World Cup 2014 live blog: Reaction to defeat for England against Italy in Manaus - Live coverage - The Independent

World Cup 2014 live blog: Reaction to defeat for England against Italy in Manaus

Welcome to The Independent's live coverage of the third day of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Marc Williams and Sam Dymond were in position to talk you through England's defeat to Italy, Costa Rica's humbling of Uruguay and Colombia's confident showing against Greece as they happened...


    What about the players who will make the difference tonight?

    In the absence of Radamel Falcao, Jackson Martinez will take on the role as star striker for Colombia. Martinez has been working hard in Portugal for the part two season with Porto, finishing the league's top-scorer two years in succession and earning plaudits from across the world.

    After Colombia were handed a relatively simple group, opinions of the country's chances rose and if they can turn their free-flowing football into goals, they could go far and Martinez could end up top of the goal scoring tables. 

    He bagged three in qualifying and has since scored a hat full of goals in friendly matches. 

    One to look out of, that's for sure!
    6/14/2014 1:41:02 PM
    And the Greeks?

    For them it is captain Georgois Karagounis! The Fulham faithful have loved having him in their ranks over the past two seasons, even if he was unable to help them avoid relegation.

    As the leading appearance maker for his country, Karagounis will provide all his experience and knowledge in abundance and the Greeks will want to give this World Cup a real good go and give a better showing of themselves than that of four years ago.

    Their captain and leader will be at the heart of anything good they do! 
    6/14/2014 1:45:00 PM
    Back to the England camp! Steven Gerrard has come out and told the world that his team will use no excuse regardless of what happens later today! 

    Gezza was in confident mood during the pre-match press conference but he will comment on the weather, pitch, opponents or anything else should England not get a good results against Italy. 

    He also promised to go on the attack, music to ears of every England fan! 


    “But it is the players’ responsibility to get the transition right on when to be bold and brave and attack and go for the jugular and when to stick together when times are tough.”

    6/14/2014 1:50:02 PM

    All smiles at the moment. We're with you mate! 

    6/14/2014 1:53:27 PM
    Fancy a nice video?? Just 8 more little hours to go before England get going in this World Cup, so take a few minutes and enjoy our latest video from the camp! 




    6/14/2014 1:57:33 PM
    England to go for the jugular in the jungle - Steven Gerrard! Like it Stevie! 
    6/14/2014 1:58:50 PM




    Up first from Gourp D
    is Uruguay v Costa Rica, England's future opponents in the coming days. 
    Luis Suarez may be rested for this game with more challenging ties coming up and Oscar Tabarez, Uruguay's boss, could turn elsewhere to give his superstar more time to recover. 

    England will have one eye on this game to see what shape their group rivals are in and Tim Rich, coming to you live from Fortaleza (the lucky so and so), talks us through tonight's game.

    Although the Liverpool striker returned to full training on Thursday, less than three weeks after a knee operation, it is unlikely he will be risked today against Costa Rica, the weakest team in Group D, but  his manager, Oscar Tabarez, is confident he will play some part against England next Thursday.

    6/14/2014 2:04:06 PM
    Colombia v Greece is now just two hours away and all the team news coming up as soon as we get it!
    6/14/2014 2:04:47 PM
    As is the case these days, whenever someone does something good, Twitter, Facebook and social media come alive! RVP's stunning header last night was made into all manner of hilarious snap shots just minutes after going in. 

    Just like Mario Balotelli's muscle flex after scoring in the Euros two years ago, Van Persie has been made into a dolphin, a WWE star and Superman in a series of top mock-ups!

    Made me chuckle, so check out our gallery of the best ones here. 

    Is it a bird? Is it a plane? 

    6/14/2014 2:10:01 PM
    Awwwww


    6/14/2014 2:26:46 PM
    Some team news for you all concerning Italy ahead of the game tonight and it's big bad Buffon!

    Prandelli, Italy's boss, has said how his number 'keeper and a sort of talisman for the national side is a doubt.

    Could be helpful for England, that but it appears to be only a slight injury. 

    He twisted his ankle very lightly," Prandelli said of the 36-year-old Juventus man. "It was a very, very light ankle twist. 



    6/14/2014 2:32:37 PM
    The sign of a true World Cup fan is watching that unglamorous game that comes at the end of a full day's top action.

