crowd. Assisted by Ciro Immobile.
62'- Substitution for Uruguay. A Pereira off, Stuani on. Striker on for a defender. Uruguay are eager to turn their numerical advantage into an actual lead.
61'- Attempt missed! Edinson Cavani (Uruguay) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Martín Cáceres with a cross.
60'- An hour gone. Italy are playing with 10 men. Uruguay haven't been looking threatening either. But Italy need to defend now.
59'- Red Card Italy are down to 10 men. Claudio Marchisio has been sent off for the challenge on Giminez.
58'- Egidio Arévalo Rios (Uruguay) wins a free kick in the defensive half after a foul by Claudio Marchisio.
57'- Attempt missed. Cristian Rodríguez (Uruguay) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Luis Suarez with a through ball. Uruguay need to convert these chances.
55'- Diego Godín (Uruguay) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
54'- Italy's first attack of the half is seen off by Godin, who blocks Parolo's shot and then gets up to put the forward out of play.
53'- Cavani penalised for handball. The Italian defence look stern and better prepared. If it stays like this they go through.
52'- Suarez steps up to take a free-kick roughly 35 yards away from goal. His effort is high and goes flying above. It was from a foul by Mattia De Sciglio.
51'- Cavani throws himself to ground after it looks like Bonucci has a hold of him. But the referee looks away and it is goal kick. Earlier Cristian Rodríguez (Uruguay) won a free kick on the left wing after a foul by Marchisio.
50'- Five minutes into the second half. Still goalless here.
48'- Play stopped as Caceres is fouled by Marchisio who flies into the midfielder. He is waving the physio on but the Uruguayan should be okay to continue.
47'- Yellow Card - Egidio Arévalo (Uruguay) Arévalo is booked for a tackle on Verratti. Was it a yellow card offence?
46'- Substitution for Uruguay. Maxi Pereira replaces Nicolás Lodeiro.
46'- Substitution for Italy. Mario Balotelli makes way for Marco Parolo.
We are underway with the second half of the match. Prediction time guys. Send in your thoughts.
So will the pace improve after the half time? Will there be any penetration? Luis Suarez has been quiet so is Balotelli. Who will reign supreme here? Lets get back after the half time in search for these answers. Tune in with me.
45+2'- Half time Italy 0-0 Uruguay.
45+1'- Giorgio Chiellini (Italy) wins a free kick in the defensive half. Foul by Cavani.
45'- Two added minutes. Meanwhile Suarez takes the corner and Pirlo defends it out for another one.
44'- Suarez curls in the shot and the ball is headed out for a corner by the Italian defence.
43'- Free kick for Uruguay in the attacking half.
42'- Suarez tries to find Cavani from the centre of the pitch but his pass is intercepted by Italy.
41'- Godín finds himself as the last defender against Immobile, he steps straight up and dispossess the Italian before he can pick up any pace. A very important challenge.
40'- Italy enjoying more of the possession. But still unable to create anything. Matteo Darmian (Italy) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
38'- Caceres, on the halfway line, spots Buffon off his line and attempts to lob but it's no where near the target.
37'- Muslera boots a kick-out all the way down to Buffon. Are the goalies going to be the saviour of their teams today? Let's find out!
35'- Hand ball by Marco Verratti (Italy).
33'- A great one two between Suarez and Lodeiro means he can get a shot away that is well saved by Buffon. Lodeiro then follows up on the rebound but doesn't do any better. Uruguay getting into it quietly.
31'- Sloppy play by Barzagli at the back allows Suarez to pinch the ball and wriggle towards the box. But Candreva hurries back to help out and clear the danger. Brazagli has looked vulnerable, he will need to sort out himself.
30'- Half an hour into this match and it is still 0-0. Meanwhile Balotelli wins a free kick in the defensive half.
29'- Miss! Immobile smashes a deflected cross from the left high over the bar. The ball goes way high. Bad shot by the Italian.
27'- Balotelli needs to step here for his nation. He is their best bet.
