FIFA World Cup: Uruguay send Italy packing as Luis Suarez `bites` again
Zee Media Bureau/Chaitan Papnai
New Delhi: In the most crucial match of the day, Uruguay beat four-time champions Italy 1-0 to seal a place in the last 16 on Tuesday.
Uruguay skipper Diego Godin scored the only goal of the match in the 81st minute of the game through a header to throw Cesare Prandelli`s Italy out of the tournament.
Italy, who needed at least a draw to cross the Group stage, suffered a major blow when Claudio Marchisio was shown red card in the 59th minute for stamping down on Egidio Arevalo`s shin.
In a rough game, the star striker of Uruguay Luis Suarez once again hogged the limelight, though for a wrong reason, when Italy`s Giorgio Chiellini accused him of biting him on the shoulder. In fact, the defender pulled his shirt off to make the referee believe that he was Suarez`s latest bite-victim.
Italian skipper and goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon made some excellent saves throughout the match but eventually they didn`t prove enough to take his team to the next stage. And like the last World Cup edition in South Africa, Italy were ousted from the tournament in the Group stages.
Immediately after the match, Italian coach Cesare Prandelli resigned following the team`s elimination from the FIFA World Cup. He stated: "It`s my responsibility and my fault. When the game plan fails the person responsible must go."
In the other matches of the day Colombia proved too good for Japan as they crushed the Asian team 4-1. Separately, with the help of a dramatic injury-time penalty, Greece managed to book a berth in the last 16 for the first time, as they beat Ivory Coast 2-1.
But England once again disappointed with their performance in the World Cup, as they drew with Costa Rica in a Group D clash to finish at the bottom of the table.