Greece v Ivory Coast - World Cup 2014 LIVE: Latest news on Day 13 including Japan v Colombia, reaction to Luis Suarez's alleged 'bite' and England's 0-0 draw with Costa Rica - Live coverage - The Independent

Greece v Ivory Coast - World Cup 2014 LIVE: Latest news on Day 13 including Japan v Colombia, reaction to Luis Suarez's alleged 'bite' and England's 0-0 draw with Costa Rica

Welcome to The Independent's live coverage of Day 13 of the World Cup with Marc Williams and Sam Stevens. In today's action we'll bring you reaction to England's 0-0 draw with Costa Rica and Luis Suarez's alleged bite in Italy's defeat against Uruguay. Then later, we will turn our attentions to Group C with Japan v Colombia and Greece v Ivory Coast

  • Welcome along to today's live coverage of the 2014 World Cup from Brazil. 

    Marc Williams here and I'll be taking you lucky lot through all the latest news and build-up to England's final game of the summer plus the other Group D game today, Italy v Uruguay. 

    England bow out of the World Cup today but you, of course, knew that. They play Costa Rica at 5pm, a bit of a dead-rubber with the South American team being already through but few over here in Blighty well be thinking of it as such. 

    Later, Group C finishes up with Japan and Colombia doing battle at the same time as Greece v Ivory Coast. 

    We'll have all the games live and all the build up and latest news around the tournament before then. 

    Who will be going through and who will be going home?

    Time will tell!!




    6/24/2014 10:08:30 AM
  • England team news: Roy Hodgson has kept true to his word and given a lot of his squad players the chance to show what they are made of in tonight's game. 

    England's starting XI to play Costa Rica: Ben Foster, Phil Jones, Gary Cahill, Chris Smalling, Luke Shaw, Frank Lampard (c), Jack Wilshere, James Milner, Ros Barkley, Adam Lallana, Daniel Sturridge


    6/24/2014 10:23:37 AM


  • Roy's boys

    Roy Hodgson has picked a youthful team to try and salvage some sort of positives from this World Cup for England tonight. 

    England play a Costa Rica side who are already through to the next round and Hodgson has given many of his squad players the chance to have a go. 

    Frank Lampard will offer the experience to a young starting line-up and will skipper the side. 

    Hodgson explained his choices in a press conference yesterday and our man Sam Wallace weighs up what this will mean for the Three Lions.

    “With Frank Lampard, he’s 36. We don’t know as yet what his next destination is. I would be more than happy if Frank remains available for selection because you never know when you need players. A quality player like him is always good to have available if needed. But I haven’t had that conversation with him as such. I’m pretty sure that, if we said to him, ‘Look the chances are you might not feature quite so much but please don’t retire, please be available’, I’m sure he’d say we could count on him. He loves playing for England.



    6/24/2014 10:34:52 AM


  • Gerrard to call time?

    Should Stevie G step down as captain? Should he retire altogether? Does he still have something to offer the side? Can England really do without him now?

    Many, many questions surround our captain and he has said he will decide his future after the World Cup is all done and dusted. 

    Tonight's game signals a new era for English football with many young guns being tested out.

    Kostas Lianos provides us with a preview for the game this evening.


    Rumours are pouring regarding Steven Gerrard’s international future as the Liverpool man is expected to sit on the bench and hand the armband to Chelsea legend Frank Lampard.
    Gerrard will make his final decision after the group stage.

    6/24/2014 10:42:31 AM


  • One victory, please!

    England have the chance to at least salvage some sort of pride from their summer's awful World Cup. 

    Tonight they meet Costa Rica, a team that no one fancied to do much in the 'group of death' but have been superb so far. 

    If England can get a victory tonight it will bring a smidgen of happiness to all the fans back home and Roy Hodgson certainly needs it to keep the lions from the door

    Let's get behind our boys for one last time this summer!


    6/24/2014 10:51:01 AM
  • Costa Rica's secret!

    The Independent's Ian Herbert went to see Costa Rica in training and saw the team play what the Brazilians call footvolley, a combination of football and volleyball.

    That's the secret! 

