The 2014 World Cup had its busiest day on June 14. The marquee matchup of the day's quadruple header by far was England vs Italy, yet other nations got much of the World Cup buzz by the end of the night. Second half comebacks defined Day 3's biggest surprises, as the Ivory Coast and Costa Rica pulled off surprises while Columbia and Italy got their campaigns off on the right foot.
The schedule started with fourth ranked Columbia cruising over Greece by 3-0, starting with a Pablo Armero goal in the fifth minute. Afterwards, 2010 semifinalist Uruguay kicked off against Costa Rica, starting off well with a 1-0 lead. But in the blink of an eye, Uruguay's 2014 World Cup hopes all but collapsed, thanks to three second-half Costa Rican goals.
In a group where Uruguay has to face England and Italy later, it needed to take care of business against Costa Rica first. Instead, it faces a virtual do-or-die match against England next, with the English in the same boat as well. Italy put them there with a 2-1 victory, decided by a Mario Balotelli header in the 50'th minute.
Italy has the inside track to winning Group D now, which will get clearer if it beats Costa Rica in its next game. Meanwhile, Columbia was joined on top of Group C by the Ivory Coast in the day's last match, as it had its own second half rally to beat Japan by 2-1.
Second half surges have been a big part of the World Cup so far, after Brazil and the Netherlands pulled away to win late in their first matches. However, seeing such comebacks from Costa Rica and the Ivory Coast was more of a surprise. The Ivory Coast has never advanced to the second round before, while Costa Rica achieved its fourth win in Cup history -- making both nations the early Cinderellas of this tournament.
Will any more surprises or late rallies occur in the slightly less crowded Day 4 schedule on June 15? Fans will find out when Switzerland faces Ecuador, France takes on Honduras and Argentina begins against Bosnia-Herzegovina.