25'- Immobile is frustrated after creating space for Balotelli, who guides his shot well wide when he should have put the Torino man through on goal.
23'- The crowd is setting to make their presence felt in the match. Good atmosphere but a goal from either side could get the crowd get going electrically.
22'- Balotelli gets the card for a high challenge on Pereira. He is set to miss Italy's next match if they do manage to qualify for the next round.
21'- Martín Cáceres (Uruguay) wins a free kick in the defensive half. Seconds later Mario Balotelli plays a foul and picks up a booking. Yellow card for the AC Milan striker.
20'- So 20 minutes into the game and it is still goalless. Meanwhile, Luis Suarez (Uruguay) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is blocked. Assisted by Nicolás Lodeiro.
19'- Uruguay win possession in the Italian half, they worked the ball rapidly into a crossing position. Pereira's delivery was met at the near post by Cavani but, surrounded by defenders, he couldn't flick the shot on target.
18'- De Sciglio runs behind the Uruguayan defence but can't quite reach an attempted pass from Pirlo - but the ball is still at the right end of the pitch, as far as Italy are concerned.
17'- Marchisio fails to get on the end of a long ball from Verratti. There have not been any clear chances so far.
16'- Marco Verratti (Italy) wins a free kick on the right wing. Seconds later there is a foul by Álvaro Pereira (Uruguay).
15'- Suarez's pace will be the key for Uruguay and his centering around Buffon will be interesting to see.
14'- Italy's move breaks down and Lodeiro campers forward in an effort to set up a counter-attack. But all his good intentions are undone when he rolls the ball out of play, misreading Suarez's run.
12'- Andrea Pirlo (Italy) takes a free kick and shoots it straight into Muslera who topples it over the bar.
11'- Mario Balotelli wins a free kick after some strong hold up play.
10'- 10 minutes into the match and no team have gained the strong hold on each other. Italy are trying to get hold of the possession early on. Teams look cautious not to concede.
9'- Chiellini is down momentarily after a clash with Gonzalez as both players attempted to head the ball in the Italian penalty area.
7'- Barzagli clatters into Suarez on the halfway line and gives away a free kick.
5'- It's been a nervy contest in the opening 5 minutes. Neither side has been able to hold possession for a sustained period.
2'- Italy need a draw and Uruguay need to win and well the match goes underway and it is a scrappy start. Both teams will try to get hold of the possession early on.
1'-Today's referee at Estadio das Dunas is Marco Rodríguez.
We are ready for kick-off.
The teams are out of the tunnel and the national anthems are being sung.
Italy: Buffon, De Sciglio, Chiellini, Darmian, Barzagli, Bonucci, Marchisio, Pirlo, Verratti, Immobile, Balotelli
Uruguay: Muslera, Godin, Pereira, Rodriguez, Gimenez, Lodeiro, Arevalo, Gonzalez, Cavani, Caceres, Suarez
Welcome to our live coverage of the World Cup Group D game between Uruguay and Italy at Arena Natal’s Arena das Dunas. The Group D match marks the clash between two teams who need a win to qualify for the second round. With Costa Rica already having secured qualification, only one team between these two heavyweights have a chance to seek further crack at Brazil.
Both teams know if Costa Ricans lose to England then the top spot could be at grabs via goal-difference. There is everything to play for. Italy under Cesare Prandelli started the campaign well before losing to Costa Rica. Star striker Mario Balotelli holds the key for the Italians. There is also the likes of Thiago Motta and Andrea Pirlo in midfield who need to dominate the centre of the park to not give Uruguay a chance to penetrate. A draw would be enough to send Italy through due to superior goal difference.
For Uruguay there is a sense of optimism with the arrival of Luis Suarez. The Liverpool striker helped them beat England and is their hottest property. With Suarez Uruguay look a different team altogether. What will matter is the link-up between Edinson Cavani and Suarez. Both were fantastic against the Three Lions. They also have skipper Edin Godin. Uruguay haven’t looked at their best and they will rely a lot on Suarez. A win is all they need but Italy holds the upper hand here.