Group D

  • World Cup 2014: Rodriguez scores brace to knock out Suarez-less Uruguay June 29, 2014

    Rio de Janeiro: James Rodriguez scored one of the best goals of the tournament and then added a second to put Colombia into the World Cup quarter-finals for the first time with a 2-0 win over Uruguay on Saturday. Rodriguez gave his team the lead with a stunning long-range volley on...
  • World Cup 2014: Suarez treated like a 'dog', says upset granny June 27, 2014

    Montevideo: Uruguay striker Luis Suarez has been unfairly victimised in his "barbaric" expulsion from the World Cup for biting, his disconsolate grandmother said on Thursday. "Everyone knows what they've done to Luis. They wanted him out of the World Cup. Perfect, they did it. They chucked him out of there like...
  • World Cup 2014: FIFA statement on Luis Suarez June 26, 2014

    Media release on Luis Suarez issued by soccer's world governing body FIFA on Thursday. Luis Suarez suspended for nine matches and banned for four months from any football-related activity. The FIFA Disciplinary Committee has reached a decision in the case related to Luis Suarez of Uruguay following an incident that occurred during...
  • Suarez banned for four months for biting incident June 26, 2014

    Suarez bit the shoulder of Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini during Uruguay's 1-0 win in the group stage, but escaped unpunished as the referee did not see the incident. ...
  • World Cup 2014: FIFA bans Uruguay's Suarez for four months for biting opponent June 26, 2014

    Rio De Janeiro: FIFA banned Uruguay striker Luis Suarez from all football activities for four months on Thursday for biting an opponent at the World Cup, a punishment that rules him out of the rest of the tournament and the start of the upcoming Premier League season. The ban also covers...
  • World Cup 2014: We made a bad impression, says Buffon June 26, 2014

    Milan: Italy captain Gianluigi Buffon admitted the Azzurri "made a bad impression" at the World Cup as the players returned home. Buffon and a number of other players as well as resigned coach Cesare Prandelli and other staff landed at Milan's Malpensa airport following Italy's group stage exit from the World...
  • World Cup 2014: I will remain available for Italy, says Pirlo June 26, 2014

    Milan: Italy's midfield maestro Andrea Pirlo says he may go back on his decision to retire from international football. The 35-year-old Pirlo, who plays for Juventus, said before the World Cup that he would quit international football after the tournament in Brazil. However, on the airplane back to Italy following a disappointing...
  • World Cup 2014: Uruguay defend Luis Suarez as FIFA scrambles June 26, 2014

    As the world was judging Uruguay's Luis Suarez for biting a player in the World Cup, his teammates, coaches and fans in his soccer-crazy country defended the star, blaming the foreign media, his Italian opponents and uneven treatment. World Cup organisers scrambled on Wednesday to quickly decide on a punishment before...
  • World Cup 2014: FIFA opens disciplinary proceedings against Suarez June 25, 2014

    Rio de Janeiro: FIFA have opened disciplinary proceedings against Uruguay forward Luis Suarez after Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini accused him of biting during the South Americans' 1-0 Group D victory at the World Cup on Tuesday. The probe means Suarez, twice previously banned for biting, may be hit with another lengthy...
  • The Beautiful Game: Uruguay knock Italy out to enter last 16 June 25, 2014

    Captain Diego Godin scored in the 81st minute as Uruguay edged 10-man Italy 1-0 on Tuesday to reach the second round of the World Cup. ...
  • World Cup 2014: Luis Suarez bites again, could be in trouble June 25, 2014

    Natal: Uruguay striker Luis Suarez could once again be in trouble after appearing to bite an Italian opponent on Tuesday in a key World Cup qualifying game. The incident, shown on television replays, showed Suarez apparently bite the shoulder of Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini as the pair clashed in the Italian...
  • World Cup 2014: Uruguay eliminate Italy, progress to last 16 with 1-0 win June 24, 2014

    Natal: Captain Diego Godin scored in the 81st minute as Uruguay edged 10-man Italy 1-0 on Tuesday to reach the second round of the World Cup, although the victory was overshadowed by a biting incident involving the South American side's star forward Luis Suarez. Four-time champions Italy, meanwhile, are heading home...
  • World Cup 2014: Costa Rica top Group D after 0-0 draw with England June 25, 2014

    Belo Horizonte: Costa Rica finished first in what many considered the World Cup's toughest group after a dour 0-0 draw against a second-string England side on Tuesday. Costa Rica only needed a draw to top Group D and played that way, setting up in a defensive 5-3-2 formation. The result gives...
  • As it happened: Italy vs Uruguay and Costa Rica vs England, World Cup 2014 June 24, 2014

    Catch all the Live action from both the Group D matches as Italy look to shackle Suarez in Uruguay showdown whereas England seek atonement against Costa Rica. (Scroll down for the Live Blog) Italy must find a way to shut down Uruguay striker Luis Suarez when the teams clash at the...
  • The Beautiful Game: Italy need a draw against Uruguay to qualify June 24, 2014

    Italy must find a way to shut down Uruguay striker Luis Suarez when the teams clash at the Dunas arena on Tuesday which will decide who goes through to the last 16. ...
  • World Cup 2014: What to watch on Day 13 June 24, 2014

