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World Cup 2014: Day 8 as it happened including England's defeat to Uruguay in Sao Paulo

Welcome to The Independent's live coverage of what was day eight of the FIFA World Cup. Marc Williams and Sam Dymond were the men on hand with all the action from Brazil including England's defeat to Uruguay, classy Colombia's latest victory and a late night bore draw between Japan and Greece…


    • Uruguay 2 (Suarez 39', 85') England 1 (Rooney 75') FT
    • England on the brink of elimination after losing second World Cup game
    • Luis Suarez's late winner condemns Three Lions to defeat
    • Wayne Rooney had equalised with his first World Cup goal
    • Colombia 2 (Rodriguez 66' Quintero 70') Ivory Coast 1 (Gervinho 73') FT
    • Los Cafeteros top Group C after second win and qualify for the knockout stages
    • Japan 0 Greece 0 FT
    6/19/2014 11:11:34 AM

  • Hello and welcome back to the Independent's live coverage of Day Eight of the 2014 World Cup finals from Brazil. 
    I'm Marc Williams and I'll be taking you through all the build-up, all the news and all the talking points in the lead up to England's latest installment of pain and (hopefully) pleasure as they take on Uruguay. 
    The game gets going at 8pm sharp our time, so we've got the whole day to gear up and get ready. England surely must avoid defeat, a draw would be OK but a win is what we all want. 
    Were will Rooney play? Will Sterling or Barkley get a starting chance? Will Roy risk the Ox? Can the Three Lions tame Suarez?
    So many question, thankful we have a bit of time until kick off to try and answer them.
    It's not all about England today (it really is, though) as we have two other games coming to you live! Colombia v Ivory Coast at 5pm and finishing up with Japan v Greece at 11pm.
    All that and we haven't even discussed yesterday yet! The world champs are out da da daaa!
    Spain bowed out with a whimper last night after losing 2-0 to the Chileans and we will have new champions this summer, great! 
    That defeat and the Dutch beating Australia 3-2 meant both the Netherlands and Chile have booked their place in the next round and their was also a terrific win for Croatia, who ran out 4-0 winners over Cameroon. 
    Plenty of talking points then, so let's get going...

    6/19/2014 10:47:05 AM

  • Can England cage Suarez?

    All the talk leading up to England v Uruguay is centered around two men, Wayne Rooney and Luis Suarez.
    Both top quality strikers, both with the hopes of their nation on their shoulders, both not quite full fit, both fascinating. 
    England could easily have five Liverpool players in their starting line-up tonight and they'll be facing one more. 
    Suarez! The PFA and FWA Player-of-the-Year bagged goals galore for the Reds last season and is now England's biggest challenge in tonight's game.
    Steven Gerrard has never been one to greet his teammates with open arms and kisses when they are on the opposing team and he had his say about his Uruguayan teammate ahead of this evening's big Group D clash.

    “If I walk past him I will say ‘hello’ and shake his hand but at that moment I am not really looking for friends or team-mates. He knows that once that whistle blows there is no friendship at all between me and Luis Suarez.

    6/19/2014 10:57:50 AM

  • No hiding place...

    England's youngsters might well have been playing hide-and-go-seek just a couple of years ago but they can't be doing that tonight. 
    Raheem Sterling was one of England's best performers against Italy last Saturday and with Ross Barkley many people's pick to start, much of the Three Lions' hopes lie on young shoulders. 
    Captain, Steven Gerrard has come out to tell his tender-yeared teammates that there will be no place to hide in tonight's game. 
    ETA to kick-off, just under eights hours by the way.

    “I told them basically just to be really proud of the effort and commitment we gave against Italy, who are a difficult side and not to get too down with the result. Going into this game, they have to realise it could be a terrible long, frustrating summer if we don’t get it right [against Uruguay]. There is no hiding place for a player when you go out of a tournament. You go home earlier than you expect. It can be tough as a player and it can take an awful long time to get over it.
    6/19/2014 11:08:56 AM

  • Risk the Ox?

