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Italy 0-1 Uruguay - Suarez appears to bite Chiellini

Italy 0-1 Uruguay - Suarez appears to bite Chiellini

  • Italy 0-1 Uruguay

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    Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez plays down the Luis Suarez incident and gets angry with the media when pressed on the issue.

    "I'd like to see the images first before making any comment," he says. "If it happened, then the referee probably didn't see it.

    "Despite mistakes (Suarez has made, he is the target of certain media, a certain press. It seems to me there's a certain animosity towards him."

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    Text us on 81111

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    Paul Cameron on text: Utterly bizarre incident with Suarez yet again. Disgraceful conduct warrants a very lengthy ban.

  • Richard Conway

    BBC Sport

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    "Fifa do have the right to impose all football activity bans and that would include club level. They do have that option open to them but normally it would only apply to international football."

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    Umar Bashir: And with that bite, there goes Liverpool's title hopes for another year. Has to be banned for a year at least.

    Steve Howes: Looks like Liverpool won't be able to rely on Suarez's goals next season. Daniel Sturridge is the only winner.

  • Former England winger Chris Waddle

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Italy 0-1 Uruguay

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    "Is Luis Suarez a role model for kids? There's no doubt he's a wonderful footballer, but he is a liability."

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    BBC News sports correspondent Natalie Pirks on Twitter: Both Frank Lampard and Jack Wilshere say they haven't seen the Luis Suarez incident but that he's a great talent and it would be shame for World Cup.

  • Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer

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    "The Italy v Uruguay game was on television in Belo Horizonte's press box and there were murmurs and then general astonishment as the incident was replayed - providing a distraction from England's team game against Costa Rica.

    "It is still dominating the topics of conversation here as the curtain was drawn on this game here almost the moment it finished. England manager Roy Hodgson might be glad it has diverted attention away from this winless World Cup."

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    Geraint Blackwell: Just seen the Luis Suarez incident. Inexcusable and indefensible.

    MrMikeYoung2012: Do you want your kids to aspire to be Luis Suarez and look up to him as a role model?

  • Former England midfielder Danny Murphy

    MOTD analyst

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    "It is not like Suarez has had anything done to him that bad. A tiny trigger, same as when he bit Ivanovic, a little thing sets him off. We can't think of words to describe how bad his behaviour is.

    "I think there is something not quite right in him, some trigger than he can't control. I think in the celebrations he looked sheepish, as if he realised what he had done."

    You can watch Match of the Day by clicking on the Live Coverage tab at the top of the page.

  • Italy 0-1 Uruguay

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    Diego Suarez, who tweets using the handle @suarez is getting a lot of abuse following the controversial Luis Suarez's incident with Italy's Giorgio Chiellini.

    Buenos Aires-based Suarez tweets: "I am not Luis Suarez. There are many Suarez in the world, I am not Luis Suarez. Please."

    Poor bloke.

  • Manager reaction

    Italy 0-1 Uruguay

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    Italy manager Cesare Prandelli: "I didn't see the images of Suarez but I did see the bite marks in Chiellini's shoulder.

    "It is a shame a real shame but when these defeats are determined by wrongful choices, everything becomes complicated and it is hard to comment."

  • Former Wales international Robbie Savage on Luis Suarez

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    "Suarez should never play international football again, it's a disgrace. You initially thought he had head-butted him, but then you see him going to his shoulder."

  • Former England striker Alan Shearer on Luis Suarez

    Italy 0-1 Uruguay

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    "Staggering. I could not believe it. The pictures are pretty damning and if found guilty they should hammer him. He has built up his reputation over the last 12 months and to come into the tournament and do that, I am lost for words.

    "Found guilty at Ajax, found guilty at Liverpool and if found guilty here, he should be hammered.

    "I can understand why the referee did not see it clearly but they can look at video evidence. There is no way he can get away with that, it is pretty clear. What on earth is he thinking of?"

  • Player reaction

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    Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini speaking to Gazzetta: "The disparity in judgement has been evident.

    "Claudio Marchisio's sending off was ridiculous but more so the fact that Luis Suarez wasn't sent off. There's the will to protect champions but the referee should have shown him a red card.

    "There's a clear simulation after, a clear sign that he had done something that he wasn't supposed to.

    "The gesture is clear. Referees document themselves on players and Suarez has a very clear history. The referee has given a clear address, he hasn't spoken throughout the game.

    "We are not happy with how things have gone but we were the only ones to deserve to progress to the next round."