    England face them tonight but could come unstuck again against a side who has surprised everyone this summer. 



    6/24/2014 10:55:45 AM
  • Another video?

    Everyone likes watching a good old video and this time James Olley takes us through England's preparations for their final World Cup game. 

    England v Costa Rica kicks off at 5pm our time and is being played at the Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte. 

    The stadium holds just over 58,000 fans and has seen wins for Colombia and Argentina so far at the tournament. 


    6/24/2014 11:01:11 AM
  • Right, let's put a pin in all things England for a while, we'll come back to them later on. Plenty more going on around the World Cup as there always is! 
    6/24/2014 11:02:39 AM


  • Yesterday's Group A action!

    Group A finished with a bang last night, goals, goals, goals! 

    Neymar showed exactly what he is all about to make sure the hosts finished top of their group and set up a Round of 16 tie with Chile and that should be fun!

    The boy wonder got two and there were also goals for Fred and Fernandinho as Brazil swept Cameroon aside. Ewan Mackenna takes you through the action...

    Good enough for now, but probably not good enough for much longer. Brazil shacked up in their capital last night with a feeling that the brutal pressure and high pulse rate of the opening games might dissipate a little, even if top spot in the group was still on the line here.


    In the other Group A clash last night, Mexico faced up against Croatia in a winner takes all style game. 

    A victory for either side would have seen them go through and face the Netherlands in the next round and it was Mexico who took the honours. 

    Goals from Rafael Marquez, Andres Guardado and Javier Hernandez were enough to put down a spirited Croatian outfit. Mikey Stafford was our man in Recife.

    Mexico’s remarkable knack for escaping the group stage of the World Cup was continued in such style last night that it had Brazil looking nervously over their shoulder from the capital.



    6/24/2014 11:12:42 AM


  • Group B deciders!

    Group B didn't quite have quite the same excitement as the later games did yesterday but there were still two good wins and some good goals to boot. 

    The Dutch capped off a quite superb group stage for them by beating Chile, 2-0. Two substitutes came on to do the business for them with Leroy Fer and Memphis Depay giving them victory. 


    He has been harrumphing through press conferences for the past two weeks, complaining about the Dutch nation’s lack of belief in the football system he has attached to the country’s name. But there was a sweet sense of justification for Louis van Gaal last night as his team smothered Chile’s threat and defeated them in a classic manifestation of counter-attacking football. They did all they could have done to avoid Brazil in the second round.


    Elsewhere there was a bit of a dead rubber as Spain's woeful tournament came to an end against an already out Australia. 

    The reigning champs did bow out in style though with a comprehensive win after goals from David Villa, Fernando Torres and Juan Mata were more than enough. 




    6/24/2014 11:24:44 AM
  • That was the action, how about some reaction?
    6/24/2014 11:29:50 AM


  • David Villa's tears

    Spain's David Villa will go down as one of their greatest ever strikers. 

    After the game yesterday, the 32-year-old called time on his international career and after he was substituted, Villa just couldn't hold back the waterworks

    He opened the scoring for Spain in some style with a beautiful back-heel finish. 

    The striker, who recently signed for New York City, broke down in tears on the bench after playing his last game in what has been an incredible spell for the national team that sees him leave the international stage as his country's leading all-time scorer.

    6/24/2014 11:42:17 AM


  • Robben sends out a warning!

    Arjen Robben has been on electric form so far at this summer's World Cup and after Holland's win yesterday, the winger issued a warning to the world that his team will get even better!

    Louis van Gaal's side have won all three group games in a very testing group scoring ten times in doing so and are looking good going into the knock out stage. They meet Mexico in the next round. 

    Robben told the press after the game that he wants his team to get even better and go deep into the tournament. 

    "If you told me that we'd win our three games to finish top of the group two months ago I'd have been delighted, but I don't want to end it here. We want to go on

    "Although we want to enjoy the moment we'll soon need to start to work hard in training to improve even more.


    6/24/2014 11:50:13 AM


  • Hernandez v Van Gaal!

    After the victory for Mexico yesterday, they will now face the Netherlands in the next round and that has created an intriguing little sub-plot. 