    Roy Hodgson told the world in his presser yesterday that he will not risk playing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in tonight's crunch game against Uruguay.
    The Ox has the raw pace and power to unsettle even the best of defences and was arguably England's best player against Ecuador in their warm-up draw in Miami. 
    In that friendly, the Arsenal man picked a nasty strain of his medial ligament (something in the knee, apparently) and has been nursing himself back to fitness ever since. 
    England fans let out a collective 'ahh no' when Oxlade-Chamberlain went off and would love to see the youngster at least appear at this World Cup before all is said and done. 
    Roy said he wont be using him tonight but should he be risked? Have your say in our poll...

    “He's not in contention but he will take part in the next full training session. At the limit, we could have taken a chance with him tomorrow but it'll be better to use the four days before the Costa Rica game to train with the team.

    “His injury has responded very well to treatment and I don't think we'll put him into the firing line tomorrow before he has some training sessions with the team.”

    6/19/2014 11:24:23 AM
  • As we check in with Twitter for the first time today, things are bubbling along nicely...

    6/19/2014 11:30:21 AM

  • How about a nice vid?

    Everyone likes a video! It's just about lunchtime, so down tools and get your hard-working eyes around our latest video. 
    In today's episode we have the England squad training in Sao Paulo's Arena Corinthians, tonight's stage for the Group D clash. 
    Sam Wallace is our man at the stadium, enjoy!

    The country will come to a standstill once more this evening as the England team seek to keep their World Cup hopes alive in their second match of the tournament against Uruguay.

    6/19/2014 11:35:45 AM

  • Rooney time?

    After England's opening game 2-1 defeat to Italy just five days ago, there was much praise for the way England went on the attack in the heat of Manaus. 
    But, there were few, rightly or wrongly, handing out praise to a certain Wayne Rooney.
    For my part, I thought Wazza did fine against Italy, playing the ball around well, endless energy and a fantastic ball-in for Daniel Sturridge's equaliser. 
    If he had slammed home that glorious chance he had to bring England level at 2-2 we would have all been singing his name from the rooftops but instead, we are not.
    Tonight it appears Roy will give him his preferred number 10 role and this could be the night Rooney finally delivers. 
    Some big-time players have already turned up and performed for their country and now England expects. 
    Have a read of Glenn Moore's tactical analysis of how Rooney could punish uruguay's rigid shape. 

    From Tim Cahill to Mario Balotelli, it has been a theme of this World Cup that a country’s big players have delivered. That is the context in which Wayne Rooney is being judged. Having made England’s goal, found space for a good shooting chance himself, and covered more ground in the heat of Manaus than anyone else, it is hardly surprising he was unhappy at some of the criticism he received after the defeat to Italy. But he is being measured against the best.

    6/19/2014 11:45:21 AM

  • Goals, goals, goals!

    What do Matt Upson, Darren Anderton and Emile Heskey have that Wayne Rooney doesn't?
    That's right, a World Cup goal.
    To be precise, 39 Englishmen have netted at the show-piece events down the years, the most recent of which is, of course, Daniel Sturridge's the other night. 
    How dearly would Wayne love to become number 40!
    Check out all our past goal-scoring heroes here. Who, if anyone, will add to the list tonight...

    Brazil represents the Manchester United striker's third World Cup - but despite scoring 39 for the Three Lions, he's yet to score a single goal at the biggest tournament of the lot.

    6/19/2014 11:51:33 AM

  • How can England progress?

    With all this footy on our telly boxes coming thick and fast, it is easy to get a bit lost and confused in the endless pile up of games.
    We love it, obviously, but it's always helpful to have a little refresher. 
    England must avoid defeat tonight or they'll be starring into the abyss come full-time and could be packing their bags.
    But that's not going to happen!! England need at least a point, something, that on their showing against Italy, is well within their grasps and are well capable of winning.
    Get up-to-date and clued in about what each possible result would mean for England tonight...

