Uruguay earned three points by stunning Italy today and knocking the 4-time champions out of the 2014 World Cup with a 1-0 victory over their Group D counterparts. The victory was tarnished by an 80th minute biting incident between Luis Suarez and Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini.
The game was a fairly ordinary one in the first half with very few chances on net that challenged either goal keeper. The most notable moment of the half, may have come as Italian forward Mario Balotelli received his second yellow card of the tournament, after a wild challenge for the ball which saw him nearly leap completely over the defender. The yellow card meant that Balotelli would be suspended for the round of 16 match if Italy were to advance. Balotelli was subbed out at half to keep Mario from being sent off and playing with only ten men. Claudio Marchisio of Italy received a straight red just 14-minutes later leaving the Italians with only ten men.
Italy held defensively for most of the second half until the 81st minute when Diego Gordin of Uruguay finally broke the deadlock. The goal by Gordin came one minute after Suarez bit Chiellini on the shoulder in what is likely to get the forward suspended for the rest of the tournament as ESPN World Cup commentator Ruud van Nistelrooy "it's impossible to see him back".
The win was the second for Uruguay in its three games in Group D as the side will now advance to the round of 16 after finishing second in the group behind Costa Rica. The victory may have been marred by the Suarez controversy as well as the referee's decision to give Italian veteran Marchisio, a straight red, in what was considered by the commentators as a questionable call.
The reactions have already begun to pour in over the incident and so far they are not favorable for Suarez. Giogio Chiellini has since responded to the Luis Suarez incident in a statement by saying "Suarez is a sneak and he gets away with it because FIFA want their stars to play in the World Cup" (Sky Sport Italia via ESPN live broadcast).
Suarez is rumored to be linked to a potential transfer to Spanish club giants Barcelona and Real Madrid; the 81st minute bite is likely to have an effect on both teams as they evaluate Suarez for a potential transfer.