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World Cup live blog: June 19

June 19, 2014

Games kick off at noon with Colombia vs. Ivory Coast, followed by England vs. Uruguay at 3 p.m. and Japan vs. Greece at 6 p.m.

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Greece's Giorgos Karagounis, right, struggles with Japan's Shinji Kagawa to get to the ball. (Petr David Josek/AP)

Greece’s Giorgos Karagounis, right, struggles with Japan’s Shinji Kagawa to get to the ball. (Petr David Josek/AP)

This 0-0 draw is fine for Greece, who now still have a fighting chance to make the final 16, but for Japan, their path just got a lot harder as they still face Colombia, the toughest team in their group. Speaking of, this draw guarantees that Colombia now goes through. I wonder if they’re dancing right now…

Probably.

Get the match’s complete stats and read the full recap.

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Vasileios Torosidis unfortunate moves landed Japan a free kick at minute 89. But… Japan missed. Which seems to be the theme of the night. They’ve had tons of chances, but have yet to connect.

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(ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images)

(ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Paying attention to Twitter tonight? If so, then you’ve probably seen quite a few tweets (many of them not fit for this particular publication) fawning over Greece’s Gkergki Kone. Well, sorry to say, his good-looking mug is now on the bench. He was substituted out for Dimitrios Salpingidis at minute 81. Don’t worry, though. He’ll be back for the next match against Ivory Coast on Tuesday.

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(ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images)

(ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Paying attention to Twitter tonight? If so, then you’ve probably seen quite a few tweets (many of them not fit for this particular publication) fawning over Greece’s Gkergki Kone. Well, sorry to say, his good-looking mug is now on the bench. He was substituted out for Dimitrios Salpingidis at minute 81.

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Even if you don’t like soccer, you’ve got to love Colombia’s post-goal dance parties. Style reporter Sarah Kaufman sure does, so she wrote an article on the South American nation’s hip-shaking ways:

“We knew soccer players had some of the fastest feet in sports. But the fastest hips? Oh yes. Look no further than the pair owned by Colombian left back Pablo Armero, whose furious hip-shake has brought a little Beyonce into the World Cup.”

Read the full story here.

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Japan just had two that should’ve both been goals if not for silly errors. This is getting old already! With 20 minutes left, one of these teams better make something real happen.

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(Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

(Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

Digging the human flag face paint jobs on these two.

(FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)

(FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)

He was ready for his close-up.

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This move put the Greeks down a man.

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Shinji Kagawa (Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Shinji Kagawa (Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Shinji Kagawa, who plays for Manchester United, gets a huge crowd pop when he enters.

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The Greeks know they must defend hard, which might be what’s making them a little sloppy. This was avoidable.

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At the start of the second half, Japan made its first substitution. This is a safe bet considering Hasebe already was booked with a yellow card.

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(Dom Phillips/The Washington Post)

(Dom Phillips/The Washington Post)

Dom Phillips of The Post is at the Japan-Greece match in Natal, where Japanese fans have taken to waving blue garbage bags. Asked why, one replied: “Is garbage bag.”

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(Vassil Donev/EPA)

(Vassil Donev/EPA)

Greece is one man down after a red card foul, as well as a substitution short. Due to injury, they already had to exchange one player for another. Japan, meanwhile, will play at full strength and has three substitutions left to use during the second half.

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OUCH. Here’s to a quick recovery.

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He made an arguably reckless tackle that resulted in his second yellow card of the match. Two yellows gets a player booked with a red, which means Katsouranis is out for the rest of the game and no one can come on to replace him. The Greeks are down to 10 men against Japan’s 11.

Here’s how it happened.

Katsouranis is the first Greek player to ever get a red card in a World Cup match.

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Japan's Yasuyuki Konno fights for the ball with Konstantinos Mitroglou. (Toru Hanai/Reuters)

Japan’s Yasuyuki Konno fights for the ball with Konstantinos Mitroglou. (Toru Hanai/Reuters)

The kidney punch proved to be a game ender… We hope he’s OK. In the meantime, Theofanis Gekas took Mitroglou’s place on the pitch.

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The Greek player was accidentally elbowed in the kidney. There was no card given out.

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(Felipe Trueba/EPA)

(Felipe Trueba/EPA)


The Greek player came in with a really late attack and nipped the ankle of his opponent.

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(ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images)

(ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Papastathopoulos! This Greek player with the 16-letter last name is giving the announcers a break, however, and going by his much more familiar first name, Sokratis.

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