  • Italy 0-1 Uruguay

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    It is three hours since Italy and Uruguay kicked-off in a do-or-die game in Natal.

    Italy lost 1-0, a result that marked their exit from the World Cup while manager Cesare Prandelli says he is going to resign.

    But the big news is an incident which happened towards the end of the match when Giorgio Chiellini claims he was bitten by Luis Suarez.

    We're carrying on with all the after-match reaction from the game.

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    BREAKING NEWS

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    Italy manager Cesare Prandelli says he is resigning.

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    Luis Suarez, in quotes carried by the Spanish newspaper El Pais: "Uruguay is celebrating, we have qualified and now we are going to celebrate this moment because next we have to start thinking about our next opponents.

    "The truth is that the team worked incredibly hard and we deserve it. After making a bad start to the group against Costa Rica, the best we deserved was this and we showed that we deserve to stay in this World Cup.

    "The heat was incredible and we were worn out."

    There is no mention of the 'bite'...

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    Alex Smith: Luis Suarez should be banned and sacked by football, he is single-handedly destroying the game we love.

  • Luis Suarez controversies

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    November 2010: Given a seven-match ban for biting PSV Eindhoven's Otman Bakkal on the shoulder while playing for Ajax.

  • Richard Conway

    BBC Sport

    Italy 0-1 Uruguay

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    "There are moments at every World Cup that are thrilling and moments that are shocking. Luis Suarez has provided both in Brazil so far."

  • Ben Smith

    BBC Sport in Natal

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    "Uruguay manager Oscar Tabarez says he will see how he can defend Suarez. 'This is a football World Cup, not about morality'."

  • Conor McNamara

    BBC commentator in Natal

    Italy 0-1 Uruguay

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    "Group of Uruguay journalists laughing and making pretend bite gestures here in the stadium. He may be a villain, but he's 'their' villain."

  • Richard Conway

    BBC Sport

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    "Awaiting clarification from Fifa on the Luis Suarez situation.

    "In theory players must adhere to the World Cup regulations which state: 'Disciplinary incidents are dealt with in compliance with the Fifa Disciplinary Code in force and all relevant circulars and directives, with which the participating member associations undertake to comply...3. In addition, the players agree in particular to: a) respect the spirit of fair play, non-violence and the authority of the match officials; b) behave accordingly.

    "So it would appear that Suarez has perhaps breached that code. But Fifa's disciplinary committee is independent and it may take a formal complaint to be made in order for them to look at this. Defined rules on retrospective action, as Fifa give to England under their discretion, aren't clear as it stands."

  • Steve Bower

    BBC Match of the Day commentator in Natal

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    "Just finished commentating on the Italy v Uruguay game with Kevin Kilbane. We still can't believe what Suarez was up to or why."

  • Former England winger Chris Waddle

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Italy 0-1 Uruguay

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    "Luis Suarez has to be severely punished. You can't defend it, let's see how strong Fifa are. There are people who will defend him but I don't know how. They have it on camera and they can't defend it."

  • Ben Smith at Estadio das Dunas, BBC Sport

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    "Uruguay manager Oscar Tabarez says he has not seen the Suarez bite. He also claims I have an agenda against the player. I should add that one Uruguayan journalist, in a room of 100, applauded Tabarez for his response on Suarez."

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    Tom, Manchester: Fifa must ban Luis Suarez for a long time. He's done it once already, clearly doesn't learn. Ridiculous actions.

    Roger, London: Luis Suarez 'bite' could be good news for Liverpool - could be enough to put off Barca/Real from trying to sign him.

    Alan, Devon: Luis Suarez is an absolutely class player, brimming with quality and technique. But as a human being, he is pretty hard to love.

  • Conor McNamara

    BBC commentator in Natal

    Italy 0-1 Uruguay

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    "I've just seen the best close-up angle yet here in the stadium. It really does look like he has bitten him. Suarez nurses his teeth afterwards."

  • Former England defender Danny Mills

    BBC Radio 5 live

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    "These are exceptional circumstances, it is the third time he has bitten someone. It is ridiculous.

    "I think Liverpool will be panicking, they have a player worth maybe £60m and could be banned for the whole season.

    "Three strikes you have to be out. Biting someone at a tournament of this prestige, they have to throw the book at him and lock him up forever."

  • Italy 0-1 Uruguay

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    Just back from work? Missed all the drama?

    Let me remind you of what has happened.

