Published On: Wed, Jun 25th, 2014

Glory for Godin: Suarez the Cannibal Part III

Football: Breaking Tackle, Pads On, Laces Out: World Cup

Uruguay 1-0 Italy

Match Report

By: Okari Stephen Wambunya


Italy began kick-off in Natal. It was a positive start by Uruguay, who desperately needed to win. Cavani was dropping deep in a withdrawn role and bringing his teammates into play. Soon after, Mario Balotelli was hobbling after colliding with two Uruguayan defenders. He was struggling, but was fit to continue.

Suarez was then rolling around, after a late challenge by Barzagli. There was a long, expectant ball up for Suarez, but he was jam-packed by Bonucci and Chiellini. The first yellow card of the game went to Balotelli. It was a high tackle on Pereira. That caution meant he’d miss the last-16 game should they qualify. Then, Barzagli’s shot was blocked and Balotelli blasted wide too. A clever flick from Pirlo set Marchisio loose, but he couldn’t make the most of it.

Immobile was in acres of space 12 yards out and the striker shot over the target. Suarez came into life on the edge of the box, played a one-two with Gonzalez, but Buffon was up to the task and swiftly parried the ball away. Lodeiro’s follow-up was comfortably saved by the veteran captain.

Balotelli was complaining and shrugging his shoulders after suffering a heavy challenge from Godin. Prandelli shouted at him to get on with it. Half-time was approaching. Caceres was way into his own half, looked ahead and saw nobody, so decided to lob Buffon from 70 yards. It went embarrassingly wide. Italy and Uruguay went into the break goalless. This score-line would favour Cesare Prandelli’s side; they only needed a point to progress.


After the interval Parolo came on for Italy, in place of Mario Balotelli. Meanwhile for Uruguay, Maxi Pereira was substituted on for Lodeiro. Rios was already in the book for a foul on Verratti. Chiellini advanced forward into midfield to free Parolo, whose attempt was blocked by Godin.

Uruguay drove into the box and an astonishing chip by Suarez, through to Rodriguez saw Buffon rushing out and preventing the danger, by clearing away.

On 60 minutes, Marchisio was sent off, after a dreadful challenge on Rios’ calf. Then a second change for Uruguay, Alvaro Pereira was off and Stuani was on in his place. Moments later Suarez was through on goal, but Buffon made a wonderful stop. One-on-one with the keeper, after Cavani’s reverse ball and the Liverpool striker’s outside boot strike was brilliantly saved.

Cassano entered the match, coming on for Immobile. Italy’s final change was Thiago Motta on for Verratti. A booking for De Sciglio followed, as Rodriguez made way for Gaston Ramirez.

Then there was the talking point of the match, with 15 minutes to go. Suarez and Chiellini were both down in the box. Suarez had appeared to have bitten Chiellini. He just could not help himself. Suarez was clutching his teeth in agony, as if Chiellini’s shoulder attacked him. That was irresponsible and shocking. Would this man ever learn? What a moment of appalling behaviour.

In the 81st minute, Godin got the breakthrough. The skipper was up for a corner and nodded home Ramirez’s delivery. 1-0. Just moments after Suarez had bitten a player, in yet another act of revolting cannibalism. Surely that was injustice for Italy. Full-time and Godin’s header was enough for Uruguay as they beat Italy and went through to the knockout stages.

Suarez again will be in the headlines, for the wrong reasons and he overshadowed Uruguay’s hard fought victory, for a moment of repulsive petulance. He now faces a lengthy ban – if FIFA make a decision to act upon the occurrence.


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