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



    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
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    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
    Costa Rica get us underway in Belo Horizonte and it's Italy to do so over in Natal! Game on!
    6/24/2014 4:00:42 PM
    Costa Rica 0 England 0

    1 min: England all in white get their first touch but Costa Rica go close already through Joel Campbell. The Arsenal man hits at goal but it whistles just wide. A huge deflection goes unpunished and England get the goal kick.  
    6/24/2014 4:03:08 PM
    Italy 0 Uruguay 0

    3 min: Uruguay also in all white over in Natal and it's a feisty old start there. Plenty of early fouls and tackles! Both teams need the win but who will get it and join Costa Rica in the next round?
    6/24/2014 4:04:46 PM
    Costa Rica 0 England 0

    5 min: Well, I'm sorry to say but it's pretty much all Costa Rica in the first five. Not a chance to really speak of as yet but England aren't seeing too much of the ball. Worrying signs as Jack Wilshere goes down holding his back, moving a bit gingerly now… One to keep an eye on. 

    Also keep an eye on this, Prince Harry is in attendance! 


    6/24/2014 4:07:10 PM
    Costa Rica 0 England 0

    8 min: Something for England to be unhappy about here as Adam Lallana is pulled back as he makes a run through the middle. The referee doesn't spot it and it goes unpunished. I must say, it is much easier to keep calm about things like that when you are already out. A week ago, I'd have been up in arms! 
    6/24/2014 4:10:42 PM
    Cheers, Rus! 


    6/24/2014 4:11:12 PM
    Italy 0 Uruguay 0

    11 min: It's all Italy in Natal and they have had nearly 75% possession in the opening 12 minutes. Pirlo draws a good save from Fernando Muslera with a long range free-kick that dips and swerves all over the place!
    6/24/2014 4:13:10 PM
    Costa Rica 0 England 0

    13 min: Chance for England. The Three Lions go close for the first time today and it's Daniel Sturridge with the effort. The Liverpool man scored against Italy in the opening game and nearly gets his second of the World Cup with a good strike from range that fizzes just wide. 


    Good old Barmy Army! 
    6/24/2014 4:14:34 PM
    Costa Rica 0 England 0

    17 min: Some nice build-up play from England is put to a halt after Daniel Sturridge is fouled. Some sloppy passing from Roy Hodgson's men early on. Sturridge looks a threat though and he goes for an audacious volley from way out. The Liverpool man spots Navas off his line but his effort goes wide. 
    6/24/2014 4:19:03 PM
    20 minutes gone in Group D and the two goalless draws so far mean Costa Rica will top the group with Italy finishing in second. 
    6/24/2014 4:20:53 PM
    The good Lord himself has his say on proceedings!


    6/24/2014 4:21:37 PM
    Italy 0 Uruguay 0

    22 min: Mario Balotelli goes into the book for Italy after clattering knee first into the head of a Uruguayan defender! He'll miss the next game should Italy get through. Still goalless in Natal. 




    6/24/2014 4:23:36 PM

    Well, well, well folks. What can we say? 

    Here's a picture of Luis Suarez holding his teeth in agony after Giorgio Chiellini had the sheer cheek to retract his shoulder after the Liverpool striker had decided to tuck into a nice bit of Al Forno Italian.

    Samuel Stevens here to respond to that game - which also saw the Italians bow out of this summer's tournament - while also reflecting on more doom and gloom from the England camp after their timid 0-0 draw with Costa Rica. At least we didn't end with zero points.

    Later this evening, as attention turns to Group C, we'll also be bringing you all of the action from Ivory Coast against Japan while Colombia take on Japan.

    Pull up a chair, get a beverage of some description and settle in for another evening of World Cup madness! 
    6/24/2014 6:14:40 PM
    This sort of controversy is the sort of thing Twitter was made for...






    6/24/2014 6:20:42 PM
    Luis Suarez's day in pictures:

    Get a couple of free-kicks...


    Allegedly take a chunk out of Giorgio Chiellini...


    Claim foul play against the Juventus man...


    Rub salt into Italian wounds and knock them out.


    Just a day in the life!
    6/24/2014 6:29:29 PM
    Richard Keys, the former Sky Sports host, is just the latest figure to weigh in on the Luis Suarez debate. Here's a picture of Giorgio Chiellini's shoulder after the Liverpool man allegedly bit the Italian defender.

    Are they bite marks we can see?


