ITALY 0 – 1 URUGUAY
This game was largely overshadowed by the fact that Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez had controversially bitten a player, again… ALLEGEDLY.
The Liverpool superstar who scored 31 league goals for his club even after serving a ban was seen leaning in closely towards Chiellini’s shoulder and head, making it look like he had either headbutted or bitten the Italian.
In Suarez’s defense, it actually could have been a case of “BANGING HIS TEETH” on the Italian player as he could not control his head moving towards the Italians players body as they both challenged for a ball… whether you believe that or not is up to you, but it’s entirely possible that Suarez did not intentionally bite the player, rather just clashing with him and not being a “dirty” player, simply being unlucky enough to get branded as such despite his potential innocence.
If Suarez is to receive a ban for a “bite”, then FIFA will now make the decisions on the necessary appropriate terms and length of the ban. I simply want the Liverpool fans to be understanding and supportive of a player who has had enough drama and controversy in his career already.
The media were never kind to him, hounding him until he no longer wanted to play for Liverpool… there was a point where he almost left England due to the press who would never leave him alone. We cannot let this get out of hand to the point where the player is unhappy once again. I wish to see Luis Suarez being happy and doing what he does best, scoring over 30 goals a season for his club (Liverpool). Nothing else matters.
Italy were not without controversially “dirty” players either.
Marchisio was given a straight red for a high, studs up challenge on Egidio Arevalo as the game went on and on without a goal scored by either side for over 80 minutes.
Edinson Cavani wanted a penalty after 50 minutes, having gone down after the hard tackle of Andrea Barzagli, but the referee dismissed his claim.
KEY PLAYERS: Mario Balotelli was on the receiving end of some strong challenges from the Uruguayans and picked up a booking that would have ruled him out of the second round had the Italians progressed from their group.
It would be Godin of Uruguay who would get the only goal of the game to secure victory and a place in the last 16 for his country who will most likely need Luis Suarez to get further and possibly into the Quarter Finals.
[written by] Stuart Drewery.
I’m an Englishman (born and raised in Liverpool in the 80s). My whole family including my parents and grandparents were Liverpool fans so I was born into being a red. I’ve seen Liverpool win the league (about 25 years ago) and I’ve been 100% loyal and committed while supporting the Reds through all the good times AND the bad times since the 80s.
I’m a die hard Liverpool fan (only supported ONE club in my whole life, Liverpool) and one of the most dedicated fans you’ll ever meet.