    The sign of a true World Cup addict is watching said game even when it doesn't kick-off until 2am!

    Cue Ivory Coast v Japan!

    There's plenty of Premier League stars on show in this one, well at least Yaya Toure and Shinji Kagawa anyways.

    Let Miguel Delaney take you through the Group C clash!
    6/14/2014 2:36:57 PM
    Make sure you keep up-to-date with all things going on across the Independent's website!! 



    6/14/2014 2:39:09 PM


    Hello, I'm Michael Caine and welcome to the Italy job! 

    Well not quite, Michael, but for tonight Roy has come up with an equally detailed plan for England's opening Group D game and it's all about Danny Welbeck! 

    Ian Herbert tells us about Roy's plan on how to get some revenge over those Italians. 

    Hodgson, who believes that the match against Italy is “Welbeck’s game”, was dealt a huge boost yesterday afternoon when the 23-year-old shrugged off fitness doubts to train with the squad in  a gymnasium session. He had missed Wednesday’s training session with the tight hamstring which saw him limp off from England’s Rio training pitch on Tuesday. Hodgson’s desire is for the United forward to start on the left but come inside to put pressure on Daniele De Rossi – and ideally take the ball off him, stifling a key supply line for the Italians.

    6/14/2014 2:44:20 PM
    Some top work from our good friends over at Opta!


    6/14/2014 2:46:00 PM
    If Italy do not have Buffon, England will have a chance, according to history at least! Thanks again Opta. 


    6/14/2014 2:47:53 PM
    England v Italy plus Uruguay v Costa Rica and Ivory Coast v Japan to come later but for now we turn our attention to the first game of today. 

    The players from Columbia and Greece are out on the pitch and it's the South Americans who kick off the anthems. 
    6/14/2014 3:55:52 PM
    Very nice from Columbia and now Greece's turn for a good old sing-song! Plenty of colour, noise and passion in the crowds and if that translates on to the pitch we could be in for a belter. 
    6/14/2014 3:58:13 PM
    Anthems done and dusted, it's game time and it is LIIIIIVE
    6/14/2014 3:58:42 PM
    Team news: Just a quick reminder of our starting XIs…

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

    Greece: Karnezis, Torosidis, Sokratis, Manolas, Holebas, Salpingidis, Katsouranis, Maniatis, Kone, Samaras, Gekas
    6/14/2014 3:59:37 PM
    0 min: Greece get us underway here! It's 24C in Belo Horizonte and our ref is USA's Mark Geiger, let's hope we're not talking about him come the end of the game. 
    6/14/2014 4:01:51 PM
    2 min: Both team's get off to quick starts and a wonderful atmosphere in the stadium. Columbia have Gutierrez up top and they are trying to find him early on.
    6/14/2014 4:03:39 PM
    4 min: Mario Yepes, the 38-year-old, gets his first touch of the game. He has got experience in spades but has the speed of a snail, Greece will look to exploit that. First piece of real action has Samaras draws a foul from the ageing Yepes and Manistis has a strike at goal but easy for Ospina.
    6/14/2014 4:06:04 PM
    Goal!!! Columbia 1 Greece 0 Pablo Armero!!!
    6/14/2014 4:06:29 PM
    5 min: Goal and we have lift off! It's of personal delight to myself with West Ham's Armero scuffing the ball over the line. Karnezis really should have done better there but the 'keeper was out foxed by a deflection. 1-0 Columbia!
    6/14/2014 4:08:21 PM
    6 min: Chance for Greece. Well any hopes the Greeks had of parking the bus have well and truly be squashed with that early goal and Kone nearly brings them level straight from the restart. He can't quite stretch enough to Samaras' cross and the chance goes wide. 
    6/14/2014 4:09:51 PM
    8 min: Kone looks to have the bit between his teeth early on and he battles with two defenders down on the goal line. Greece win a free-kick in a good position thanks to his hard work after Torosidis is fouled. The ref marks out ten yards and brings out his hair-form but what a waste as the ball thunders into the wall. 
    6/14/2014 4:12:00 PM

    West Ham's Armero puts the Columbians in front 


    6/14/2014 4:14:00 PM
    12 min: The game just settles down a touch after that electric start from both sides. 
    6/14/2014 4:14:48 PM
    15 min: Zuniga, looking good too early on, out-muscles Samaras after a quickly taken throw in. He slots it through to Gutierrez but the striker has wondered just offside and the linesman's flag pings straight up.

