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Group Match

Group D

Travel to Italy Italy vs Travel to Uruguay Uruguay in Natal.

Match Preview

In the final Group D matches, Italy take on Uruguay in Natal while Costa Rica play England in Belo Horizonte.

Italy and Uruguay have met twice before in the World Cup Finals. The group stage match at Mexico 1970 ended in a stalemate but Italy won in Rome (2:0) at Italy 1990.

The Match

Italy only need a draw to qualify while Uruguay need the full three points.

Either team could still top the group if they win and Costa Rica lose by a couple goals.

If Italy go through, Mario Balotelli will miss the game; after receiving his second yellow card of the tournament; high challenge is an understatement.

Half-time: Italy 0 - Uruguay 0

Red Card Mario Balotelli was withdrawn at half-time to prevent him from getting a second yellow card in the match; but then Claudio Marchisio was given a straight red, in the 58th minute, for a heavy challenge on Arevalo.

Luis Suarez semed to have bitten Giorgio Chiellini's shoulder then rolled around on the floor trying to claim he was elbowed in the teeth.

Goalscorers 0:1
Ten-man Italy couldn't hold out as Diego Godin, who maybe should have been sent off against England, enabled Uruguay to leap-frog Italy in the 81st minute.

Then drama as the Italian bench continued to protest furiously about the Suarez biting incident. One of the Italians sent to the stands.

Suarez wasted a chance to help Uruguay double their lead; by ignoring Edinson Cavani, free to his left.

Gianluigi Buffon came forward for the last free-kick but couldn't reach it.

Italy join England on the plane home and Suarez is once again the talking point, for all the wrong reasons.

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Final Score: Italy 0 - Uruguay 1
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Teams

Travel to Italy Italy:
1-Gianluigi Buffon; 3-Giorgio Chiellini, 19-Leonardo Bonucci, 15-Andrea Barzagli; 2-Mattia De Sciglio, 8-Claudio Marchisio, 21-Andrea Pirlo, 23-Marco Verratti, 4-Matteo Darmian; 17- Ciro Immobile, 9-Mario Balotelli.

Travel to Uruguay Uruguay:
1-Fernando Muslera; 22-Martin Caceres, 13-Jose Maria Gimenez, 3-Diego Godin, 6-Alvaro Pereira; 20-Alvaro Gonzalez, 17-Egidio Arevalo Rios, 7-Cristian Rodriguez, 14-Nicolas Lodeiro; 21-Edinson Cavani, 9-Luis Suarez.

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Red Card 1 red card:
58 mins - Claudio Marchisio (Italy)

Yellow Cards 4 yellow cards:
21 mins - Mario Balotelli (Italy)
45 mins - Egidio Arevalo Rios (Uruguay)
76 mins - Mattia De Sciglio (Italy)
90 mins - Fernando Muslera (Uruguay)

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