World Cup Day 8: Your Running Commentary

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By TIM FONTENAULT

Several teams could be putting their World Cup fates in serious jeopardy without positive results on Thursday.

Before that, however, two sides in Group C will play for the chance to clinch a spot in the knockout stage. Colombia and the Ivory Coast both claimed victory in their opening match, so a win for either side will put that team into the Round of 16. For the Ivory Coast, it would be the first time, while Colombia has not been since 1990.

After disappointing losses in their first matches, England and Uruguay find themselves in a difficult position, with both likely needing to win to stay alive. Uruguay should get a boost if Luis Suarez is back in the starting lineup. The Premier League’s leading scorer was still not fully fit for the loss to Costa Rica, as he was still recovering from knee surgery.

Japan and Greece also lost their openers, so both will be gunning for victory in Thursday’s final match. Lead by Keisuke Honda, Japan nearly held off the Ivory Coast for the three points in their first match, but the inclusion of Didier Drogba inspired the African side to victory. Meanwhile, Greece got ripped apart by Colombia, never looking like they had a chance of claiming victory.

If you will be watching today’s matches, please feel free to share your thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below.

Enjoy the action (TV listings after the jump):

TODAY’S WORLD CUP SOCCER ON TV

12 p.m. – Ivory Coast vs. Colombia – ESPN

3 p.m. – Uruguay vs. England – ESPN

6 p.m. – Japan vs. Greece – ESPN

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110 Responses to World Cup Day 8: Your Running Commentary

  1. RB says:

    Seems very quiet around here…

    Too bad Howard Webb didn’t allow that trick on the corner, or we might’ve had a candidate for the highlight reel.

    • Mr_A says:

      When was it, and was it Ivory coast, or from Colombia? Want to look it up.

      • RB says:

        I really don’t recall when it was — maybe around 35th min? But definitely first half. It was Colombia that tried it, from the near corner in terms of the broadcast perspective.

    • Tony in Quakeland says:

      I thought he should have allowed it, but they never showed a replay. I think he whistled because he was caught by surprise. But I’d have to watch again to make sure.

  2. Mr_A says:

    The game’s not that good. Teams both working hard, but no master-class material, and none of the shots looked promising, except for a missed opportunity by the Colombians around the 40′ mark. I’d say the Ivorians are on the receiving end of more fouls than the Colombians, though.

  3. Mr_A says:

    Another missed highlight… 58′ missed shot by Ivorian striker

  4. RB says:

    Colombia in charge now…

  5. Nate Dollars says:

    i’ve never seen gervinho do that.

    and i guess i whine enough about embellishment/diving that i should say, gervinho could’ve gone down a couple times there (in the box, too) and didn’t. nice to see.

    • Mr_A says:

      Yeah, !golazo! … way to power through! (And, totally, the Spaniards, the Brazilians and half the teams here would have fallen down screaming, and never have gotten that far.)

      • Nate Dollars says:

        though, on a sad-but-true note, “the Spaniards, the Brazilians and half the teams here” would be right, practically speaking. if gervinho goes down, ivory coast gets a much better chance at scoring from a pk, and there’s a chance of a sending off for colombia.

        just one of those things where you applaud when someone does the sporting thing, and hope others follow suit.

  6. Nate Dollars says:

    bad kalou! bad!

  7. RB says:

    Quintero!

    Wow, this game has certainly gone from 0 to 60!

  8. Matt Bk says:

    Come on, Elephants!

  9. Nate Dollars says:

    howard webb has to be the worst top-notch ref in the world.

  10. RB says:

    Glad we saw Drogba’s shot go wide at the end or that call by Webb would look even worse than it was…

    • Mr_A says:

      But there was also a free kick just outside the box, stopped by a Colombian elbow inside the box. The Ivorians have plenty to complain about, especially that fake injury to waste time… it clearly should’ve been a yellow or even a red for the Colombian player for faking that way.

      • Nate Dollars says:

        don’t know how you’d give him a red. (although i think there was a case of a yellow for an incident in a brasilian league game.)

        ivory coast should’ve just kept playing; webb wasn’t stopping the play, from what i saw.

      • RB says:

        Yeah that free kick outside the box struck my funny but I thought maybe I’d missed something as I got distracted then.

        The time I figured would be made up for, which I think it probably was, or at least more or less.

    • Fredo says:

      Agreed.

  11. Mr_A says:

    Yeah, Quintero is a marked man now. (But that’s also why the ref gave a bit more time…)

  12. Nate Dollars says:

    yup. if the player’s really injured, blame all the guys who keep faking it.