    The Three Lions performed admirably in their first match in Brazil, yet suffered a 2-1 defeat to Italy on Saturday night in Manaus, meaning that they must avoid defeat at all costs in Thursday’s showdown against Uruguay and in all likelihood win both matches if they are to reach the second round.

    Victory today would eliminate Uruguay from the World Cup – although they would await the result of Friday’s match between Italy and Costa Rica – and would leave Roy Hodgson’s side facing another nerve-wracking decider against the Costa Ricans next Tuesday.

    6/19/2014 11:59:04 AM

  • Preview time!

    Let's wrap things up about England for now then, plenty more on them throughout the day...
    Have a quick gander at some top-notch stats about the match below and then here's Kostas Lianos' preview for the big game...

    - Last time these two sides met at the World Cup, was in 1966 where the Three Lions got a goalless draw in the competition’s opener and went on to win the torphy on home soil. 

    - The sides have squared off 10 times with England winning three, three draws and four deafeats.

    - Needless to say, Wayne Rooney has yet to score a World Cup goal. The Manchester United striker’s spell has now been extended to 684 minutes.

    - Frank Lampard holds a negative record of most shots without a goal, which is worse than any other player at the World Cup finals since 1966. The Chelsea legend has picked up 39 shots but no goals.

    - England have only lost three of their last 17 World Cup matches and have won seven – excluding the penalty shoot-out defeats.

    6/19/2014 12:05:21 PM
  • The Twittersphere is loving this one!

    6/19/2014 12:07:57 PM
  • That'll do it for England for the time being, plenty more going on around the World Cup today.

    The Netherlands beat Australia 3-2 yesterday and Chile beat Spain 2-0 meaning we have our first two teams into the Round of 16 already.

    Spain, our reigning champions will have lost a few people some money last night *cough* that's my 20 quid down the drain *cough* and they will have to hand over the trophy to someone else!

    Today we also have Colombia v Ivory Coast and Japan v Greece to enjoy!

    Like I said, plenty to get through!
    6/19/2014 12:11:29 PM

  • End of the world!

    Wow! Who saw that coming! Spain leaving the World Cup before they have even played their third group game!

    In truth, they fully deserve to be packing their bags prematurely after awful back-to-back defeats. 

    The Dutch tore them apart 5-1 last week and yesterday, Chile made the Spanish look more like El Carpico than El Clasico. 

    Their domination of world football is over and from a neutral's point of view, it will be nice to see a different country lift a major trophy and a different national anthem being sung.

    Is this the end for Iker Casillas, Xavi, Andreas Iniesta or Fernando Torres in the red of Spain? Could well be!

    If you're a Spaniard I suggest you don't click here but for everyone else enjoy Miguel Delaney's report from a dramatic night.

    Too tired, too slow and too few points. Spain’s World Cup is over, and an era ends. Vicente Del Bosque’s team have become only the fifth defending champions in history to go out in the group stage, but the first the lose their opening two games and thereby the quickest to ever go home.

    6/19/2014 12:21:37 PM

  • Plucky old Aussies!

    In every way that the Spaniard's exit from the World Cup was a bitter embarrassment, Australia's bow out was one of heart and grace.

    The Aussies were never fancied coming into this summer's World Cup and with their group of death, many people were not giving them a hope in hell. Some even believed they wouldn't even score a goal with bookies giving ridiculous odds of them returning down under with not even a solitary strike to their name.

    Far, far from it! They can go back to Aus with their heads held high and quite possibly the goal of the tournament after Tim Cahill's superb volley yesterday evening. 

    Australia played really well against both Chile and the Dutch but two defeats mean they have to go home. 

    Ian Herbert sums up the action from Group B yesterday!