    The Manchester United forward has been used as a substitute in every game for Mexico this summer so far and got their third last night. Van Gaal will take over at Old Trafford after the World Cup is done and Hernandez will be hoping to ditch his super-sub status under the new manager. 

    He could certainly impress his new boss if he knocks out the Dutch in the next round. 


    Hernandez scored Mexico's third in last night's (MON) 3-1 victory over Croatia, which has set up an intriguing second round encounter with the Netherlands and their outgoing coach Louis Van Gaal.

    The Dutchman will take over at United once his side's involvement in the World Cup is at an end but there is speculation that Hernandez, who started only six Premier League games last season, is to leave in search of regular first team football.



    6/24/2014 11:57:57 AM


  • Neymar, on song!

    Brazil's wonder kid, Neymar, has been on red-hot form so far this summer and they will need him to carry on if they are to get past Chile. 

    Chile have been extra exciting to watch at this World Cup and they have set up a next round meeting with Brazil in the Round of 16. 

    Neymar said he will do whatever it takes to get the job done and make sure Brazil progress, it won't be easy though. 

    "There is no pressure. I've always said there is no pressure when you are making a dream come true and doing something you have sought after since you were a kid.

    "I'm now playing in matches that I always dreamed about.

    "I just want to help my fellow players not only by scoring goals but doing whatever it takes on the pitch to help us win.


    6/24/2014 12:03:52 PM


  • What's next for Brazil?

    Big Phil Scolari has admitted his fears over facing Chile in the next round. Chile completed a superb win over reigning champions Spain just a few days ago and their attacking style has won many fans over the globe. 

    Now, Brazil must get past them if they are to progress and their boss believes it will be a tough one. 

    “Some people thought Chile would be eliminated,” he said here in Brasilia last night when the issue of his answer was brought up. “That wasn’t going to happen, they are really good. If I could choose I’d have picked someone else because Chile are more difficult. They’ve quality, organisation, will.

    While Scolari may be feeling the pressure, Neymar is certainly not, or he at least says he's not.

    The boy-wonder has scored four times already at the 2014 World Cup and is playing down the pressure on him ahead of the next round. 

    The 22-year-old, who now in has 35 international goals in 52 appearances, said: "There is no pressure. I've always said there is no pressure when you are making a dream come true and doing something you have sought after since you were a kid.


    6/24/2014 12:12:21 PM
  • Lots to enjoy around the Indysport's website, go check out all the goodness! 


    6/24/2014 12:14:20 PM


  • That reaction!

    Miguel Herrera, the Mexican boss, could not contain his joy after his team scored yesterday. 

    His reaction to his side's victory has now gone viral and the whole world is loving the manager's touchline antics. 

    He has a million and one different faces while going through the highs and lows of being a national team manager making him the cult hero of the World Cup so far.  




    6/24/2014 12:27:07 PM


  • Back to England. 


    That makes for grime reading to many England fans after the Arsenal star made such a positive impact in his England caps to date.

    Roy Hogdson didn't name a replacement for the Ox, hoping he would be able to regain full fitness in time to play a part in Brazil but after England's early exit, there will be no time for him to recover. 

    He will certainly have future chances though! 

    "It was a blow to lose Oxlade-Chamberlain," said Hodgson. "We've been fortunate to go through the tournament and the preparation with so few injuries.

    "On Sunday morning he had a slight recurrence of the knee problem and will now be out."


    6/24/2014 12:36:47 PM


  • England are favourites!

    According to Costa Rica's boss, Jorge Luis Pinto, England are favourites to get the win in Belo Horizonte tonight, you sure Jorge?

    As if we really needed any mind games at this stage, the opposition coach reckons his side have it all to do if they are to complete three wins from three. 

    England fans will be hoping he's right and that we can do a job this evening!

    “The situation for England is very complex,” said Pinto. “The mother country of football cannot leave Brazil without any points. This is going to be a one-off match for England, they have to get something from it.

    “We will not be lowering our guard and will fight all the way to ensure that we finish in the top position. We want to be number one in our group and we deserve to be number one because of how we have played.


    6/24/2014 12:46:51 PM


  • England's future

    The game tonight will bring an end to an era in English football and hopefully dawn a bright new day!