    6/14/2014 4:18:10 PM
    17 min: The first real effort since the goal and it is that man, James Rodriguez. Is it just me or does he look really funny having James on the back of his shirt?? Don't get that but anyways… He cracks an effort from 25 yards and Karnezis gets everything behind it. 
    6/14/2014 4:20:05 PM

    I think Pablo is happy with that one. 


    6/14/2014 4:21:37 PM
    21 min: Both teams trading possession at the moment, no goal month action to speak of for the past few minutes. That gives me a chance to comment on how munch I like the Columbia badge, that gets my vote as to the best World Cup crest! 
    6/14/2014 4:24:18 PM
    Good stuff, this whole World Cup malarkey...


    6/14/2014 4:26:02 PM
    ohh Greece.


    6/14/2014 4:26:51 PM
    25 min: The first of Mr Geiger's cards have come out of his pocket. Sanchez gets a yellow and will have to be carefully from here on out after a nasty foul on Samaras, hair everywhere too!
    6/14/2014 4:28:16 PM
    27 min: After a long, long wait for Samaras to fix his barnet the free kick comes in and it's a half chance for Greece. Holebas plays in a peach of a cross but the ball comes off Torosidis' shoulder and flies wide. 
    6/14/2014 4:30:13 PM
    30 min: Half an hour's play has flown by in the blink of an eye! Enjoyable game this one. 
    6/14/2014 4:31:23 PM
    32 min: Samaras, the token Scot, works hard down the left hand side to get a yard of space. He takes a strike at goal but the angle is far too much for him and Ospina claims it. 
    6/14/2014 4:33:49 PM
    SECOND HALF KICK-OFF: We're underway again in Fortaleza with Costa Rica hoping to claw their way level against the Luis Suarez-less Uruguayans...
    6/14/2014 8:07:36 PM
    50 mins: The first yellow card of the game is shown to the recently-released from West Brom, Diego Lugano, following a late sliding challenge on Joel Campbell. There's a look of surprise on the defender's face, but it will be a smile when gets back to the hotel later this evening and realises that the Albion have appointed Alan Irvine as their new manager.
    6/14/2014 8:12:56 PM
    54 mins: GOAL! URUGUAY 1 COSTA RICA 1: Joel Campbell has equalised for Costa Rica with a smashing strike! The Arsenal man showed great composure to chest the ball down in the box and smash it left-footed past Fernando Muslera. But if the finish was good, let's take a moment to praise a brilliant cross from the right back Giancarlo Gamboa, who sprinted down the flank to keep in what looked a lost cause of a pass, and send in a pinpoint ball from the corner flag. Fantastic!


    6/14/2014 8:14:04 PM
    58 mins: GOAL! URUGUAY 1 COSTA RICA 2: What a turnaround!! Costa Rica lead following two goals in four minutes! Oscar Duarte went close with a header at the start of this second half, and now he has his first international goal. A free-kick midway inside the Uruguay half was floated towards the back-post and there was the Bruges centre-back, arriving ahead of Christian Stuani to steer a low stooping header past Muslera and into the far corner. There were suspicions of offside as the defender set off on his run, but the goal is just rewards for the Costa Ricans, who have been excellent since falling behind.

    6/14/2014 8:17:45 PM
    22 mins: Shades of Paul Gascoigne and Euro '96 as Danny Welbeck is unable to get on the end of Sterling's low driven delivery across the six yard box. The Manchester United forward is complaining of being blocked off, but even without the challenge of Paletta, it's unlikely he would have made it to the ball.
    6/14/2014 10:23:49 PM
    I've been trying to get across through a series of typos and cliches how well England's new-look side have approached this game in attack, but have failed. So here's a bonafide journalist, The Independent's Glenn Moore...

    Promising start from England.  Youngsters appear positive and confident, shape looks good, but there is a lot of class in this Italian side and they look unflustered under pressure at the back, which cannot entirely be said for England.

    6/14/2014 10:24:36 PM
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