    • chris says:

      He got up just fine. He was diving all game

      • Nate Dollars says:

        no sarcasm, i totally agree with you. i would have kept playing. if he was really injured (and what do you know? he wasn’t!), then i would just point to the other 99.9% of instances when the player’s faking.

  13. Fredo says:

    Vamos Uruguay

  14. beachbum says:

    exciting second half, great stuff back and forth earlier. Cuadrado was a threat all game and the Colombian wonder kid came off the bench to score. Ivory Coast still very much in it depending on things, pulling for them and that generation of players to get a chance in the knock out round

    now this matchup…awesome!

  15. RB says:

    Did Darke say a Spanish ref? I thought the ref couldn’t be from the federation of either team playing?

    • beachbum says:

      he’s from Spain, just looked him up. listening to the game in Portuguese right now, very Brazilian, fu

      Godin with the quick yellow

    • RB says:

      Thanks.

      Just realized that what I was thinking of course could not be the case or we wouldn’t have seen Webb in the final last time. And there probably wouldn’t be enough quality refs to go around from the more peripheral regions. My bad!

  16. beachbum says:

    Suarez awesome on that corner…saw Hart way out high and almost suck it in on him, playground stuff!

  17. RB says:

    That handball looked a lot worse on replay…

  18. JayAre says:

    What are the odds of England pulling a Spain today?

    • Increase says:

      Low, England play poorly but you rarely see a huge collapse Spain style. They defend too well.

  19. beachbum says:

    Rooney off the crossbar point blank!

  20. Matle says:

    nothing more pathetic than an England game with English commentators

  21. Increase says:

    Semi broken Suarez scores. He didn’t even really run there.. wow.

    Just put that header on target.

  22. Nate Dollars says:

    5 english defenders are no match for cavani and suarez

  23. RB says:

    That was some seriously nice work by Cavani to set that up! Very patient and then a great delivery.

  24. ManicMessiah says:

    Godín committed two fouls that on their own merit often get called yellows, but you almost never see a player get two yellow cards for two offenses. Even in normal league games someone in his position would end up with a warning before getting the second yellow, for almost any infraction worthy of it. So Godín could’ve been sent off, but in almost all cases it gets handled exactly like that.

  25. beachbum says:

    how did Rooney not finish from there! wow

  26. Tom_in_So_IL says:

    England on the ropes.
    Can’t wait to see Italy vs Costa Rica.

  27. DB says:

    If Wayne Rooney ever scores in a World Cup, I think the phrase “goalie error” will have to be involved. Guy just can’t put anything away on the biggest stage at all.

    • Increase says:

      It’s actually rather shocking isn’t it. Tim Cahill has 4 in the same number of World Cups on a “lesser” team. Really its not fair to him the Hype put upon him by England but its always amazing how few English players live up to their Premier league reputations.

      This team looks much much better than the 2010 version though.

  28. Ian says:

    Anyone notice today’s Google Doodle is Daniel Sturridge’s goal celebration? Check it out.

  29. Tom_in_So_IL says:

    C’mon Rooney. Too many fouls

  30. Nate Dollars says:

    for how much goalkeepers are protected in the air, it’s interesting how they repeatedly don’t punish players for going in studs-up on the ground.

    didn’t the same thing happen to howard in 2010?

  31. Shawn says:

    clearly concussed

  32. JayAre says:

    The English commentators keep playing down all the English fouls and talking up all the Uruguayan fouls

    • Nate Dollars says:

      ya don’t say

    • phil says:

      It’s absurd. They had to apologize when they realized the guy had a concussion. This makes Michael Kay look like a neutral.

      • slowleftarm says:

        Michael Kay isn’t that big a homer, there are certainly worse examples. Ken Harrelson for example.

        • phil says:

          you must be a yankee fan. How about John Sterling, is that a more fair example? Regardless it is ridiculous. And England is diving left and right.

          • slowleftarm says:

            Yes, I’m a Yankee fan and yes John Sterling is a far better example. I haven’t really heard Michael Kay called a homer before. I think people tend to focus on the Yankees out of envy I suppose.

            • phil says:

              or Suzyn “good god almighty, roger clemens is in george steinbrenner’s box!” Waldman.

              • slowleftarm says:

                No doubt she’s a huge homer. Your familiarity with Yankee announcers and disdain for the team means you must be a Mets fan. My condolences.

        • Tony in Quakeland says:

          I don’t mind a guy being a homer. I mean, who do you expect Darke and Macca to root for? But let’s be honest about what we see. Darke wasn’t

  33. Increase says:

    Pfff, Rooney at least look at the ball to pretend you aren’t going to foul the guy on purpose.

  34. Increase says:

    Heeeyyy, Rooney finally put one in.

