Italy v Uruguay

at 2014-06-24 18:56:09

It ends and so does Italy’s part in this year’s World Cup. Lots to talk about but Uruguay win 1-0 to reach the last 16.

at 2014-06-24 18:54:07

Can this last free kick pay dividends?

at 2014-06-24 18:53:31

Referee plays a good advantage and then awards a free kick in midfield.

at 2014-06-24 18:50:53

Muslera  Uruguay goal keeper has been cautioned which I assume is for time wasting

at 2014-06-24 18:49:41

5 minutes of added time – don’t leave us just yet.

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at 2014-06-24 18:45:49

Is there going to be a sting in the tail?

at 2014-06-24 18:43:38

Mark Geiger is starting to get busy as 4th official – Italian trainer sent to stand for remonstrating at  Assistant

at 2014-06-24 18:42:28

Foul awarded to Italy – spray out

at 2014-06-24 18:40:50

Godin scores for Uruguay 1-0 in their favour

at 2014-06-24 18:40:10

Two players collide and Suarez appears to lean his head into Chiellini who swings an arm in retaliation. If referee had seen this it would and should have been two red cards

at 2014-06-24 18:37:12

Referee and his colleagues are full of concentration and sticking to basic refereeing. Good flag by Assistant and I 2 is cautioned for holding offence. Good co-operation.

Uruguay bring on Ramirez as substitute

at 2014-06-24 18:34:02

Verratti gets caught and seems to have cramp. Referee stops game and stretcher is brought on.

Motta No 5 will replace I 23

at 2014-06-24 18:30:03

I 17 off and I 10 Cassano on.

at 2014-06-24 18:29:39

Free kick to Italy in penalty area

at 2014-06-24 18:28:17

Offside decision by far assistant, correct flag and sound judgement.

at 2014-06-24 18:25:52

Assistant covers ground well to see ball curl out of play for goalkick to Italy

at 2014-06-24 18:24:52

Can Italy keep a clean sheet with 10 men. Uruguay will now give it a real go. Buffon denies Suarez. Great goalkeeping.

at 2014-06-24 18:22:14

Uruguay make a positive substitution with Stuani on for Periera

at 2014-06-24 18:21:29

Referee right on the spot and his decision to send Marchiso from the field of play is absolutely correct in Law. Bad challenge, high, dangerous and not what we need. These reckless challenges which are likely to injure an opponent will receive the ultimate sanction. Strong refereeing but correct. Game on.

at 2014-06-24 18:18:20


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aly 8 sent off.

at 2014-06-24 18:17:44

Uruguay have a great chance to open the scoring, probably uses his wrong foot. Still 0-0.

at 2014-06-24 18:16:21

Assistant keeps his eyes on U 16 and I 3, gives goal kick decision. Sensible.

at 2014-06-24 18:15:09

High foot by Immobile and foul given.

at 2014-06-24 18:14:38

Good positioning off his diagonal as Italy approach assistant’s side of penalty area. Good reading of play.

at 2014-06-24 18:13:00

Referee close to play again and easily spots handball by Cavani. Some verbal dissent afterwards!

at 2014-06-24 18:12:00

Silly foul by I 2 when ball going out of play for goal kick.

at 2014-06-24 18:11:17

Claim for penalty by Cavani but Referee in good position – nothing given by either official – for me it was a wrestling match with I 19 – both at fault but this is what needs stopping!

at 2014-06-24 18:07:22

Referee stops play when U 22 is winded by collision. Sensible at this stage in the game.

at 2014-06-24 18:06:11

Uruguay commit another foul

at 2014-06-24 18:05:29

U 17 commits foul on I 23 and he is cautioned immediately. I see a change in the Referee’s control already

at 2014-06-24 18:04:01

The Referee commences the second half in this superb stadium. The local team must be delighted with their acquisition.