    Italy are out of the World Cup but Luis Suarez is in hot water after an incident involving Giorgio Chiellini. The Italy defender claims he was bitten by the Liverpool striker.

    See for yourself by clicking on the 'Highlights' tab above and watch.

  • Italy 'bite' reaction

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    "It was ridiculous not to send Suarez off," Giorgio Chiellini told Rai TV.

    "It is clear, clear-cut and then there was the obvious dive afterwards because he knew very well that he did something that he shouldn't have done."

  • Luis Suarez controversies

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    July 2010 - Handles on the line to deny Ghana a winner in the last minute of extra-time in the World Cup quarter-finals. Asamoah Gyan misses the resulting penalty and Uruguay win the shoot-out to reach the semi-finals.

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    Luis Suarez's controversial incident with Italy's Giorgio Chiellini has sparked a huge Twitter reaction.

    Former Liverpool striker Michael Owen: Tell me I'm seeing things. Surely Suarez didn't bite someone again? I'm genuinely gutted. I love watching him play more than any other player but he obviously can't control himself.

    Ex-Manchester United defender Mikael Silvestre: One of Suarez's teeth got stuck into Chiellini's shoulder!

    Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick: Surely that wasn't a bite? It can't have been, could it?

  • Kevin Kilbane

    Former Republic of Ireland midfielder

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    "The Luis Suarez biting incident is incredible. I can't see him playing any more at the 2014 World Cup."

  • Conor McNamara

    BBC commentator in Natal

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    "No matter what TV screen you look at on this planet over the next 24 hours, you'll be seeing replays of Luis Suarez's mouth and Giorgio Chiellini's shoulder.

    "Four years ago I was in South Africa when Suarez's deliberate handball saw Uruguay progress. There's a massive feeling of deja vu here in Natal."

  • Former England captain Rio Ferdinand

    Italy 0-1 Uruguay

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    "Tell me Suarez didn't eat someone. He was the hero a couple a days ago."

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    Nick Varney: Luis Suarez never learns. World class but has to be facing a 20-odd match ban now.

    Dazzler: If Suarez was banned for 10 games in the Premier League, surely he should miss the rest of the World Cup and then some?

    Anthony Amodeo: Wanted to keep Suarez at Anfield. But for him to do that at the World Cup? Put him in the shop window, sell to the first buyer.

  • Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Italy 0-1 Uruguay

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    "Luis Suarez was kicked, he was chased, he was pulled and he hadn't reacted. But he reacted at the end and he is not allowed to do that. If that is a bite then he is going to be a out for a long time. Even if it was just a head butt, he is going to be suspended for the next game."

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    Jerry Elumeze: Italy deserve to lose for their negative football, and Luis Suarez deserves a life ban from football.

    Niklas Lanwehr: Refereeing at this World Cup has gone from bad to worse. The Claudio Marchisio red card was very harsh, Luis Suarez should be off, Uruguay lucky to advance.

  • Italy 0-1 Uruguay

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    This has been a World Cup to savour. It's been raining goals and the tournament has been lit up by a catalogue of magic moments.

    But this was an ugly game. In addition to the Luis Suarez incident, there were free-kicks from the first minute to the last.

  • Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Italy 0-1 Uruguay

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    "Apart from anything else, what Luis Suarez did is a sending off anyway, whether it was a bite or not. It was off the ball and the officials didn't see it."

    Listen to the reaction by clicking on the Live Coverage tab at the top of the page.

  • Former England defender Danny Mills

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Italy 0-1 Uruguay

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    "Luis Suarez, that is outrageous. That has to be a ban across all levels of football if he has bitten him. It is absolutely disgraceful."

  • Italy 0-1 Uruguay

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    Italy striker Mario Balotelli has his head in his hands.

    Meanwhile, Luis Suarez walks over to where thousands of Uruguay fans are gathered to celebrate.

    We'll be hearing a lot more about the Liverpool player after Italy's Giorgio Chiellini claimed he was bitten by Uruguay's No 9.

  • Italy 0-1 Uruguay

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    Scenes of jubilation among Luis Suarez and his team-mates on the pitch in Natal. Italy's players are crest-fallen.

  • FULL-TIME

    Italy 0-1 Uruguay

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    It's all over. Italy, four-time world champions, are out of the World Cup. But all the talk will be about Luis Suarez.

  • Italy 0-1 Uruguay

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    Desperation levels for Italy.

    Another attack breaks down. Uruguay are moments away from the last 16.

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    Martyn Jones: Why does Suarez do things like that? He could be one of the world's greatest but does unbelievably stupid things.

