Just when the games were threatening to get a little boring…
The last game of the day provided enough excitement for an entire week of blogging. Former World Champions Italy sent home? Check. Red card given to one team and not another? Check. Booming headed goal by booming headed goal maestro, Diego Godín? Check.
Oh, and then Luís Suarez bit another player.
For the third time.
And then rolled around on the floor, with the audacity to hold his teeth, pretending to have been elbowed or something.
Either he bit him or, to be fair, he was shouldered violently in the teeth from a static position from underneath.
And then Uruguay won 1-0 and finished second in the group, and sent Italy home, and the Uruguayan manager Oscar Tabarez defended his wonderful but wayward striker by saying:
“Despite mistakes Suarez has made, he is the target of certain media, a certain press.”
So the media apparently reached down onto the pitch and forced Suarez to take a bite out of an opponent.
When will the media be stopped?!
More was to come, as Uruguayan captain Diego Lugano decided the sport wasn’t being disgraced enough by his team-mate and manger, and so announced:
“What did you see? You saw this, really? You need to show me because I didn’t see anything…Did you see it today or did you see what happened in other years? You couldn’t have seen it today because nothing happened.”
Except something did happen, and thanks to a little thing we have these days called TELEVISION, Diego, everyone in the world saw it.
But he wasn’t done yet. Lugano was disgusted by the bitee, Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini, complaining to the ref about the incident.
Because it’s OK to bite people, but not to complain about it afterwards when no action is taken against the biter.
The final word on the incident goes to the man himself:
“These are just things that happen out on the pitch. It was just the two of us inside the area and he bumped into me with his shoulder,” said Suarez after the match.
So there you go. Football disgraced, one of the best players in the world (hopefully) facing a lengthy ban, almost certainly out of the rest of this competition, (and probably the next few), and questions being asked about his position at Liverpool.
There were three other matches taking place around this tooth-based bombshell: firstly, England and Costa Rica played out a 0-0 bore draw, (which I was happy not to have to watch); Japan put up a spirited samurai performance but were eventually spanked by nine-point Colombia, adding to the growing list of South American sides through to the next round;
and Greece somehow squeezed into the Round of 16 with them, thanks to a last minute penalty which you know wasn’t a penalty when the BBC refers to it as “a controversial injury-time penalty”, rather than what it actually was, a sneaky Greek (Giorgios Samaris) kicking the ground and then falling over.
Video replay anyone? Anyone? Ten seconds to decide World Cup matches correctly? No? Anyone?!…
I hope you’re enjoying the games and commentary as much as I am, and stay tuned for tomorrow’s blog which will answer such questions as:
-Can Ecuador beat France to possibly join them in the next phase, or will Switzerland knock over Honduras like everyone else has and up Europe’s presence in this America-heavy competition?
-Will Messi celebrate yesterday’s 27th birthday, (27?!? ridiculous…), by helping Argentina finally move up a gear against Nigeria, the last Africans standing after Algeria?
-And, most excitingly, will we see as many goals as we have become accustomed to asI bring you a report from the game all the cool kids are talking about, Iran vs Bosnia-Hercegovina, here in Salvador!
Check back tomorrow for all the answers…