World Cup 2014: Day 8 as it happened including England's defeat to Uruguay in Sao Paulo - Live coverage - The Independent

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…

    88 min: Both teams are at full throttle here as we go into the closing stages. Quintero attempts a cheeky effort from all of 50 yards as he spots Barry, all on his Larry, miles off his line. The Ivory Coast stopper gets back in time to keep it out. 
    6/19/2014 5:51:49 PM
    90 min: Just the four minutes of added on time here, could have been as much as seven minutes on my clock!

    Howard Webb needs to keep a lid on it too, it's threatening to get nasty out there. 
    6/19/2014 5:52:55 PM
    92 min: Nooo Yepes! He has done so well today but nearly gives away the equaliser. The Colombian captain looks shattered out there and he completely fluffs his clearance sending Drogba free at goal. Ospina comes off his line really smartly to clear and save Yepes' blushes. 
    6/19/2014 5:55:04 PM
    93 min: Ivory Coast flying forward with every possible ounce of strength they have. Yepes turns cheer leader as time is nearly up here. 
    6/19/2014 5:56:07 PM
    6/19/2014 5:56:21 PM
    FT: Colombia hold on, just! What a final 25 minutes we had in that game! Amazing stuff and real shame for Ivory Coast but overall the right team won. 
    6/19/2014 5:57:22 PM
    Uruguay v England

    Good evening and welcome to The Independent’s live coverage of England’s second game of the 2014 FIFA World Cup; what happens in the following three hours will go far to determining whether it’s also their second last of the finals.

    Against Italy in Manaus on Saturday, England won admirers and plaudits but, ultimately, no points. Tonight, they would happily bypass the aesthetics if it means getting an essential win on the board.

    Standing in their way are a Uruguay team, equally desperate to get off the mark in Brazil, and spearheaded by a man known well to lovers of English football. Luis Suarez has been derided – sometimes rightly, often not – by many outside of Anfield during his three years in the Premier League, but one thing is certain – at the top of his game, he is a match-winner.

    Whether he’s at the top of his game remains to be seen. The 27-year-old has been rushed back into the La Celeste starting XI after their shock defeat to Costa Rica despite recent knee surgery. The striker, himself, is adamant that he is 100% fit, but his words haven’t always rung true during a colourful career.

    Suarez isn’t the only forward in the spotlight, of course. A below-par performance by Wayne Rooney on his unnatural left-hand side against the Italians has seen his place in the side debated long and hard by followers of the Three Lions. The Manchester United man keeps his place in Roy Hodgson’s team tonight, but he has been moved back into a central number ten role; the perfect position for Rooney to win matches for his country, and win back the hearts of England fans.

    Kick-off is at 8pm at the Arena de Sao Paulo.

    I’m Sam Dymond, and I’ll be here to talk you through each pulsating moment before tackling the big one at 11pm, Japan versus Greece. Many thanks to my colleague Mark Williams for his work throughout the day; he’s now off to the pub to celebrate Julian Dicks getting the West Ham Ladies manager’s job. Meanwhile, if you want to have your say on England’s game this evening, or anything World Cup related, please tweet @sammydymond or email

    6/19/2014 6:02:02 PM
    The Uruguay and England teams are in from the Arena de Sao Paulo.

    As expected, Luis Suarez starts for the Uruguayans in one of five changes, and replaces Diego Forlan in Oscar Tabarez’s attack. Injured captain Diego Lugano and the suspended Maxi Pereira are ruled out while Christian Stuani and Walter Gargano drop to the bench; the other four players offered a first start of the tournament are Alvaro Pereira, Maria Gimenez, Nicolas Lodeiro and Alvaro Gonzalez.

    Roy Hodgson’s England are unchanged in terms of personnel, but it is expected that Wayne Rooney will operate in a more central role this evening behind Daniel Sturridge, with Raheem Sterling on the right and Danny Welbeck on the left.

    Uruguay: Muslera, Caceres, Gimenez, Godin, A. Pereira, Gonzalez, Rios, Lodeiro, Rodriguez, Cavani, Suarez

    Subs: Lugano, Fucile, Gargano, Hernández, Forlán, Stuani, Muñoz, Pérez, Ramírez, Coates, Silva

    England: Hart, Johnson, Cahill, Jagielka, Baines, Henderson, Gerrard, Sterling, Rooney, Welbeck, Sturridge

    Subs: Wilshere, Lampard, Smalling, Foster, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jones, Milner, Lambert, Lallana, Barkley, Forster, Shaw

    Referee: Carlos Velasco Carballo (Spain)
    6/19/2014 6:08:03 PM
    With quarter of an hour to kick-off in Sao Paulo, it seems a good time to bring today’s poll regarding the best goal of the World Cup so far to a close. Almost half of you have mistakenly voted for Robin van Persie’s flying header against the Spanish instead of Tim Cahill’s thunderbastard of a volley against the Dutch, while Lionel Messi and Daniel Sturridge were left trailing in their wake.

    That said, a jammy flick off the back of Phil Jagielka's head in the 86th minute tonight will trump the lot...
    6/19/2014 6:46:43 PM
    The England staff are well prepared in case some joker turns up for the game without his boots...

    ...well it always happened to us on Hackney Marshes each Sunday morning.
    6/19/2014 6:50:22 PM
    The cameras are backstage as the English and Uruguayan players congregate in the tunnel. There's a few smiles - from Luis Suarez and Joe Hart in particular - which I'm sure is as much to do with the lack of 200 Chile fans breaking through the walls as if they were taken off the set of Crossroads.
    6/19/2014 6:55:09 PM
    The teams are out on the pitch for the national anthems, belted out by players and supporters from both sides alike. God Save The Queen even sounds as though it has been given a dramatic remix to compete with the Uruguayan's epic melody. Will the following 90 minutes of football have similar excitement?
    6/19/2014 6:59:38 PM
    KICK-OFF: We're underway in Sao Paolo! Uruguay get matters off and running in their traditional light blue shirts and dark blue shorts, England are in all white. And it's the Three Lions who make the first break of the game, but Wayne Rooney miscontrols as the ball is fired into him in the middle. Get him back out on the left.
    6/19/2014 7:02:28 PM
    4 mins: The England team may be full of Liverpool representatives, but their travelling support clearly isn't because Luis Suarez is being booed at every opportunity. The Uruguayan is use to that though, and immediately gets to work. A neat one-two into the area wins a corner which the striker takes himself, and nearly catches Joe Hart out! The England goalkeeper came off his line anticipating a deep cross, and Suarez whipped it in towards the near post that Hart had to scuttle back to claw out.

    6/19/2014 7:06:35 PM
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