Click the link for a quick recap of what happened Tuesday. And watch the video above for the most notorious act of the day.
Two games at noon, Italy vs. Uruguay and Costa Rica vs. England, followed by two at 4, Japan vs. Colombia and Greece vs. Ivory Coast.
Wow. Just wow. The Ivory Coast was one minute away from getting to the Top 16 when Sio was fouled on Greece, which earned the Europeans a penalty kick. They converted.
Colombia, which had already clinched a spot in the knockout round, eliminated Japan from the World Cup with a 4-1 victory.
Here are the match stats:
It was a valiant effort on the part of the Ivory Coast’s goalkeeper, but Samaras’s kick was just too quick to stop.
This is nuts!
With the team up 3-1 against Japan, Colombia has sent in its 43-year-old backup goalie, Faryd Mondragon, who becomes the oldest player to play in the World Cup.
This is the Ivory Coast’s last substitution. Greece has also used all of theirs. There is less than 10 minutes to go. As the game stands now, the Ivory Coast would advance and Greece would not.
Jackson Martinez scores again for Colombia, now up 3-1 against Japan.
Japan, down 3-1 with just over 10 minutes left in the match, will be eliminated from the World Cup if it draws or loses to Colombia.
Group C standings
Colombia 2-0-0, 6 points (plus-4 goal differential)
Ivory Coast 1-1-0, 3 points (0 goal differential)
Japan 0-1-1, 1 point (minus-1 goal differential)
Greece 0-1-1, 1 point (minus-3 goal differential)
The Ivorian superstar was replaced by Ismael Diomande. By trading a striker for a midfielder, it looks like they’re going to concentrate on holding Greece back, rather than going for another goal.
Greece will need to pull ahead once more to have a chance of advancing. This is their last substitution.
Wilfried Bony popped one by Greece’s substitute goalkeeper with an assist by the fancy footwork of Gervinho. If they can keep the 1-1 draw, the Ivorians will likely advance.
The Ivorian defense is flailing in the face of Greece’s offense, which has been surprisingly strong considering one of its most dominant forces, Kone, has been put out by an injury.
Japan’s Shinji Okazaki took a shot to the nose from Colombia’s Eder Alvarez Balanta, who was not called for a foul.
The Ivorian had to sprint down the field to stop a breakaway Greek opportunity. It got a bit reckless. The resulting Greek free kick did not land in the net. The score remains 1-0, with Greece up.
Ismael Tiote exits and Wilfried Bon enters.
Jackson Martinez scores to put Colombia back in the lead. Surprisingly there was no dance celebration.
Who needs Kone or your first-string goalkeeper when you have substitute like Samaris? The 25-year-old capitalized to put one past Ivorian goalkeeper Boubacar Barry, who erred by ducking a little too low for the block.
Sheer adrenaline might be able to keep the team going, but with just one substitution left they might slow down due to tired legs.
The Ivory Coast, on the other hand, has three fresh substitutions left to use. Although with Didier Drogba already playing, it’s unclear who their star sub will be.
Here are the stats so far.
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Japan dominated time of possession and number of shots and scored the equalizer shortly before the half ended to tie the match at 1.