    No one wanted England to go home early but it has happened and now work must begin to look to the future. 

    Sam Wallace, the Independent's chief football writer, picks his starting XI that could take to the field for the 2018 World Cup, should England get there that is!

    It does make for interesting reading and gives reason to be optimistic. Tonight, we'll hopeful see a few of these young guns put on a show against Costa Rica and go out with a bang!

    GK: Jack Butland (Current club: Stoke City, current age: 21)

    RB: Calum Chambers (Southampton, 19)

    CB: John Stones (Everton, 20)

    CB: Gary Cahill (Chelsea, 28)

    LB: Luke Shaw (Southampton, 18)

    CM: Diego Poyet (Charlton Athletic, 19)

    CM: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal, 20)

    RAM: Patrick Roberts (Fulham, 17)

    CAM: Ross Barkley (Everton, 20)

    LAM: Raheem Sterling (Liverpool, 19)

    ST: Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool, 24)


    What do you reckon England should do now? Have your say by hitting the 'Make a comment' button above and share your thoughts with us! 
    6/24/2014 12:56:14 PM
  • Some light relief!

    After all the doom and gloom that has surrounded England at tho tournament, how about something that is a bit of fun!

    An unnamed company released a set of England mugs prior to the World Cup but made one vital mistake!


    Not sure what Barack is like in the tackle, I imagine not bad! 


    6/24/2014 1:01:17 PM
  • On to the other action going on tonight!
    6/24/2014 1:04:22 PM


  • That man, Suarez!

    Luis Suarez may well have lost the few fans he had left here in England after his winning goals against them a few days ago. 

    He also took a swipe at the British public and media in the aftermath of that victory. 

    Now, he has his sights fixed on beating Italy tonight and getting into the next round but he still had time to take another hit at England. 

    Tim Rich, in Natal, looks into the striker who can't help but hit the headlines for good and bad reasons. 


    He has not forgiven and he has not forgotten. This may be because the victory he conjured over England has released a dam burst of emotions about his treatment over accusations he racially abused Patrice Evra and the cold fact that he bit Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic.



    6/24/2014 1:15:44 PM


  • Japan time?

    With the South American teams dominating the early stages of this World Cup so far, Holland aside, it has been largely overlooked how poorly the Asian contingent are doing. 

    Japan have been improving their football for many years but in this tournament, even with their favourable group, they have struggled. 

    Tonight they take on Colombia and Japan have it all to do if they are to make into the next round. 


    Just as football has been USA’s sport of the future for the past 40 years, it has felt like the Japanese have been a coming force for the past 20.

    The infrastructure is in place, the resources are there, but the true spark to ignite them has not yet followed.

    This World Cup has almost summed it up. The performances of Alberto Zaccheroni’s side have been perfectly respectable, but still haven’t lifted them to the results required.


    Don't forget the match preview of this tie either, Kostas Lianos brings you this one!

    - Japan have never beaten Colombia before.

    - AC Milan attacking midfielder Keisuke Honda has been involved in four out of Japan’s last five World Cup goals as he has scored three times and produced one assist.

    - Colombia have equalled their World Cup goal record as they have scored five times, just like in 1962.

    - Fiorentina winger Juan Cuadrado has provided three assists in a World Cup, which is more than any other Colombian footballer.


    6/24/2014 1:28:24 PM


  • Can Colombia go all the way?

    Colombia have been exciting in their opening two victories in Group C and, barring a miracle, will finish top of the table after tonight's action. 

    But, now the real work starts for them. 

    No dispresect to Greece, Ivory Coast or Japan but those three don't strike fear into the hearts of many and after tonight's game sees an end to the group stage, Colombia will start to be tested far more. 

    They are likely to be up against Italy or Uruguay in the Round of 16 and that game will go along way to revealing just how good their side is. 

    Their coach Jose Pekerman has the chance to create a very special side indeed, according to Jack Pitt-Brooke.

