IT’S THE TURN of teams from Groups C and D to book their tickets to the knockout stages.
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Good afternoon, one and all. After yesterday saw Brazil, Mexico, the Netherlands and Chile assure themselves of at least one more game at these finals, four more nations will earn places in the second round today.
First up, Italy and Uruguay, both level on four points in Group D, battle it out in Natal while the already eliminated England face group leaders Costa Rica in Belo Horizonte. Both matches kicked off at 5pm and are currently 0-0.
At 9pm, it’s Greece v Ivory Coast and Japan v Colombia.
If Italy do make it to the last 16, they will be without their first choice striker Mario Balotelli, who has picked up a yellow card for this crazy challenge.
Why always him indeed…
If, like me, you’re watching Italy v Uruguay, I feel for you. Other than a whole lot of play-acting and a couple of attempted lobs on Gigi Buffon, there has been little to report as we come up to the half-time whistle.
Moments ago, Luis Suarez caught Andrea Pirlo late and took a trailing arm to the face in the process. As you would expect, he didn’t take to kindly to it.
They are also yet to break the deadlock in the England – Costa Rica game but here’s a piece of neat footwork from Costa Rica captain Bryan Ruiz.
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