Four-time World Cup Champions Italy was eliminated from the 2014 World Cup in Brazil by Uruguay on Tuesday. Italy who was predicted to make it out of Group D, but, instead, the Italians will be going be going back to Europe with England.
As reported by ESPN Deportes, Uruguay defeated Italy with a lone goal made by Uruguayan defender Diego Godin. The goal came in the 81st minute on header from a corner kick.
The game was a hard fought battle for both teams. It eventually got dirty with a lot of flopping and hitting from both sides. Four yellow cards were distributed in the game, two for each team.
However, Italy was given a red card in the 59th minute when Italian forward Claudio Marchisio cleated a Uruguayan player Egidio Arevalo Rios on the shin near the knee. Italy was left with 10 men on the field and almost survived until Godin’s goal during the last ten minutes of regular time.
When the Azzurri was down by a man, Uruguay put pressure up front trying to take advantage of having an extra man. There was a play in the Italian box in which Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini and Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez had a complication.
It looked like Suarez tried to take a bite out of Chiellini’s shoulder while getting tangled up. However, in the replay, Suarez attempted to head butt Chiellini, as the Italian defender threw an elbow at Suarez.
There was a brief scuffle after their incident but nothing happened. The referees missed the commission and the game kept going. In reality, both players should have received a red card for their violent behavior.
Earlier in the game, Italian forward Mario Balotelli was up to his antics and caused him a yellow card as well. Italian coach Cesare Prandelli was forced to sub Balotelli during the break. This move took away some attacking ability from Italy.
The loss eliminated Italy from the World Cup by coming in third place of Group D. This is the second time in a row that Italy does not make it out of the group. For the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, Italy came in last place in their group.