    It's Day Two of the in-or-out matches of the World Cup, with five teams competing for two places in the knockout stages. Group D winds up in the two early fixtures, with Group C following later. Each pair of games is played simultaneously. The highlight of the early matches is Italy's game...
  • World Cup 2014: Uruguay football chief seeks to retain coach Tabarez June 24, 2014

    Montevideo: Uruguayan Football Association (AUF) president Wilmar Valdez said he favoured extending the national team's coach Oscar Tabarez's contract post the FIFA World Cup. "I am speaking on my own behalf. If it were up to me, the process should continue as it has until now," Valdez said on Monday, reports...
  • World Cup 2014: Frank Lampard undecided on England retirement June 24, 2014

    Rio de Janeiro: Frank Lampard echoed England colleague Steven Gerrard on Monday by saying that he has yet to reach a decision about whether to prolong his international career beyond the World Cup. England manager Roy Hodgson has revealed that Lampard, 36, will captain the side in their final game against...
  • World Cup 2014: Costa Rica coach calls for doping system changes June 23, 2014

    Upset after seven of his players were subjected to anti-doping testing after a win over Italy, Costa Rica coach Jorge Luis Pinto called on FIFA to devise a more uniform system that won't generate suspicion. FIFA normally tests two players at random for post-match testing and Costa Rica's football federation was...
  • World Cup 2014: Luis Suarez says knee perfect before Italy match June 23, 2014

    Uruguay striker Luis Suarez says his surgically repaired left knee feels "perfect" the day before facing Italy in a match that Uruguay must win to advance beyond the group stage at the World Cup The Liverpool player had surgery before the tournament and was sidelined for Uruguay's opening loss to Costa...
  • World Cup 2014: England seek atonement against Costa Rica June 24, 2014

    Rio de Janeiro: England return to Belo Horizonte on Tuesday, scene of the country's greatest sporting humiliation, where they will attempt to restore pride against Costa Rica after another chastening World Cup experience. Belo Horizonte's Estadio Independencia provided the setting for England's sensational 1-0 loss to the part-timers of the United...
  • World Cup 2014: Italy look to shackle Suarez in Uruguay showdown June 24, 2014

    Italy must find a way to shut down Uruguay striker Luis Suarez when the teams clash at the Dunas arena on Tuesday in a World Cup showdown which will decide who goes through to the last 16. Uruguay, semi-finalists four years ago, will arrive in Natal on an almighty high after...
  • World Cup 2014: 'Do or die' matches are nothing new for Italy captain Buffon June 22, 2014

    Natal: It will be nothing new for Italy captain Gianluigi Buffon when the Azzurri face Uruguay on Tuesday with a spot in the second round of the World Cup on the line. Italy will advance with a win or a draw in the Group D match. Buffon says "this is the 10th...
  • World Cup 2014: Drug tests for Costa Rica players routine, says FIFA June 22, 2014

    Rio de Janeiro: World football's governing body, FIFA said that the drug tests conducted for seven Costa Rican players after their 1-0 win over Italy was a "routine procedure". Costa Rica stunned Azzurri on Friday and qualified to the second round from the Group D. Only two players from Italy were...
  • World Cup 2014: Diego Maradona slams FIFA over Costa Rica doping scrutiny June 22, 2014

    Football legend Diego Maradona hit out at FIFA after claiming seven of Costa Rica's players were subjected to post-match doping controls over fears sponsors would not pay up if bigger teams like Italy failed to get out of the group stage at the World Cup finals. Costa Rica, who stunned south...
  • World Cup 2014: England need to get a little bit more nasty, says Wayne Rooney June 22, 2014

    English soccer is "too honest" for its own good at times and might do better in future if it plays with a more "streetwise, nasty" attitude that other teams employ, according to striker Wayne Rooney. England have already been eliminated from the tournament, their earliest exit in 56 years, having lost...
  • World Cup 2014: Italy's De Rossi 'highly unlikely' to face Uruguay June 22, 2014

    Italy's Daniele De Rossi has a leg injury and is highly unlikely to play in the World Cup Group D showdown against Uruguay on Tuesday, the Azzurri's team doctor said on Saturday. The 30-year-old midfielder played the full 90 minutes in both of Italy's games in the tournament, a 2-1...
  • World Cup 2014: Costa Rica fume as FIFA tests 7 of their players for drugs June 22, 2014

    The World Cup's biggest controversy is here with world football up in arms after seven Costa Rican players were called for dope tests by FIFA after their 1-0 win over Italy which secured qualification to the 2nd round. As per FIFA norms, it is customary for two players from a team...
  • World Cup 2014: Uruguay's physio postponed his cancer treatment to get Suarez fit again June 21, 2014

    The most important figure in Uruguay's victory against England on Thursday didn't score any goals or provide any assists. His name is Walter Ferreira. He's the 62-year-old physiotherapist for the Uruguayan national team and he has spent the last month working on Luis Suarez's left knee. In Uruguay, they call him...
  • World Cup 2014: Roy Hodgson to stay England manager till 2016 June 21, 2014

    Roy Hodgson will remain England coach till 2016 despite their elimination from the FIFA World Cup. Football Association (FA) chairman Greg Dyke said that Hodgson will keep his post till the 2016 European Championship in France. He added that the FA is behind Hodgson, who will start preparing for Euro 2016...