    Bahman Nooraei B: Uruguay, Italy and England all deserve to go out. Abysmal.

  • Italy 0-1 Uruguay

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    Italy boss Cesare Prandelli smiles ironically as time runs out for his side.

    Meanwhile, hundreds of Uruguay fans have taken their shirts off and are spinning them around their heads.

  • Italy 0-1 Uruguay

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    Five minutes of stoppage time. Time for an Italian hero to step forward. . .

  • Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Italy 0-1 Uruguay

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    "Luis Suarez has had rough house tactics on him all match. He has had a real hard afternoon, he has tried to hold it and hold it but you just can't let that happen."

    You can listen to the final stages by clicking on the Live Coverage tab at the top of the page.

  • Italy 0-1 Uruguay

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    Four-time world champions Italy have two minutes to find a goal or they are going out of the World Cup in hugely controversial circumstances.

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    Jerry Elumeze: Suarez bringing the game into disrepute again.

    Adrian Kellers: Suarez has got to be getting a retrospective ban there. If it's not a bite, it's certainly a head-butt.

    Cameron Laws: Godin shouldn't even be playing. Should have been sent off in the last game.

    Nick Walsh: Suarez should be banned for the rest of the tournament if Uruguay hold on. And preferably a further year. Just doesn't learn.

  • Italy 0-1 Uruguay

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    Five minutes left for Italy to save themselves.

    It's all getting too much for some of the Azzurri. A member of Cesare Prandelli's coaching staff is sent off by the referee as protests continue over Luis Suarez incident.

    Giorgio Chiellini was so incensed with Suarez that he pulled his shirt down as if to show the referee he had been bitten.

    Astonishing scenes in Natal.

  • Former England defender Danny Mills

    BBC Radio 5 live

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    "From what I have seen that is a bite from Luis Suarez. If it is that has to be the longest ban on the planet."

  • Kevin Kilbane

    Former Republic of Ireland midfielder

    Italy 0-1 Uruguay - Diego Godin

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    "It looks like that will be the goal that will send Italy home. Great ball in and a brilliant header that gave Buffon no chance."

  • Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Italy 0-1 Uruguay

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    "Italy have defended so well. But the dark arts have been used against them. Whether Luis Suarez has bitten the Italy defender or not, he has at least head-butted the Italy defender. You can't do that."

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    GOAL

    Italy 0-1 Uruguay - Diego Godin

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    Incredible late drama in Natal.

    Italy's players are still complaining with the referee about Luis Suarez's alleged bite on Giorgio Chiellini when Uruguay win a corner.

    In it comes and Diego Godin rises higher than anyone else to nod Uruguay ahead. Italy are going out of the World Cup. . .

  • Italy 0-0 Uruguay

    Posted at80 mins

    What has Luis Suarez done!

    The Liverpool striker appears to BITE Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini while challenging for the ball inside the Uruguay penalty area.

    Unbelievable.

  • Kevin Kilbane

    Former Republic of Ireland midfielder

    Italy 0-0 Uruguay

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    "There's just a wall of blue in front of Uruguay now. Italy are defending very deep."

  • Italy 0-0 Uruguay

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    Time is running out for Luis Suarez and Uruguay. This is how Group D stands and Italy are heading into the last 16 unless there is late drama in Natal.

  • Italy 0-0 Uruguay

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    Tempers are boiling over.

    Luis Suarez is not happy as Italy's Marco Verratti goes down after a follow through by Edinson Cavani.

    Uruguay's players think Verratti is play acting but the midfielder is carried off on a stretcher and will play no further part.

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    Ipo Lawuyi: Is Luis Suarez a world-class striker or are England an average team? Watching Uruguay v Italy and he has not been in the game.

    Matt Chicken: I find it so hard to watch teams like Uruguay. Spend more time diving and play-acting than actually playing football.

  • Italy 0-0 Uruguay

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    Uruguay boss Oscar Tabarez is agitated on the South American bench.

    Time is running out but his players are struggling to penetrate a blue wall in front of Gianluigi Buffon.

    Italy's fans are quiet. This is not over by a long way.

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    Segun Agbaje: Marchisio wins the Alex Song Award for blatant stupidity. The ref was right in front of you lad.

    John McEnerney: Italy are masters at closing out games being a man down, I think it suits them and then nick a goal from a set piece. They won't panic.

    Eyobel Gomini: Very harsh red card. Poor refereeing since the beginning of this World Cup.

  • Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Italy 0-0 Uruguay

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    "If you want one team on this whole planet to save you with 10 men, it is Italy. They are brilliant at this."

  • Italy 0-0 Uruguay

    Posted at65 mins

    How big a miss will that prove to be? Uruguay are 25 minutes from being knocked out.

  • CLOSE!

    Italy 0-0 Uruguay

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    Close for Uruguay! Was this their chance? Luis Suarez jinks away from a couple of defenders on the edge of the Italy box and pokes a low shot towards the bottom corner, only to see Gianluigi Buffon stretch out a palm to push it away.

    Fine margins.

  • Italy 0-0 Uruguay

    Posted at64 mins

    You don't see that too often. Andrea Pirlo picks the ball up 25 yards from goal shifts it to his right and... blazes about 20 yards over.

  • Kevin Kilbane

    Former Republic of Ireland midfielder

    Italy 0-0 Uruguay

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    "It was over the top from Marchisio and the ref was right on the spot. We'd said before that this was bubbling under with some of the challenges and he is a victim of what went before."

  • Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Italy 0-0 Uruguay

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    "It seems a little bit harsh but the studs were high and Marchisio has gone over the top of the ball. By the letter of the law, yes, you can give a red card but there have been worse fouls this afternoon."

    You can listen to updates from this match by clicking on the Live Coverage tab at the top of the page.

  • Ben Smith at Estadio das Dunas, BBC Sport

    BBC Sport

    Italy 0-0 Uruguay

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    "That decision has lifted the noise levels inside Estadio das Dunas. At first glance it looked like a simple coming together but the referee has got that one right. Claudio Marchisio's studs are up and he makes contact high on Egidio Arevalo's leg. All of a sudden Italy, having had a measure of control, are going to face 30 minutes of all guns blazing from Uruguay."

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    Adam Prior: Wow! A moment of interest somewhere - finally. Thank you Claudio Marchisio.

    Tamim Mezher: Is Claudio Marchisio going to be Italy's David Beckham?

    AKarim: The stage is set for Suarez brilliance.

    Oluleye Victor: Edinson Cavani is just an average player at this World Cup.

  • Italy 0-0 Uruguay

    Posted at62 mins

    Claudio Marchisio can have no complaints about that. Italy's players, led by skipper Gianluigi Buffon, surround the referee, but Marco Rodriguez has made his decision.

    Italy are down to 10 men. Can Uruguay take advantage?

  • RED CARD

    Italy 0-0 Uruguay

    Posted at60 mins

    It's been coming and it's a red card for Italy's Claudio Marchisio for another ugly challenge on Egidio Rios.

  • Italy 0-0 Uruguay

    Posted at60 mins

    Thirty minutes for Uruguay to craft a way through a stubborn Italian defence or they are out of the World Cup.

    Suddenly, Cristian Rodriguez plays a love one-two with Luis Suarez and the Atletico Madrid man has sight of goal. But he drills a great chance wide.

  • Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Italy 0-0 Uruguay

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    "Italy would love it if this stays 0-0. They are the team to achieve it. I said earlier about the dark arts from Italy but Uruguay aren't bad at the dark arts themselves."

  • Italy 0-0 Uruguay

    Posted at56 mins

    Can Luis Suarez rescue Uruguay from World Cup elimination?

    The Liverpool striker is a figure of frustration. He has rarely threatened the Italy net.

    To be fair, the Italian defence is doing a terrific job. This game has 0-0 written all over it.

  • Steve Bower

    BBC Match of the Day commentator

    Italy 0-0 Uruguay

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    "The way this game is going you would be amazed if it ends 11 v 11. To say it is bruising is an understatement."

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    Heaven's Most Wanted: I thought the so-called deadly attack of Uruguay would pose a threat. Turns out they are just another England.

  • Italy 0-0 Uruguay

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    Another frustrating afternoon for Mario Balotelli. As well as being on the receiving end of some strong challenges he picked up a booking that will rule him out of the second round, should the Italians get there and was promptly taken off at the break. Why always me indeed.

  • Italy 0-0 Uruguay

    Posted at52 mins

    Huge Uruguay shouts for a penalty as Leonardo Bonucci wrestles Edinson Cavani to the ground. The referee is not interested.

  • Kevin Kilbane

    Former Republic of Ireland midfielder

    Italy 0-0 Uruguay

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    "You could see someone getting sent off here. The ref has let a lot go and there should probably have been a few more bookings really."

