Uruguay managed to seal a 1-0 win over Italy that sees them through to the knockout stages at the expense of the Azzuri, thanks to man of the moment Diego Godin.
It wasn't the main headline from an intriguing and decisive match however, as controversial antagonist Luis Suarez was embroiled in yet another 'biting debacle' in the late stages of the game.
The game tarnishes a very impressive result for La Celeste and retrospective action could now be taken out on Suarez which could significantly diminish their chances of progressing beyond the Last 16.
Match Ratings listed below:
Gianluigi Buffon: Not a game full of too many golden chances, but when Buffon was occupied he rose to every challenge to repel the opposition and confirm his status as one of the best keepers in World Football. A great double save following a quick exchange between Suarez and Lodeiro in the first half and a point-blank save from Suarez in the second half kept the Italians in the tie. Little he could do for Uruguay's winner. 8.
Matteo Darmian: The Palermo fullback impressed against England, but it was a much more subdued performance from the 24 year-old, who was unable to maraud forward with such regularity. Shaky start to the game and was unable to contain Rodriguez at times. Improved and finished solidly. 6.
Andrea Barzagli: Similar to Bonucci, club and international teammate Barzagli, repelled plenty danger coming into the box, but showed some discomfort when dealing with direct pace. Rodriguez demonstrated that threat and quick exchanges between Suarez and co, came predominantly down his left side. Assured an impressive nonetheless. 7.
Leonardo Bonucci: Largely dominant display by Bonucci who dealt with numerous high balls and crosses into the box, but often uncomfortable with the ball at his pace and awkward when dealing with pace and quick exchanges. Culpable for Godin's ball after the Uruguayan easily evaded him in the box and headed home. 6.
Giorgio Chiellini: Imperious performance from Italy's star defender who dominated aerially, was uncompromising in the challenge and remained assured in his positional play. His name will make the headlines for being the victim in another Suarez biting fiasco, but he performed admirably despite being in the losing side. 8.
Mattia De Sciglio: The promising fullback has earned plenty of praise at club level, while also being labelled the next Paulo Maldini. High praise indeed, but De Sciglio did demonstrate his maturity beyond his years with a very accomplished defensive performance, while supplying plenty of crosses. 7.
Marco Verrati: The diminutive Italians performance will demand plenty of questions for his absence from the Costa Rica game, as he was one of few positives in an disjointed and dour match. Showed great composure and showed for the ball in dangerous areas, while demonstrating excellent footwork and dribbling ability. 7.
Andrea Pirlo: Italy's key man has remarkably defied his age with his continuing supreme form, but it was a day to forget for the Juventus man, as he was unable to spring many attacks despite seeing plenty of the ball in the first half. Often ponderous and far too casual in his own half, Pirlo was unable to repel Uruguay pressure. 5.
Claudio Marchisio: Unable to have any influence in the final third and saw the game largely pass him by despite the possession and territorial dominance Italy maintained in the first half. Marchisio then picked up a red card during the second half for an ill-timed tackle on Arevalo. 3.
Ciro Immobile: With Balotelli dropping slightly deeper to link play, is was Immobile's job to stretch the Uruguayan back four, but despite Immobile's efforts, it was to no avail. On the occasions he did expose space down the flanks, he was thwarted by a Caceres or Gimenez challenge. Couldn't threaten the opposition. 5.
Mario Balotelli: The controversial Milan forward was often in the wars, with Uruguay and in particular Godin and Caceres looking to provoke a reaction from the often temperamental Italy man. Showed some sharp turns and good hold-up play play largely toiled up front. Received a yellow for a silly, high challenge on Pereira. Subbed at half-time. 4.
Marco Parolo: Unable to contribute after replacing Balotelli. Anonymous. 4.
Antonio Cassano: Showed some neat touches in Italy's approach play, but was often culpable of moves breaking down with his final ball lacking. 5.
Thiago Motta: Came on with 15 minutes remaining to turn the game in the Azzuri's favour and offered a platform for Italy to attack after they conceded. 5.
Fernando Muslera: With just one shot on target for the Azzuri, Muslera remained largely untested in a very dull affair. Almost caught out from a long-range Pirlo free-kick, but did his duties. 6.
Alvaro Gonzalez: Starting in an unfamiliar left wingback postion, Gonzalez struggled to contain De Sciglio's forward runs from deep and deny any crosses into the box. Following the introduction of Pereira, he moved to central midfield but was often wasteful. 5.
Jose Gimenez: The Atletico starlet enjoyed a mixed performance on his first start for Uruguay against England and it was a similar theme this evening. Often prone to a lack of concentration, but due to his excellent pace and acceleration, Gimenez was able to atone for those mistakes with a number of recovery challenges. 6.
Diego Godin: Playing at the heart of Uruguay's three man defence, Godin was able to defy the odds with yet another decisive goal in a high pressure game which saw Uruguay through to the knockout rounds. It isn't just his goalscoring prowess that continues to impress however, as the Uruguayan completely took Immobile out of the game and dominated from start to finish. 8.
Martin Caceres: Following successive games at left back and right back, the Juventus man completed the defensive set after being deployed as the right-sided defender in a three man defence. Caceres displayed his versatility and willingness to perform any role for the team, subsequently flourishing alongside Godin. The utility mans upper body strength remains an invaluable strength. 7.
Alvaro Pereira: The 28 year-old demonstrated his competitive nature to win many 50/50's and aerial duels and like Balotelli, was at the fore of many heated challenges. Subbed off for Stuani. 6.
Egidio Arevalo: Struggled to impose himself with his usual aggressive play in the early stages and was perhaps a bit overawed by the quality of opposition. Often bypassed in midfield and only really started to get himself in the game as the game progressed. Booked. 6.
Cristian Rodriguez: The Uruguayan winger made a blistering and vibrant start to the game and his ability to run with the ball was a main feature for the South Americans that Italy struggled to contain. Industrious performance, but could have scored. 7.
Nicolas Lodeiro: Combined to great effect to set Suarez free in the first half, but like against England, Lodeiro struggled to offer the link between the midfield and forwards Cavani and Suarez. Subbed at half-time. 4.
Luis Suarez: The controversial Liverpool man was embroiled in yet another biting fiasco that tarnishes any impact he made in open play. Expect to see retrospective action. 3.
Edinson Cavani: Worked tirelessly in supporting his team out defensively and it was yet another game to demonstrate the powerful forwards selflessness. Couldn't find himself with many chances on goal, but his endevour and approach play remains invaluable to Uruguay. 7.
Maxi Pereira: Introduced at half-time for Lodeiro, Pereira supply down the right was a significant upgrade on what Gonzalez was producing in the first half. 6.
Cristian Stuani: Sent plenty of crosses in, but it was largely his one source of threat. 5.
Gaston Ramirez: Little time. N/A.
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