    The Australians were desolate when the afternoon was over yet their contribution to this occasion will be remembered for many a long year. Their nation has developed something of a Dutch football fixation since Guus Hiddink took them to the 2006 finals and their captain delivered a masterclass moment of Dutch calibre; a volleyed goal of imperious technique to match Marco van Basten’s against the USSR in the  1988 European Championship final.

    6/19/2014 12:36:30 PM

  • That Tim Cahill goal!!

    This year's World Cup has seen some belter's already! RVP's flying header, Leo Messi's solo run and now Tim Cahill's volley.

    Not bad at all! 

    But were does it rank in all time great World Cup goals?

    Australia may be all but out of the tournament after losing to the Netherlands but Tim Cahill's stunning volley will go down in World Cup history.

    It has even been compared with the great Marco van Basten effort from 1988!

    It echoed the great Netherlands' striker Marco van Basten's majestic volley in the Euro '88 final against the Soviet Union. It was a truly glorious goal.

    Take a minute away from your busy working day to enjoy this majestic goal! Take a bow, Tim Cahill!

    6/19/2014 12:44:58 PM

  • Pain for Spain!

    After Spain's humiliating exit for this year's World Cup last night, there will inevitably be a host of questions that need answering!

    Here's the five we at the Independent asking...

    1). What is next for the old guard? Is it time for the likes of Cassillas, Xavi and co to bow down and let some of Spain's other talents take the reigns?

    2). How will they rebuild their team after the such awful manner of their exit?

    3). Is this the death of tiki-taka football? It has been so successful for Spain for so many years but is it finally over?

    4). Will Spain's dead-rubber against Australia be Vicente del Bosque's last?

    And finally...

    5). What other teams have crashed out before the tournament has even properly got going?

    6/19/2014 1:01:59 PM
  • Just under three hours until today's action gets underway! First up, Colombia take on the Ivory Coast in a top of the table clash in Group C, live from 5pm.
    6/19/2014 1:03:18 PM

  • Cameroon, all over!

    It wasn't just Spain that suffered an awful end to their World Cup dream, Cameroon exited in equally shocking circumstances last night. 

    The African side not only lost 4-0 to Croatia, they had Alex Song red carded for a punching a opponent in the back and had fisty-cuffs between two of their own players, Bowyer-Dyer style! 

    After Song's dismissal, a free-flowing and skillful Croatian line-up ran riot scoring four times and in truth it could have been as many as eight!

    Towards the end of the game, Cameroon added insult into their own injury when Benoit Assou-Ekotto headbutted his own team-mate Benjamin Moukandjo!

    All round a shocking night at the office! Good riddance! 

    Song was given his marching orders for a shocking elbow on Croatia striker Mario Mandzukic, leaving referee Pedro Proenca no option but to show a red card to the former Arsenal midfielder.

    Cameroon were already facing a humiliating end to their tournament as Croatia threatened to run riot, winning 4-0 with Mandzukic grabbing a brace.

    For as good as Cameroon were bad, Croatia were good and have set up a tasty Group A decider with Mexico! Read last night's match report.

    6/19/2014 1:14:22 PM

  • They came, they saw, they did absolutely horribly, they went home!

    Cameroon's World Cup was one to most definitely forget. They did lucky to get to Brazil in the first place, after arguments over payments grounding the country's plane as they prepared to leave for the tournament. 

    Now, last night's defeat to Coratia called an end to their time. One last piece of action for them to deal with, they have Brazil up next in their final game, crumbs !

    Disputes over payment and awful logistics - from poorly-timed flights and inadequate hotels - gave way to tactical disorganisation and so many players losing their cool. Alex Song was red-carded for a disgraceful physical attack on Mario Mandzukic, Benoit Assout-Ekotto head-butted teammate Benjamin Moukandjo. Afterwards, Samuel Eto’o had to physical restrain Assout-Ekotto.

    6/19/2014 1:20:02 PM
  • Cameroon in numbers does not make for happy reading...

    6/19/2014 1:24:43 PM
  • After all that Cameroonian gloom, how about a look at the lighter side of the World Cup!

