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World Cup Day 8: The Colombian Dance

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Uruguay survive match day two and increase their chances in qualifying to the round of 16 by adding another 2-1 defeat to England. In group C, a scoreless match between Japan & Greece gifted Colombia qualification to the round of 16 without having to worry about a three way tie after they danced their way to the sixth point against Ivory Coast.

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COLOMBIA 2-1 IVORY COAST

The only African team that was able to win in their first match was defeated by an entertaining Colombian side. After a scoreless first half, Cuadrado added a third assist to his name in two matches when his cross was sniped at James' head that scored. The second goal was scored by Quintero after an organized Colombian counter attack. Ivory Coast hard work and the addition of Drogba right after the second goal was enough for the team to take one back thanks to Gervinho's individual skills.

ENGLAND 1-2 URUGUAY

Two wounded teams delivered an outstanding performance that could have ended in the other team's favor in any other day. This day was all about returning from injury Liverpool star Luiz Suarez. The striker scored the first goal of the match 5 minutes before half time after a great assist from Cavani. The second half was all about Rooney & Co trying to make the comeback happen. Rooney scored his first World Cup goal ever in his 10th Appearance leveling the score with 15 minutes to go. Astonishing Suarez however, had no intention of leaving with one point and managed to score the winner from a counter attack. This victory marks the fifth South American victory over European teams in this tournament against one for the Europeans. England is still not expelled from the competition on paper but a draw between Italy and Costa Rica tomorrow will be enough to send them packing without delay.

JAPAN 0-0 GREECE

The wounded copy of Group D faced off in a contest for survival. All the statistics were in favor of the Japanese to win it, but they failed to do so against 10 man Greece side. The match was rich with chances on both sides and surprisingly felt like more for the 10 man team. Both teams end up with 1 point and that makes the last match day implications more complicated for joining Colombia in the round of 16

STANDINGS

Group A

Team

Played

W

D

L

For

Against

GD

Points

Brazil

2

1

1

-

3

1

+2

4

Mexico

2

1

1

-

1

0

+1

4

Croatia

2

1

-

1

4

1

+3

3

Cameron

2

-

-

2

0

5

-5

0

Group B

Team

Played

W

D

L

For

Against

GD

Points

Netherlands

2

2

-

-

8

3

+5

6

Chile

2

2

-

-

5

1

+4

6

Australia

2

-

-

2

3

6

-3

0

Spain

2

-

-

2

1

7

-6

0

Group C

Team

Played

W

D

L

For

Against

GD

Points

Colombia

2

2

-

-

5

1

+4

6

Ivory Coast

2

1

-

1

3

3

0

3

Japan

2

-

1

1

1

2

-1

1

Greece

2

-

1

1

0

3

-3

1

Group D

Team

Played

W

D

L

For

Against

GD

Points

Costa Rica

1

1

-

-

3

1

+2

3

Italy

1

1

-

-

2

1

+1

3

Uruguay

2

1

-

1

3

4

-1

3

England

2

-

-

2

2

4

-2

0

Group E

Team

Played

W

D

L

For

Against

GD

Points

France

1

1

-

-

3

0

+3

3

Switzerland

1

1

-

-

2

1

+1

3

Ecuador

1

-

-

1

1

2

-1

0

Honduras

1

-

-

1

0

3

-2

0

Group F

Team

Played

W

D

L

For

Against

GD

Points

Argentina

1

1

-

-

2

1

+1

3

Nigeria

1

-

1

-

0

0

0

1

Iran

1

-

1

-

0

0

0

1

Bosnia-Herzegovina

1

-

-

1

1

2

-1

0

Group G

Team

Played

W

D

L

For

Against

GD

Points

Germany

1

1

-

-

4

0

+4

3

USA

1

1

-

-

2

1

+1

3

Ghana

1

-

-

1

1

2

-1

0

Portugal

1

-

-

1

0

4

-4

0

Group H

Team

Played

W

D

L

For

Against

GD

Points

Belgium

1

1

-

-

2

1

+1

3

Russia

1

-

1

-

1

1

0

1

Korea Republic

1

-

1

-

1

1

0

1

Algeria

1

-

-

1

1

2

-1

0

Golden Boot

Name

Team

Goals

Mueller

Germany

3

Robben

Netherlands

3

Van Persie

Netherlands

3

Neymar

Brazil

2

Cahill

Australia

2

Mandzukic

Croatia

2

Benzema

France

2

James

Colombia

2

Suarez

Uruguay

2

Peralta

Mexico

1

Alonso

Spain

1

De Vrij

Netherlands

1

Sanchez

Chile

1

Valdivia

Chile

1

Beausejour

Chile

1

Armero

Colombia

1

Gutierrez

Colombia

1

Cavani

Uruguay

1

Campbell

Costa Rica

1

Duarte

Costa Rica

1

Urena

Costa Rica

1

Marchisio

Italy

1

Balotelli

Italy

1

Sturridge

England

1

Bony

Ivory Coast

1

Gervinho

Ivory Coast

1

Honda

Japan

1

Valencia

Ecuador

1

Mehmedi

Switzerland

1

Seferovic

Switzerland

1

Messi

Argentina

1

Ibisevic

Bosnia-Herzegovina

1

Hummels

Germany

1

Ayew

Ghana

1

Brooks

USA

1

Dempsey

USA

1

Feghouli

Algeria

1

Fellani

Belgium

1

Mertens

Belgium

1

K H Lee

Korea Republic

1

Kerzhakov

Russia

1

Jedinak

Australia

1

Memphis

Netherlands

1

Vargas

Chile

1

Aranguiz

Chile

1

Olic

Croatia

1

Perisic

Croatia

1

Quintero

Colombia

1

Rooney

England

1

Qualified Teams to the Round of 16 at the End of Day 7:

1)      Netherlands (Possible opponents: Brazil, Mexico, Croatia)

2)      Chile (Possible opponents: Brazil, Mexico, Croatia)

3)      Colombia (Possible opponents: Costa Rica, Italy, Uruguay, England)

Teams Packing:

1)      Cameron (Group A)

2)      Spain (Group B)

3)      Australia (Group B)

Day 8 Matches:

Italy vs Costa Rica

Match Implications: Uruguay victory means that this group may end up in a three teams at 6 points scenario and so neither Italy nor Costa Rica will be automatically qualified if they win the match. A tie will mean that England is officially out of the world cup.

Switzerland vs France

Match Implications: Both with three points and a win does not mean 100% qualification as three teams with 6 points scenario is possible in this group as well.

Honduras vs Ecuador:

Match Implications: Both with zero points and will look to get back into the running for the round of 16 spot.