    6/24/2014 6:32:17 PM
    The Japanese faithful appear as passionate and outlandish as ever...



    6/24/2014 7:54:39 PM

    KICK OFF! We are under way in Cuiaba as Ivory Coast get us going while Japan start the action in Fortaleza against Colombia. 

    The Ivory Coast team are wearing black armbands in honour of the brother of Yaya and Kolo Toure, Ibrahim, who sadly passed away this week.
    6/24/2014 8:00:35 PM
    Japan 0-0 Colombia: Team news reminder

    Japan: Eiji Kawashima, Atsuto Uchida, Yuto Nagatomo, Makoto Hasebe, Yasuyuki Konno, Maya Yoshida, Yoshito Okubo, Toshihiro Aoyama, Shinji Okazaki, Keisuke Honda, Shinji Kagawa.

    Colombia: David Ospina, Santiago Arias, Pablo Armero, Fredy Guarín, Carlos Valdés, Eder Balanta, Juan Cuadrado, Alexander Mejía, Jackson Martinez, Adrian Ramos, Juan Quintero.
    6/24/2014 8:02:00 PM
    Greece 0-0 Ivory Coast: Team news reminder

    Greece: Orestis Karnezis, Vasileios Torosidis, Jose Holebas, Ioannis Maniatis, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Konstantinos Manolas, Lazaros Christodoulopoulos, Georgios Karagounis, Dimitrios Salpingidis, Panagiotis Kone, Georgios Samaras.

    Ivory Coast: Boubacar Barry, Serge Aurier, Arthur Boka, Cheick Tioté, Kolo Touré, Sol Bamba, Salmon Kalou, Serey Die, Didier Drogba, Yaya Touré, Gervinho.
    6/24/2014 8:02:37 PM
    3 mins: Greece 0-0 Ivory Coast

    It's a quiet opening in Fortaleza but both Cheick Tiote, the Newcastle man, and Sol Bamba, the former Leicester City centre-back, have made commanding starts here.

    6/24/2014 8:05:57 PM
    Greece 0-0 Ivory Coast

    Quite a backdrop at the Estadio Castelao...

    6/24/2014 8:10:06 PM
    8 mins: Greece 0-0 Ivory Coast

    Didier Drogba finds room on the half-way line and, quick as you like, turns and passes to Gervinho who gallops down the right flank. Via a nifty one-two with Drogba, the former Arsenal man forces Konstantinos Manolas into a late challenge. The resultant corner comes to nothing. 

    6/24/2014 8:12:37 PM
    11 mins: Japan 0-0 Colombia

    Keisuke Honda takes a short corner to Shinji Kagawa who tries to find Yoshito Okubo in the box but the Manchester Uniter star's ball is over-hit. Japan pressing well!
    6/24/2014 8:15:08 PM
    6/24/2014 9:06:08 PM
    GGOOOOOAAAALLLLL! Japan 1-4 COLOMBIA - James Rodriguez, 89 mins.
    6/24/2014 9:51:00 PM
    PENALTY TO GREECE! Watch this space!
    6/24/2014 9:51:13 PM
    GOOOOAAAALLLL!! GREECE 2-1 Ivory Coast - Georgios Samaras, 92 mins.
    6/24/2014 9:51:49 PM
    92 mins: Greece 2-1 Ivory Coast

    What drama in Fortaleza!

    Giovanni Sio is the man to blame for the Ivory Coast as a penalty is gifted to Greece in the very last minute! The Africans look heartbroken. It's their third group stage exit in a row! Georgios Samaras, on the other hand, has just fired Greece to the final stages for the first time in their history!

    6/24/2014 9:54:41 PM
    FULL TIME: Greece 2-1 Ivory Coast & Japan 1-4 Colombia - COLOMBIA AND GREECE REACH THE LAST SIXTEEN.
    6/24/2014 9:59:32 PM
    Colombian joy...


    ... matched by Greek delight.

    6/24/2014 10:02:17 PM
    As the dust settles on a dramatic day of World Cup madness, Glenn Moore signs us off for the evening with his thoughts on Greece's late show against the Ivory Coast.

    Reminded me of the 1979 FA Cup final, middling game with a dramatic finish, but what a finish. Ice-cool from Samaras. Ivory Coast looked the part at times but are error-prone and too individualistic. Greece are never going to light up a match but should not be blamed for making the most of their limited resources. 
    6/24/2014 10:03:29 PM
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