  • Italy 0-0 Uruguay

    Posted at50 mins

    A red card surely cannot be far away.

    We've only been under way a few minutes yet Uruguay's Egidio Rios has been cautioned while Italy substitute Marco Parolo escapes after a horrible challenge on Martin Caceres.

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    Matt: Can we just send Italy and Uruguay home with England? In a great World Cup, this is a dull, dull game.

  • KICK-OFF

    Italy 0-0 Uruguay

    Posted at46 mins

    We're back under way with a major change in Italy's line-up. Mario Balotelli, who will be suspended for the next game if the Azzurri get through, is replaced by Marco Parolo.

  • Italy 0-0 Uruguay

    Posted at18:03

    Italy's players were out of the dressing room early but they have been handing around the tunnel for several minutes to stay out of the heat in Natal. But here they come. We're ready for the second half.

  • Stat attack

    Italy 0-0 Uruguay

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    Italy's Marco Verratti completed 100% of his 31 passes in the first half.

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    This game was billed as Balotelli v Suarez. Not the greatest display from either man so far - the Italian just about shading it according to the stats.

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    VB: If Fifa want to stamp out the Italian style of play, add on a genuine amount of time. 10 minutes. That'll fix it quickly.

    Johnny Di Girolamo: Mario Balotelli off. Lazy, falls over, loses ball, no control, no threat. Please Cesare Prandelli, send on Lorenzo Insigne.

  • Ben Smith at Estadio das Dunas, BBC Sport

    BBC Sport

    Italy 0-0 Uruguay

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    "An extremely forgettable first half here in Natal and the players are booed off at half-time.

    "Italy look like a side that will take a 0-0 draw and Uruguay just haven't found any kind of rhythm thus far. The referee's whistle has prevented any kind of tempo developing on either side and, but for one moment where Suarez and Cavani have linked up, it has all been very ordinary.

    "It can only get better. Uruguay, remember, must win to avoid being knocked out of the World Cup."

  • Group Zzzzzzzzz

    Posted at17:54

    Group D has provided 11 goals in the first four games but the final round of matches are proving to be a little dull to say the least.

    It's also goalless between England and Costa Rica. If the scores stay the same then Costa Rica will go through as group winners and will be joined by Italy.

  • Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Italy 0-0 Uruguay

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    "It is a masterful display of the dark arts of football by the Italy defence and that isn't a criticism. All the neutrals want Uruguay to score to open the game up."

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    SafiWardak: Uruguay would be among the contenders if they had some quality in midfield.

    Alex Ryan: Seriously wondering how Italy or Uruguay are going to score without the England defence gifting them a goal.

  • Steve Bower

    BBC Match of the Day commentator

    Italy 0-0 Uruguay

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    "It has been a bruising encounter so far. There have been some challenges reminiscent of the Uruguay of old."

  • HALF-TIME

    Italy 0-0 Uruguay

    Posted at17:47

    No goals but lots and lots of free-kicks. This has to be the ugliest game of the World Cup so far, but it's so far so good for Italy.

  • Italy 0-0 Uruguay

    Posted at45 mins

    Another terrible challenge goes unpunished. Italy's Matteo Darmian escapes a yellow card after smashing into Alvaro Pereira.

    The Uruguay midfielder has been on the end of a number of heavy challenges.

    His body must be covered in bruises.

  • Kevin Kilbane

    Former Republic of Ireland midfielder

    Italy 0-0 Uruguay

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    "It has been very difficult for Uruguay to break Italy down. The Italians have been very disciplined so far and they're nearly halfway there now."

  • Italy 0-0 Uruguay

    Posted at43 mins

    Another promising Uruguay move ends with a sloppy pass by Edinson Cavani.

    Uruguay's key players need to step up.

  • Italy 0-0 Uruguay

    Posted at41 mins

    Half-time is approaching. It's job done as far as Italy are concerned. Uruguay are heading out unless they can find a way of penetrating the Azzurri defence.

  • Italy 0-0 Uruguay

    Posted at37 mins

    Italy are restricting Uruguay to very few scoring chances.

    So much so that Martin Caceres attempts a highly ambitious effort from inside his own half on the Italian goal.

    But the Juventus man is no Wayne Rooney or David Beckham.

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    Miracle Roch: I see a Mario Balotelli red card from one of Luis Suarez's theatrics.

    Shohidur Rahman: Astonished with Uruguay's tactics. Do they know they need to win? Just sitting deep and letting Italy play.

  • Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Italy 0-0 Uruguay

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    "Italy are going to be hard to break down. The best thing that has happened is Andrea Pirlo has dropped deep and is pinging the ball around, he is controlling the game."

    The image below shows Pirlo's touches so far.

  • Italy 0-0 Uruguay

    Posted at34 mins

    Uruguay need a goal.

    Suarez tests Gianluigi Buffon after a lovely one-two but the veteran Italianspills the ball before denying Nicola Lodeiro.

    Suarez looking threatening for the first time.

  • Steve Bower

    BBC Match of the Day commentator

    Italy 0-0 Uruguay

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    "Ciro Immobile scored 22 goals in Seria A last season but this is just his fourth cap for his country. It would be a great time to get off the mark."

  • Italy 0-0 Uruguay

    Posted at31 mins

    Chance for Italy!

    Ciro Immobile is unmarked inside the Uruguay area but his snap shot sails high over the bar.

    Italy are starting to settle in a game that continues to be peppered with free-kicks.

  • Italy 0-0 Uruguay

    Posted at26 mins

    Mario Balotelli receives a pass in the centre-circle and goes on a powerful run inside the Uruguay half but rushes his shot and a good chance is wasted.

  • Ben Smith at Estadio das Dunas, BBC Sport

    BBC Sport

    Italy 0-0 Uruguay

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    "What is clear is that neither of these teams want to make the first mistake.

    "Uruguay look very organised and together. Two red and white balloons blew onto the field in the last few minutes. The referee asked the nearest Uruguay defender to stamp on them but Luis Suarez sent him back. Italy were preparing to take a free-kick and Suarez didn't want his team-mate to be caught out of position. Suarez went over and burst the England coloured balloons himself... insert joke here."

  • Italy 0-0 Uruguay

    Posted at25 mins

    Nice move by Uruguay as Alvaro Pereira gets behind the Italian defence. His low cross falls for Edinson Cavani but the Paris St-Germain striker fails to find the target from close range.

  • Suarez so far

    Italy 0-0 Uruguay

    Posted at17:24

    No doubting Luis Suarez is Uruguay's dangerman but the Liverpool forward hasn't yet managed a touch inside the Italian box. You can bet it will be worth watching when he does, mind.

  • BALOTELLI BANNED

    Italy 0-0 Uruguay

    Posted at23 mins

    Mario Balotelli is the first player to go into the referee's notebook after a high challenge on Alvaro Pereira. That means the former Manchester City striker will be suspended if Italy make it through to the last 16.

  • Italy 0-0 Uruguay

    Posted at21 mins

    Those pre-match handshakes were clearly just for show. There's no love lost between these two. There's been 12 free-kicks in the opening 20 minutes and the foul count is rising by the minute.

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    Miracle Roch: How did Cavani score all those goals for Napoli? Looks so average.

    Dazzler: The knockout stages of the World Cup will be missing either Andrea Pirlo or Luis Suarez. Very sad indeed.

  • Italy 0-0 Uruguay

    Posted at15 mins

    Fifteen minutes gone in Natal and this is how Group D looks. Uruguay have got stuck in but they need a goal to stay alive. Cristian Rodriguez goes on a powerful surge and whips in a cross but Edinson Cavani can't take advantage.

  • Italy 0-0 Uruguay

    Posted at13 mins

    Another Italian free-kick and Andrea Pirlo's set-piece forces keeper Fernando Muslera to beat the ball over. First serious chance to Italy.

  • Ben Smith at Estadio das Dunas, Natal

    BBC Sport

    Italy 0-0 Uruguay

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    "Fair to say this game hasn't really hit its stride yet. Luis Suarez and Mario Balotelli have spent most of the first 10 minutes on the floor and the referee's whistle has been blown more times than I care to remember. It is fast and ferocious on both sides, though."

  • Kevin Kilbane

    Former Republic of Ireland midfielder

    Italy 0-0 Uruguay

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    "There's no real pace in the Italian back three and Luis Suarez will cause a lot of problems if he gets running at them."

  • Italy 0-0 Uruguay

    Posted at8 mins

    Little action in either penalty area but plenty of free kicks already.

    Mexican referee Marco Rodriguez is certainly going to earn his money in this game.

    Luis Suarez is on the receiving end of a heavy Italian challenge before committing a foul himself. The biggest surprise so far is that Rodriguez has not booked anyone.

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    The Typewriter: Italy will be playing a 3-5-2 formation for the first time this tournament. Juventus-style system. It makes sense for Italy, seeing that much of that side plays for Juventus.

