World Cup 2014: Time, TV, preview for Italy-Uruguay and Tuesday’s other matches


(Reuters)

The World Cup continues on Tuesday with the group-stage finales in Groups C and D.

Group D: Costa Rica vs. England in Belo Horizonte, noon (ESPN2)

Group D: Italy vs. Uruguay in Natal, noon (ESPN)

Group C: Greece vs. Ivory Coast in Fortaleza, 4 p.m. (ESPN2)

Group C: Japan vs. Colombia in Cuiaba, 4 p.m. (ESPN)

MATCH OF THE DAY

Italy vs. Uruguay

One of these traditional powers will be going home after Tuesday’s game, thanks to surprising Costa Rica powering its way to the top of the group. Italy gets through to the knockout round with a win or a draw, while only a win will help Uruguay. Whoever advances will likely claim the second-place Group D slot in the round-of-16 bracket. The two teams are fairly familiar with each other, as Italy defeated Uruguay on penalty kicks in the third-place match of last year’s Confederations Cup. Plus, Uruguay has four players who have spent some time in Italy’s Serie A. We’ll see if Azzurri Coach Cesare Prandelli inserts Ciro Immobile — who led Serie A with 22 goals last season but has played just 17 minutes in Brazil — alongside Mario Balotelli up front.

PLAYER TO WATCH

Gervinho, Ivory Coast

The Roma striker has already scored twice in Brazil, including one of the goals of the tournament against Colombia.


More from the World Cup:

Revisit all of Monday’s action on the World Cup live blog

U.S. is forced to settled for draw after Portugal’s last-gasp goal

Netherlands, long a World Cup bridesmaid, has high expectations

Belgium gets late goal to beat Russia and advance

Algeria sets African scoring standard in outgunning S. Korea

Thousands of American soccer fans make Brazil feel like home

Isolated Amazon city of Manaus celebrates its World Cup spotlight

In Iran, loss is still cause for celebration

Scores and schedule | Group standings | Stats leaders

After spending the first 17 years of his Post career writing and editing, Matt and the printed paper had an amicable divorce in 2014. He's now blogging and editing for the Early Lead and the Post's other Web-based products.
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