    With the pace and skill of Victor Ibarbo and Juan Cuadrado on the wings, and the delicate direction of James Rodriguez in the middle, Colombia have been very good, proving themselves better than the celebrated teams of 1994 and 1998 who went out in the group stages. They have matched the achievements of the side who reached the last 16 in 1990 and could well exceed them.
    6/24/2014 1:36:10 PM
  • Interesting little facts here!


    6/24/2014 1:37:19 PM


  • Ivory Coast can make history!

    The Cote d'Ivoire need a lift tonight after their country and team have had to deal with some tragic news recently.

    Yaya and Kolo Toure's brother Ibrahim passed away last week after losing his battle with cancer and the country are being hit with the worst floods for years. 

    The Africa side are in desperate need of a lift and coach Sabri Lamouchi hopes to give it to them tonight. 

    Kolo and Yaya Toure lost their younger brother, Ibrahim, to cancer last week and with Ivory Coast currently afflicted by severe flooding too, coach Sabri Lamouchi said he hoped to provide some good news by leading the Elephants to qualification for the World Cup second round for the first ever time.

    6/24/2014 1:44:43 PM


  • Are you watching England tonight?

    They'll be many an England fan out there today who could not give a monkeys about the final group game this evening. 

    England have nothing to play for but pride and I'm sure your tempted to watch Italy v Uruguay, the highlights of the cricket or the last of the action from Wimbledon!

    But, at the Independent we like to keep our spirits high and here is a whole load of reasons why you should tune in tonight!

    With the allure of a showdown between Uruguay and Italy to decide who will join Costa Rica in the last-16 beginning at the same time as England’s encounter, many Three Lions supporters have admitted that they are tempted to watch the match in Natal rather than England’s farewell in Belo Horizonte.

    But why should you watch England’s final game in Brazil? Here are a few reasons why.


    6/24/2014 2:00:48 PM
  • It is 3pm and that means there's just two hours until kick off in tonight's World Cup action! 
    6/24/2014 2:01:56 PM


  • Hodgson needs a winning end!

    Roy Hodgson could really do with a victory tonight to make that long plane journey home that little bit more bearable. 



    Their manager Jorge Luis Pinto was talking about sending home “the mother of football” with no points and who can blame him really? His team are on a roll; England are in a low. Costa Rica have never played a full international against England and they could have hardly have picked a better time to make it their first.

    And, always a delight, ladies and gentleman, Piers Morgan…


    6/24/2014 2:08:36 PM
  • There's a lot going on around planet World Cup today, so if you've missed anything, here's five of the big talking points!

    1). Spain's full-back Jordi Alba tells a journalist that he will 'rip your head off' after their final game victory yesterday. 

    2). Mexico's boss Miguel Herrera goes viral after explosive reaction to his side's victory over Croatia. 

    3). Yaya Toure accuses Manchester City of denying him the chance to see his late brother Ibrahim.

    4). Ray Wilkins reckons John Terry and Ashley Cole should have been included in England's squad. 

    5). Wesley Sneijder blasts Chile's coach Jorge Sampaoli over claims that the Dutch were 'overly defensive'
    6/24/2014 2:17:32 PM


  • England tonight!

    Roy Hodgson has already named the starting line-up for tonight's final group game against Costa Rica, now just under an hour and half away. 

    The Three Lions' boss had his say about the team he has selected yesterday.

    Can England go out with a bang?

    “I’m looking for them to show their talent. Both of them are very good passers of the ball, very good at running with the ball. Both, for young players, have good vision. That will improve the more games they play, but they’re well advanced for their age.

    “This is a chance for them to show they are good players. They have an opportunity to play from the start, and together in a game with other young players around them. They can show the faith and hope we have that those boys are ready to make their mark. This could be the first moment they give us an inkling that we are on the right track.


    England's starting XI to play Costa Rica: Ben Foster, Phil Jones, Gary Cahill, Chris Smalling, Luke Shaw, Frank Lampard (c), Jack Wilshere, James Milner, Ros Barkley, Adam Lallana, Daniel Sturridge
    6/24/2014 2:27:05 PM


  • Michael Owen has his say!

    Former England star Michael Owen has weighed in on the whole England situation. 

    Owen hit the scene as a youngster with his magic solo goal against Argentina in 1998 and now it looks like a new bunch of young players will be England's main focus moving forward. 

