Luis Suarez scored twice to hand Uruguay a 2-1 win over England which has all but sealed the Three Lions’ fate in Brazil.
Liverpool hitman Suarez got the South American’s off the mark on 39 minutes much to the delight of their fans inside the Arena Corinthians in Sao Paulo.
England battled back in the second half and on 75 minutes Wayne Rooney finally scored his first world cup goal to level matters.
However, all was undone again by the English Premier League’s top scorer Suarez who hammered home a cracker for the winner five minutes from time.
England’s hopes of reaching the last 16 now hang in the balance while Uruguay are one step closer to the next phase.
Columbia have qualified for the last 16 of the World Cup after beating the Cote d’Ivoire 2-1 in Brasilia and later in the day Japan drew with Greece.
Goals from James Rodriguez and substitute Juan Quintero handed the South Americans victory.
Gervinho pulled one back in the 73rd minute but the African’s failed to add to it as they suffered their first defeat of this edition.
Italy ready for Costa Rica test
Cesare Prandelli’s Italy are readying themselves for Costa Rica – a match that has top of Group D on offer for the winners. Similarly France and Switzerland square off in Salvador for top spot in Group E.
Italy boss Prandelli is likely to make three changes for this match.
Veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon is expected to return in place of Salvatore Sirigu, who deputised in Manaus.
According to reports Gabriel Paletta looks set to be dropped in favour of Ignazio Abate while after being deployed at left-back against England Giorgio Chiellini is expected to start in his favoured centre-back position.
Midfielder Marco Verratti will miss out after suffering from flu – Thiago Motta is set to deputise.
Everybody loves good neighbours
So it’s also a top of the table clash in Group E with Ottmar Hitzfeld’s Switzerland coming off the back of a hard fought 2-1 over Ecuador on Sunday.
Hitzfeld has a fully fit squad to choose from for the France tie as his side look to put their group stage exit from South Africa 2010 well and truly behind them and take a major step in reaching the last 16 for the first time since 2006.
If any team are eager to put South Africa behind them it’s France who had a disastrous campaign four years ago.
So far so good this time around following a 3-0 opening win against Honduras.
Didier Deschamps also has a full strength squad as Yohan Cabaye should feature at the Arena Fonte Nova despite missing a training session earlier in the week.
The European neighbours will battle it out in Salvador.
We might be wrong
So how are those games going to finish? Here are our predictions and remember that you can send us yours, on the social networks, using #TheCornerScores.
Although Costa Rica have proved they’re no push over in Brazil we feel Italy have what it takes to produce a 2-1 victory.
We predict 1998 World Champions France will down neighbours Switzerland 2-1 while it should be a tight affair between Honduras and Equador but we feel Equador will edge that one one nil.
Alligators and Sharks
Tired of eating Brazil’s traditional picanha cut of beef. Well in Cuiabà you can taste a rather unusual steak while in Recife you might want to keep your swimming adventures to the hotel pool.
Traditionally the locals of Cuiaba eat a lot of fish, typically the pintado, matrinchã and pacu.
But due to the City’s proximity to the Pantanal – one of the world’s largest tropical wetland areas – alligator is also on the menu and the service is snappy.
Alligator scampi, sausages and steak are all available.
One local guide said: “Yes they sell a lot. there are so many people looking for alligator meat these days but only authorized places are allowed to kill them and sell the meat.”
It’s quick to cook and according to locals has a texture between fish and chicken.
All you need is a traditional caipirinha to wash it down with.
There is something altogether different on the menu in Recife – football fans that are unaware they are swimming one of the most dangerous places in the world.
Officials in the Brazilian World Cup host city are increasing shark attack warnings for travelling fans.
One American tourist said: “I feel pretty safe. I mean if you swim past the reef wall maybe you should be a little worried but inside of the reef I think you should be fine.”
The local Boa Viagem beach has a high number of shark attacks and an above-average number of fatalities prompting authorities to step up their safety campaign to alert unsuspecting fans to the deadly dangers of the sea.
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