  • Kevin Kilbane

    Former Republic of Ireland midfielder

    Italy 0-0 Uruguay

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    "You have to fancy Italy to get through this but in Luis Suarez Uruguay have a world class player and you can't rule them out."

  • Italy 0-0 Uruguay

    Posted at3 mins

    Crunch. Mario Balotelli crashes to the ground under a challenge by Christian Rodriguez.

    Then Edinson Cavani is caught and goes down. This is blood and thunder stuff already.

  • KICK-OFF

    Italy 0-0 Uruguay

    Posted at1 min

    We're under way. It's do or die time.

  • Conor McNamara

    BBC commentator in Natal

    Italy v Uruguay (17:00 BST)

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    "Plenty of noise from the Italy fans here in Natal, but they are massively outnumbered by the Uruguay supporters. Great atmosphere."

  • Italy v Uruguay (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:58

    What a noise in Natal.

    Plenty of handshakes in the tunnel between both sets of players. Not sure there will be too many on the pitch. Italy's national anthem first and their players are not holding back. Spine-tingling stuff. The completion of Uruguay's anthem and then handshakes on the pitch.

    The pleasantries are out of the way. Now comes the serious stuff. Are you ready?

  • LINE-UPS

    Italy v Uruguay (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:55

    Italy: Buffon, Chiellini, Bonucci, Barzagli, De Sciglio, Marchisio, Pirlo, Verratti, Darmian, Immobile, Balotelli. Subs: Sirigu, Thiago Motta, Candreva, Abate, Cassano, Cerci, Aquilani, Parolo, Paletta, Insigne, De Rossi, Perin.

    Uruguay: Muslera, Caceres, Gimenez, Godin, Pereira, Gonzalez, Arevalo Rios, Rodriguez, Lodeiro, Cavani, Suarez. Subs: Munoz, Fucile, Gargano, Hernandez, Forlan, Stuani, Perez, Maxi Pereira, Ramirez, Coates, Lugano, Silva.

    Referee: Marco Rodriguez (Mexico).

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    John McEnerney: Kidding ourselves thinking Uruguay will win. History says Italy. They got their hiccup out of the way versus Costa Rica. Head says Italy, heart says Uruguay.

    Jyoti Banerjee: I wonder how Italy and Uruguay feel about Costa Rica playing England's reserves.

    Kerry Peter Parvin: Ready for the Italy v Uruguay game. Going for Italy on this one due to the other half. Come on Italy.

  • Italy v Uruguay (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:53

  • Posted at16:52

    There's another game going on in Group D at the same time as this one. Will England save their best for last and finish a poor World Cup with victory over Costa Rica? Build-up and live text commentary of that game is also on the BBC Sport website.

  • Italy v Uruguay (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:49

  • Italy v Uruguay (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:46

    Fifa's Twitter account posts a picture of the players' shirts in their respective dressing rooms.

  • Buffon's warning

    Italy v Uruguay (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:45

    Italy captain Gianluigi Buffon, who is winning his 142nd cap, warns his team-mates they must raise their game to avoid a World Cup "failure".

    Since winning the World Cup for a fourth time in 2006, the Azzurri have failed to get past the group stage and face another early exit if they lose this game.

    "Now we have to send some positive signals and the only way to do that is to raise our game against Uruguay," says Buffon. "We need to show some strength and pride and come up with a win. We need cool heads, but also to be highly motivated. If we end up going out in the first round, it will be a failure."

  • Italy v Uruguay (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:40

    BBC Sport's Ben Smith at Estadio das Dunas: "As you would expect, there are many more Uruguay fans here than Italians. The players' names have just been read out on the field as both teams warm up.

    "There was a special roar from all corners for Mario Balotelli but each and every one of the Uruguayans were given an altogether more deafening reception.

    "Luis Suarez and Mario Balotelli. The two men who put England to the sword, two men all too familiar to England fans, could yet be the men to take centre stage in Natal. It's a real shoot-out."

  • Italy v Uruguay (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:38

  • One for the family album

    Italy v Uruguay (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:36

    Pressure? What pressure?

    Uruguay striker Luis Suarez carries the weight of a nation on his shoulders as Los Charruas must defeat Italy to advance to the knockout stages.

    But just hours before kick-off, Liverpool striker Suarez posted this picture of his family on his official Twitter account with the message: "Thanks for coming and supporting me as always. You give me more energy than everyone else. I love you a lot."

Posted on Tuesday 24th June 2014

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