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Colombia 2 (James Rodriguez
64, Juan Quintero 70) vs Ivory
Coast 1 (Yao Gervinho 73)
Japan 0 vs Greece 0
England 1 (Wayne Rooney 75)
vs Uruguay 2 (Luis Saurez 39,
Italy vs Costa Rica, Natal, noon
Costa Rica have scored in
each of their six World Cup
games against teams from the
Italy's pass completion of 93
per cent vs England is the
highest rate ever recorded in a
World Cup game (1966-2014).
Italy have scored in their last
15 World Cup games, a record
run for them and the best
current run of any side.
Italy have not won their
second game at a World Cup in
any of the last three editions.
Switzerland vs France,
Salvador 3 pm
France are unbeaten in their
last five games against
Switzerland (two wins, three
draws), who have yet to beat
them in a competitive match.
The last three games
between Switzerland and
France have all been drawn and
have only produced two goals.
France's Karim Benzema has
scored eight goals in his last
Eight of Switzerland's last 10
goals at the World Cup have
come in the second half.
Honduras vs Ecuador, Curitiba,
Ecuador forward Jaime Ayovi
has scored three goals in his
last two games against
Honduras have failed to score
in their last five World Cup
games and they are still waiting
for a win at the World Cup (D3
Ecuador have gone six
matches in all competitions
without keeping a clean sheet.
Enner Valencia has scored in
each of his last five
appearances for Ecuador
Argentina vs Iran, Belo
Nigeria vs Bosnia, Cuiaba, 6 pm
Germany vs Ghana, Fortaleza, 3
SAO PAULO---Luis Suarez scored
twice to give Uruguay a 2-1 victory
over England at the World Cup yes-
terday, making an instant impact
on his return from injury to revive
his team s Group D campaign.
The striker lashed in the winner
in the 85th minute, after seeing his
first-half opener cancelled out by
Wayne Rooney. The win gave
Uruguay s qualifying chances a major
lift and left England s hopes of
advancing to the round of 16 in real
Suarez, who hadn t played for
more than a month after undergoing
knee surgery, is the Uruguay player
who knows this England side best,
having played for Liverpool for more
than three years.
And by taking his World Cup tally
to five goals, Suarez ensured that
Rooney s first-ever goal on football s
biggest stage was in vain at his third
Rooney tapped the ball home from
close range in the 75th minute after
connecting with Glen Johnson s pass.
Having also lost against Italy, Eng-
land now faces the prospect of not
advancing from the group stage for
the first time since 1958.
Group D leader Italy and Costa
Rica, who both have three points,
meet for their second group game
today. Uruguay now has three points,
having lost its opener to the Costa
Ricans, while England is on zero
points after consecutive defeats fol-
lowing its losing start to Italy.
It is in England where Suarez has
stepped up a level and powered in
the goals that saw him voted the
Premier League s best player last
season. And despite lacking sharp-
ness at times, he still managed to
recapture the scoring form that
helped Liverpool finish second last
season with 31 goals.
Suarez was in the thick of the
action in the opening minutes against
an edgy England side. Goalkeeper
Joe Hart s first save came after
Suarez s cross-shot was deflected
off the head of Gary Cahill.
As England was struggling to con-
tain Uruguay, the first blow came
just before halftime when Diego
Godin picked up possession on the
halfway line and sprayed it to Edin-
son Cavani on the left. Suarez easily
evaded Phil Jagielka to head over
Hart, seizing on defensive lapses just
as Mario Balotelli did in Italy s win.
Sturridge had a chance to quickly
cancel out his Liverpool teammate s
goal but was denied at the far post.
Uruguay could have extended its
lead at the start of the second half,
with Suarez s corner appearing to
be curling into the net until Hart
batted the ball away, and Cavani
cutting in from the left but only slic-
ing the shot wide.
Although after several chances,
Rooney ended his World Cup hoodoo
it was rendered meaningless by
Suarez s devastating final touch.
Suarez s Liverpool teammate, Eng-
land captain Steven Gerrard, tried
to clear a long punt by Uruguay goal-
keeper Fernando Muslera, and the
ball glanced off the head of mid-
fielder and back toward his own goal.
Suarez ran onto it and beat Hart
with a right-footed shot from about
Now it is Uruguay back on track
going into its game against Italy on
Tuesday, when England faces a
must-win match against Costa Rica.
BRASILIA---Starved of the World
Cup action for 16 years, Colom-
bia---and its fanatical travelling sup-
porters---are certainly making the
most of being back on football s
Driven on by a partisan pro-
Colombian crowd that turned the
Estadio Nacional into a sea of yellow,
the South Americans scored through
James Rodriguez and substitute Juan
Quintero in a devastating six-minute
spell in the second half to beat Ivory
Coast 2-1 yesterday.
A second victory in Group C, fol-
lowing a 3-0 win over Greece, leaves
Colombia on the verge of qualifying
for a place in the last 16. Since 1998,
every team that has earned six points
in the group stage has advanced.
"We have had two wins with play-
ers who are playing their first World
Cup," Colombia coach Jose Pekerman
said. "We re happy to have defeated
such a good opponent. We have a
lot of young players, and this is going
to help them grow."
Known for his midfield artistry,
playmaker Rodriguez showed his
prowess in the air by getting clear
of Ivory Coast captain Didier Drogba
---again only used as a substitute---
at a corner to head in Colombia s
opener in the 64th minute, lighting
up a disappointing match.
The celebrations had hardly died
down among the vast hordes of
Colombia supporters by the time a
defensive mistake by Ivory Coast
midfielder Serey Die allowed Teofilo
Gutierrez to play in Quintero, and
the midfielder slotted home a low
finish. Ivory Coast replied with a
brilliant 73rd-minute solo goal by
Gervinho, his second of the World
Cup, but couldn t find a second
despite a strong finish. The Ivorians
remain on three points after their
2-1 opening win over Japan.
Instead of Radamel Falcao, the
country s star striker who was ruled
out through injury before the tour-
nament, the most important factor
in Colombia s march through the
group stage has arguably been its
With supporters wearing yellow
shirts dominating the stadium, it
was effectively an away game for
"It was extraordinary," Rodriguez
said, "it was very much in our favour
that Colombia could win."
The crowd roared with relief at
the final whistle, with Drogba s intro-
duction in the 60th minute helping
pep up Ivory Coast s attack that had
previously looked rudderless with
Wilfried Bony as the lone striker.
The Ivorians may still need to beat
Greece in their last group game to
reach the knockout stage for the first
time at a World Cup.
Drogba may now start that match
but Lamouchi will also be looking
for more from the squads top player,
Yaya Toure, who seems like a shadow
of the player who starred for Man-
chester City in the English Premier
League last season.
Uruguay's Martin Caceres races past England's Jordan Henderson to kick the ball at England's goal during the
group D World Cup soccer match between Uruguay and England at the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil,
yesterday. AP PHOTO
Colombia, support too tough for Ivory Coast
Suarez brace leaves
England on brink
WORLD CUP GLANCE
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