    The former Liverpool striker believes the Three Lions must rediscover the mentality needed to compete at major cup competitions. 


    "It is difficult playing for England, it always has been and always will be, but you need a lot of ability to play at the top level and a certain mentality to go with it, and obviously we are falling a bit short at the moment.


    6/24/2014 2:38:39 PM
  • Italy v Uruguay team news: Tonight's other Group D game is a winner takes all affair to get into the second round. 

    It should be a really good game as both teams need a result to get through.

    Italy are expected to make big changes to their side with Ciro Immobile in the running for his first start. Daniele de Rossi could miss out with a calf injury but Mattie de Sciglio is fit again after his thigh problem. 

    Uruguay could name an unchanged line-up but captain Diego Lugano could return if he is passed fit. Maxi Pereira is still out through suspension. 

    All the official team news as soon as we get it! 
    6/24/2014 2:45:15 PM


  • England can still win something!

    England may well be out of the World Cup but they can still win the Unofficial World Cup with victory over Costa Rica tonight. 

    In recent years Spain have held the trophy before they lost to Argentina. The title then passed from Japan to North Korea, Sweden, back to Argentina and then Uruguay who entered the tournament as champions.

    Costa Rica beat them at the beginning of the tournament meanig they are current champs!

    Tom Sheen takes you through the grand old tradition! 

    Not only will Roy Hodgson's team win their first game of the 2014 World Cup with a victory in Belo Horizonte, but they will take Costa Rica's crown as the Unofficial World Champions.

    To win the title you have to beat the last champion. The history of the title dates all the way back to 1872 and the first international match between England and Scotland.


    Sam Wallace is our man in Belo Horizonte for this game! 


    6/24/2014 2:53:10 PM
  • Team news: We already know England's line-up but here's the official elevens for tonight!

    Costa Rica: Navas, Gamboa, Diaz, Miller, Gonzalez, Duarte, Ruiz, Borges, Campbell, Valverde, Brenes

    England: Foster, Jones, Cahill, Smalling, Shaw, Lampard (c), Wilshere, Milner, Barkley, Lallana, Sturridge
    6/24/2014 2:55:24 PM
  • Kick off is just an hour away!





    6/24/2014 2:59:40 PM
  • Italy v Uruguay team news: The teams are in for the game in Natal as well!

    Italy: Buffon, Darmian, De Sciglio, Chiellini, Bonucci, Barzagli, Verratti, Marchisio, Pirlo, Immobile, Balotelli

    Uruguay: Musiera, Caceres, Pereira, Rios, Gimenez, Godin, Gonzalez, Lodeiro, Rodriguez, Cavani, Suarez
    6/24/2014 3:03:42 PM
  • Video preview!

    Under an hour away from England's final group game in Brazil before they pack up and go home. 



    6/24/2014 3:08:12 PM
  • Keep up-to-date with everything going on over at the Indysport's website...


    6/24/2014 3:10:27 PM


  • Italy v Uruguay!



    Uruguay know that nothing but victory will assure them of a prolonged stay in Brazil, with Italy needing a draw or better to book their place in the last-16 at Uruguay’s expense. Coach Oscar Tabarez has named the same starting XI that ended England’s chances of qualification on Thursday, meaning Suarez is fit to start despite being carried off on a stretcher after scoring twice against the Three Lions.

    Italy make four changes to the side that succumbed to Costa Rica 1-0 on Friday, with Leonardo Bonucci, Mattia De Sciglio, Marco Verratti and Ciro Immoblie all coming in for Ignacio Abate, Thiago Motta, Daniele De Rossi and Antonio Candreva.



    6/24/2014 3:19:06 PM



  • England v Costa Rica! 

    Still plenty of time to enjoy our preview for England's final World Cup game tonight. 



    6/24/2014 3:28:17 PM
  • Just about 30 minutes left until kick-off in Belo Horizonte and Natal. 

    We will be concentrating on England's last game but also keeping a close eye on Italy v Uruguay.
    6/24/2014 3:29:30 PM
  • Plenty going on across Twitter for this one!


    6/24/2014 3:34:12 PM
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