Samba Sunrise: Italy crash out as Suarez bites again
Uruguay forward Luis Suarez made light of the incident with Giorgio Chiellini that landed him at the centre of another biting controversy. "These situations happen on the field," Suarez told Uruguay's Channel 10, as quoted by the Daily Telegraph.
Italy's Giorgio Chiellini, however, has called on FIFA to stand up to Luis Suarez after the Uruguayan appeared to bite him this morning. "Suarez is a sneak and he gets away with it because FIFA want their stars to play in the World Cup. I'd love to see if they have the courage to use video evidence against him."
It was perhaps indicative of England's waning ambition as both Jack Wilshere and Luke Shaw were simply happy to claim a goalless draw with Costa Rica this morning. "We created a few chances and we are just happy we didn't lose all three of our games," Wilshere told Radio5Live.
Jorge Luis Pinto has paid tribute to his Costa Rica side and insisted he never viewed their World Cup pool as the 'group of death'. Pinto was thrilled with the achievement, and believes Costa Rica have vastly improved their standing on the international stage.
Alberto Zaccheroni felt Colombia were flattered by the 4-1 win over Japan, which sealed the latter's exit from the World Cup. "Today we made a good match, the result is a liar. Today we played football," he said.
After making history as the oldest man ever to play at a World Cup, Colombia's Faryd Mondragon paid tribute to coach Jose Pekerman. The veteran goalkeeper, who turned 43 on Saturday, came on for the final five minutes of the game against Japan.
Greece hero Georgios Samaras was delighted luck was on his team's side after they reached the World Cup last-16 in thrilling fashion. Samaras won and converted a 93rd-minute penalty as Greece edged the Ivory Coast 2-1 to finish second to Colombia in Group E.
Sabri Lamouchi has resigned as coach of Ivory Coast following the country's heartbreaking exit at the World Cup in Brazil. The coach was a controversial appointment back in 2012 having had no previous managerial experience.
Former striker Thierry Henry urged France to take advantage of a genuine opportunity to win the World Cup in Brazil. France will advance to the knockout stages in Brazil with a draw against Ecuador in their final match in Group E on Wednesday, but Henry feels the squad Didier Deschamps has assembled can aim even higher than the round of 16.
Argentina head coach Alejandro Sabella wants to relieve some of the pressure on star man Lionel Messi at the World Cup. Although Sabella concedes it is understandable that much focus falls on Messi, the coach warned that the team must do their utmost to share the burden.
Thomas Muller has warned Germany not to let up as they aim to secure a safe passage to the second round of the World Cup. A draw would see both sides through to the knockout stage, with Germany as group winners, and Muller wants his team-mates to push on and seal top spot.
FIFA will not pursue action against fans who were pictured wearing black make-up during Germany's game against Ghana. Pictures emerged on social media sites of sections of fans wearing white shirts with 'Ghana' written on them while having their faces daubed in make-up during Sunday's 2-2 draw in Fortaleza.
Son Heung-min has called upon his South Korea team-mates to show their leadership qualities as they bid to progress at the World Cup. Hong Myung-bo's men are bottom of Group H, with just one point from their two matches thus far.
Switzerland coach Ottmar Hitzfeld is not blaming individuals for their 5-2 defeat against France, insisting everyone "screwed up". Despite the loss, the Swiss retain a good chance of reaching the knockout phase and must better Ecuador's result against France when they take on Honduras on Thursday morning.
Spain's David Villa has refused to rule out the chance of extending his international career despite acknowledging the prospect as unlikely. Villa is his country's record goalscorer and looks set to have capped his Spain career with a goal, having scored the opener in their final World Cup group game against Australia.
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