    Here's three little peaches of stories, showing the happier stuff going on in Brazil!

    - There is forever the old myth that a bit of hanky-panky before a big game means you won't be able to perform well on the pitch! Which teams have allowed their players to have sex I hear you cry? Check it who, you hear me answer!

    - There's nothing worse than being snubbed for a good old fashioned handshake and it's even worse when that snub gets broadcast to billions around the world on TV! Poor old referee, Joe Fletcher!

    - And finally, one of the biggest hits of the tournament so far is the magic spray the refs are using! The vanishing foam to mark out ten yards for a free-kick has been the main talking point for many a fan the world over, so, learn a bit more about it!
    6/19/2014 1:33:57 PM
  • World Cup fever!

    Has this World Cup been the best ever? Bold statement giving it's only day eight but Brazil 2014 is shaping up to be up there with the greatest of all time.

    Glenn Moore reckons this World Cup has been pretty gosh darn special so far and here's his five reasons why!

    From almost the moment it kicked off, this World Cup has been a roaring success.With the exception of Iran and Nigeria's turgid 0-0 draw, almost every game has provided excitement of some kind. But what are the reasons behind this tournament's success?

    6/19/2014 1:42:35 PM

  • Back to England!

    England are in action against Uruguay tonight? You didn't know?? Where have you been all week??

    Of course you knew but kick-off is rapidly approaching and those butterflies are warming up nicely!

    Rafa Benitez is always good for an opionion or two and he has had he's say about what England need to do and what they'll face when they meet Uruguay tonight! Kick-off is at 8pm.

    Surprise, surprise the ex-Liverpool boss reckons Steven Gerrard will be a big player for the Three Lions tonight, you're probably right there Rafa, I just hope you're talking in facts here!

    England will have to protect their centre-backs well if Uruguay play with two strikers. But the big decision for Uruguay if they play with those two is whether to use one of them to manage Gerrard or use one of the midfielders, which brings a risk. Once again, the captain who did so much for me at Liverpool is the tactical key.

    6/19/2014 1:50:09 PM

  • Supporting England? Brazil aren't!

    We may well be the founders, creators and er, masters (perhaps not) of the beautiful game but outside of our shores we don't have too many fans, do we?!

    Despite Uruguay being an arch-enemy to fellow South Americans Brazil, it seems that the host nation will be mainly in support of our Group D rivals in the match tonight. 

    Ian Herbert tells of how the Brazilians actually want their great nemesis of the 1950 final to beat Roy's boys this evening. 

    Come on then you England fans, time to get behind the boys, no one else will!

    It began as a mission to establish whether the Brazilian nation wants England to grind Uruguay into the Sao Paulo dust tonight and help vanquish the ghost of 1950. It ended with the distinct impression that one corner of Brazil would actually rather like to belong to Uruguay.

    6/19/2014 1:59:54 PM
  • That's it Omid! That's the spirit!

    6/19/2014 2:01:34 PM

  • England abroad!

    England's fans always put on a good show when they hop on the plane to follow their footballing heroes around the globe. 

    In Brazil, the barmy army have settled in nicely even if a few teething problems remain!

    Be sure that our fans will be in full voice tonight as Tom Peck looks a what life is like for a travelling fan...

    At the official England fan hub yesterday they queued from 10am, despite it not opening until two. “We’re just here to get our tickets,” said Dave Webb, whose vital statistics  are 40, Wolves, fifth major tournament. “But the bar’d better be open.

    The 64-year-old Steve Haslam, who is well into his fourth decade of following England around the world, has come straight from the heat of Manaus. “It’s fine, I’m sure it’ll all be fine, but nobody speaks English  do they?”

    6/19/2014 2:08:46 PM

  • Best of friends? Not tonight! 

    Suarez time!

    England knew ever since the draw was made that they would have to face up against one of the Premier League's great players - Luis Suarez.