  35. beachbum says:

    good for him, working his butt off out there, gets a tap in to open his World Cup account

  36. DB says:

    Hey, no goalie error there, just a great run by Johnson to set up Rooney for the equalizer.

  37. beachbum says:

    Muslera has been Ochoa-like

  38. DB says:

    England’s life on the line and Cahill just lets Suarez shoot. Wow.

    BTW, my rear end that Suarez wasn’t fit to start vs. CR.

  39. bryan says:

    lol oh england. gerrard’s flick keeps him onside.

  40. Mason says:

    Message to England’s CB’s: YOU HAD ONE JOB!

  41. beachbum says:

    what a finish, Suarez again! on the replay you can see him look up just before his perfect first touch then bam. awesome

  42. Ian says:

    Suarez is Uruguay the same way CR7 is Portugal. Without their respective dangermen, each team is fairly impotent.

  43. RB says:

    it would appear that Suarez’ knee surgery was a success…

  44. JayAre says:

    Home Sweet Home England!!!! Freaking bums!!!
    Go Italy Go Costa Rica

    • beachbum says:

      that game should be a blast tomorrow. Both teams very organized defensively and smart in attack with numbers when opportunities present themselves but don’t open themselves up. whoever scores first might force the other team to play how they don’t prefer if it’s early enough. England and Spain toast

      • Paul Terry says:

        Italy easily.

        • beachbum says:

          of course I agree…but have to play the game still. Costa Rica can give teams fits with that 5 man back line and compact midfield, ask Uruguay or the US for that matter. if they can stay in the game for a while who knows? but all know Italy is the favorite

        • JayAre says:

          Joel Campbell might actually run over the those fragile Italians

  45. slowleftarm says:

    Suarez does some foolish things from time to time but man is he good.

  46. Paul Terry says:

    England is the worst team to win the World Cup; most overrated team in this tournament.

  47. Paul Terry says:

    England is the worst team ever to win the World Cup; most overrated team in this tournament, besides Spain as we came to find out.

  48. JayAre says:

    Luis Suarez is personifies whats wrong with the premier league and English player development.

    • Increase says:

      English players just seem to lack that last bit of intelligence in the box. That and quality goal keepers. England looked quite good today but their crosses were poor and quite Frankly Urguay is kinda lucky a penalty didn’t happen.(There were a couple possible ones but nothing glaring.)

      I honestly cant explain why England lost today outside of the Fact that Suarez is amazing.

      On player development the one thing you can say England lack is they seem to be universally too direct. They don’t have guys like Ozil who want to assist. Even Suarez will set other people up.

    • slowleftarm says:

      How so?

  49. jefpal says:

    They say England is all but eliminated. But am I wrong that all they need is for Italy to beat Costa Rica and Uruguay then they win against Costa Rica? One of the Costa Rica losses would have to be by 2 goals. Not a great scenario, but very possible. That said, go Costa Rica!

    • Paul Terry says:

      Easier said than done. They control only one third of their chances, and not even that is guaranteed based on how bad this team is.

    • beachbum says:

      thanks for this. I had them already eliminated…wrong

    • Luke says:

      I wouldn’t bank on Italy doing England any favors against Uruguay, especially if they win against Costa Rica and would only need a draw to be the #1 qualifier.

    • Mr_A says:

      If Italy wins against Costa Rica, they will have every incentive to play a very boring game against Uruguay, and they wouldn’t care much if they lost. Who knows? They might even be happier to play Colombia than to play Ivory Coast. But totally correct: England could still advance, if other results help them, and they help themselves against CR. We’ll know more tomorrow after CR-Italy.

  50. Tony in Quakeland says:

    I don’t root for England. And it they are not going to play any of the Young Gunners, I see no reason to change my mind…

  51. Mr_A says:

    Japan 3-1 Greece. Who’s on board?

  52. beachbum says:

    the pregame coverage from espn online has been a nice upgrade to the home experience in between games imo. can get it in hd via espn app on xbox too. different language options calling the games too, the tactical cam…it’s all great, give us even more! Univision has competition for my viewing

  53. Mr_A says:

    Wow! My big fat Greek foul. Good sell on a wwweeaak foul. Somebody should sell that ref a bridge somewhere…

  54. bryan says:

    welcome to MLS Kaka!!!!

  55. The Garrincha says:

    OK, this is going to be a snooze bar special.
    The Greeks already packed it in, asleep back by the bus
    and the Japanese work best by putting their opponents to sleep.
    So what gives?.

  56. The Garrincha says:

    If that red card been against the Japanese it would have been more sporting.
    Now the Greeks, will just pack it in like Trojan horse.