    After being rested in Uruguay's surprise 3-1 defeat to Costa Rica on Saturday, there is now even more pressure on the Liverpool man to turn up and do the business against England. 

    Steven Gerrard, his teammate and friend, reckons England have what it takes to cage the great man and that the Three Lions will have plenty enough to cause their opponents all sorts of problems up the other end too!

    Sam Wallace talks about what Gerrard had to say ahead of tonight's crunch game. 

    I know what is going to happen [for England] going forward. That for me is a gimme with the attacking talent we have in this group. I believe the confidence from our attacking play against Italy will cause our next two opponents endless problems. But it is no good us being really good going forward on the break if we can’t defend properly.

    6/19/2014 2:17:42 PM
  • Plenty of good stuff is going on around the Indy Sport's website, check em out!

    6/19/2014 2:19:45 PM
  • Plenty, oh yes, plenty of stuff to read before the big kick off tonight! Here's five of the best...

    1). Steven Gerrard has warned England's younger players that there is no place to hide in tonight's game against Uruguay saying that going out early 'can be tough as a player and it can take an awful long time to get over it.'

    2). Glenn Moore reckons Wayne Rooney in a central role can punish Uruguay's rigid shape. 

    3). Roy Hodgson will take no risk over Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and will instead save him for Costa Rica next week. 

    4). Uruguay stirker Edinson Cavani vows to battle to the bitter end as he prepares for the potential Group D decider.

    5). Our good old World Cup preview brought to you this time by Kostas Lianos. 

    Lots to read, go get stuck right in!
    6/19/2014 2:31:59 PM
  • Lots of Twitter action going on as well! Loving the optimism Jake!

    6/19/2014 2:35:43 PM
  • England have come down from the hot, humid and frankly pretty horrible conditions of the rain forest in Manaus to the slightly less hot, humid and horrible conditions of Sao Paulo. 

    After a quick scan of the weather forecast for that part of Brazil, it doesn't look all that bad, in fact it's quite English!

    Light drizzle I think can best explain the weather and with very favorable temperatures!

    Is it a helping hand from above?

    England trained in the stadium yesterday and check out our video from the session here!
    6/19/2014 2:41:28 PM
  • Do you have a second team?

    Japan, Chile, USA? Everyone has a second team to support on your own country's off days or, god forbid, when your country finally gets knock out altogether.

    Nearly every team at this World Cup so far has gone for goals and attacked in their opening games and it has made up for some wonderful viewing!

    If you're still unsure on who your second team should be, take our handing quiz and find out!

    I doubt too many of you will be going with Honduras, Iran or Nigeria, though... 
    6/19/2014 2:48:52 PM

  • Colombia v Ivory Coast

    So, just about an hour until kick-off between Colombia and the Ivory Coast in today's opening game today! 

    Both teams got off to winning starts, Colombia with a 3-0 win over Greece and Ivory Coast coming from a goal behind to beat Japan.

    This one should decide who will top the group then and leave the other to fight it out in their third group game to get into the last 16. 

    The Ivory Coast have their 'Golden Generation' of players at this year's tournament and there are big hopes back in Africa!

    With Cameroon already out, Ghana losing their opener and Nigeria looking more boring than an evening spent watching paint dry, Sabri Lamouchi's side are the continents best hopes. 

    Read Tim Rich's assessment of the country who are going for international success for the first time in Brazil. 

    Despite his performance against Japan, the 36-year-old Drogba is unlikely to displace Wilfried Bony from Ivory Coast’s starting line-up in Brasilia. “People love Drogba,” said Lamouchi. “But people have to understand that the last time he played 90 minutes was a few months ago, against Turkey. He has been injured and made a lot of sacrifices to be at this World Cup.

    6/19/2014 2:56:54 PM

  • Didier Drogba and his Elephants!

    If the Ivory Coast can get a victory over Colombia this afternoon it would give the world more reason to stand up and think that they can do well in Brazil!

    After only just scraping past Japan in their first game, tonight will provide a far greater test and if they can win, it will be party time!

    Simon Hart talks about how the nation and indeed the world will start to believe some of the Ivory Coast's hype should they win this evening...

    If the Elephants beat Colombia, they will gain a three-point lead at the top of the group and, with it, take a big step towards reaching the World Cup’s last 16 for the first time. Indeed they could end the day qualified for the next phase with three points in Brasilia and a favourable result in the group’s other game between Japan and Greece.

    6/19/2014 3:01:27 PM
  • Team news: For the first time today, come and get your team news!

    Colombia: Ospina, Zuniga, Armero, Sanchez, Zapata, Yepes, Cuadrado, Aguilar, Gutierrez, Rodriguez, Ibarbo

    Ivory Coast: Barry, Aurier, Boka, Die, Zokora, Bamba, Gradel, Tiote, Bony, Y Toure, Gervinho
    6/19/2014 3:03:58 PM
  • Team news: Colombia are unchanged from the side that beat Greece 3-0 in their Group C opener and there is quite a landmark for 38-year-old Mario Yepes who make his 100th cap this evening.

    Chelsea legend Didier Drogba is on the bench again for the Ivory Coast but he will be hoping to have the same kind of impact as he did against Japan last week. Their only change sees Max Gradel come in for Salomon Kalou.

    6/19/2014 3:07:27 PM
  • Sorry if you're having an early dinner / late lunch but what a fan!

    6/19/2014 3:10:00 PM
  • Some helpful little stats about the game here! 

    - Ever since 1966, Colombia have obtained the highest possession rate of 58 per cent, the most touches per game (794) and the best pass success rate at the World Cup.

    - The Cafeteros had more shots on target than anyone else at the South American World Cup qualifiers. The team amassed 99 shots.

    - Ivory Coast have the best goals/game rate than any other African team at the World Cup. The Elephants score almost two World Cup goals per match.

    - Colombia’s opponents are appearing in their third successive World Cup competition. Ghana is the only African nation that can match this.

    Check out our preview for this one!

    6/19/2014 3:12:50 PM

  • The venue!

    The Estadio Nacional in Brasilia is tonight park of choice. 

    It was hosts to Switzerland's dramatic last second victory over Ecuador on Sunday. 

    It holds a lick under 70,000 fans and is right in the heart of the country. All set up nicely and the atmosphere is starting to build in the ground. 

    6/19/2014 3:20:45 PM

  • Just before we get all-consumed by Colombia v Ivory Coast, let's recap on the major news from the day! 

    England captain Steven Gerrard has said that he is condifent that his side can deal with Luis Suarez and that he expects England to score plenty of goals this evening. 

    England meet up against Uruguay at 8pm with defeat spelling doom for Roy Hodgson's men.

    How to defend against Suarez, the man with as many goals at international level, 39, as Wayne Rooney and Lionel Messi? This is the striker who has proven so hard to tame for so many Premier League defences on his way to becoming the runaway top goalscorer over the season. Against an England defence that so far has not looked the equal of those at previous World Cup finals.
    6/19/2014 3:31:40 PM
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  • Our poll!

    Let's round up our first poll of the day then and some interesting stuff! 

    About 54% of you reckon Roy is right to not risk Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in tonight's game. That means just under half you guys think that we should throw him right in!
    6/19/2014 3:33:54 PM
  • Don't forget to stay with us throughout this evening's action. Japan v Greece is the late game tonight, kicking off at 11pm and before that, the big one, England v Uruguay, action starts 8pm sharp.

    For now, our attentions turn to the first game up today, Colombia v Ivory Coast!!!
    6/19/2014 3:38:56 PM
  • I don't speak Colombian but I can only guess they are all very excited and looking forward to the game!

    6/19/2014 3:40:30 PM
  • Not looking good for the Cote d'Ivoire but you never know...

    6/19/2014 3:41:59 PM
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