Italy make a substitution with Balotelli off and Parolo on. Will we see a different game. Uruquay No 16 on and 14 off.



at 2014-06-24 17:57:45


The Referee and his colleagues have coped well overall with this game although the petty fouls committed by both sides have been disappointing. He has been consistent in his application of Law and his caution of Balotelli was sound. The number of free kicks awarded has been far too many. Other than on the odd occasion the Referee has not been speaking to the players to impose his authority on the game, so that, hopefully, fouls will be much less frequent. This is something he and his colleagues might well be discussing at half time, so that the game could become more open and enjoyable. Italy will not be too worried about how it has gone but one mistake and it could all change. The officials have done well, nonetheless, and the Referee’s movement, fitness and general positioning have been very good. He has remained close to play and not missed anything of significance, but, if Balotelli does come out for the second half, keep your eyes open, for the unexpected. This is what the Referee will be aware of, so that he is in a position to deal with any eventuality.

at 2014-06-24 17:48:30

Half time score is 0-0, which suits Italy but not the spectacle that we were expecting. Hopefully, things will improve in the second half.

at 2014-06-24 17:47:25

I 3 down again, is as guilty as Cavani – this needs tightening up in second half by Referee, rather than let pulling/holding creeping back into the game.

at 2014-06-24 17:45:41

2 minutes of added time

at 2014-06-24 17:44:58

I 4 penalised when U 6 also had his foot raised – difficult to call.

at 2014-06-24 17:42:01

Pull back and easy free kick again to Italy but the free kicks are mounting. Perhaps more than in most games we have seen.

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at 2014-06-24 17:38:53

Italy coach not happy with some of the unpunished challenges particularly Uruguayan defenders. Letting the Referee know from the technical area.

at 2014-06-24 17:36:01

I 23 with cheeky handball but well spotted by Referee

at 2014-06-24 17:34:36

Balotelli on the floor with trainers on after challenge by 1 3. No foul and Referee read it correctly but I feel Balotelli will be fuming inside, so watch out!

at 2014-06-24 17:31:20

Foul on Balotelli by U 22 – are the Uruguayans now trying to wind him up as he sits on a caution.

at 2014-06-24 17:27:31

Pirlo handles and then hangs onto the ball allowing his defenders to cover. Referee in quickly to defuse a potential issue.

at 2014-06-24 17:26:25

The game is bitty and petty in nature – both teams fear mistakes costing them dearly.

at 2014-06-24 17:24:44

I 2 gives another cheap foul away. And another.

at 2014-06-24 17:23:35

Balotelli receives yellow card for his high dangerous challenge on U 6. Correct decision by Referee.

at 2014-06-24 17:22:16

Balotelli makes a back for his opponent U22 – easy foul to award.

at 2014-06-24 17:21:33

Good offside  detection and flag by nearside assistant.

at 2014-06-24 17:20:58

The Referee is keeping close to play and so far has not missed much at all. Penetrating into penalty areas, goof level of fitness.

at 2014-06-24 17:18:30

Good spot for handball by I 2.

at 2014-06-24 17:17:49

Dangerous boot gives Italy another free kick but nothing materialises.

at 2014-06-24 17:17:04

Impressed with far side assistant as he keeps focused.

at 2014-06-24 17:15:27

The game has not settled in first 15 minutes, hopefully things will improve. Lots of pettiness around.

at 2014-06-24 17:13:20

I I8 penalised correctly for high foot

at 2014-06-24 17:12:46

Balotelli fouled again in attacking third. Referee now warning players about holding. Pirlo hits target with free kick. Muslera saves.

at 2014-06-24 17:11:00

Clumsy foul by Uruguay giving free kick in attacking position. Watch the pulling!

at 2014-06-24 17:08:49

Chiellini believes he is fouled with illegal use of arm. He was incorrect and Referee sound in his decision making.

at 2014-06-24 17:07:19

I 15 foul on Suarez. The Referee has a strong word but the fouls are getting more serious. Would have been a caution in Premier League I feel.

I 23 commits another foul.

at 2014-06-24 17:05:35

Again, Referee close to play and sees Suarez’s foul challenge. Good start.

at 2014-06-24 17:04:26

A spate of early free kicks as the game tries to settle. Moving ball, retake of free kick. Correct.

at 2014-06-24 17:03:03

Good positioning by Referee, no foul on Balotelli

at 2014-06-24 17:01:33

Early free kick, referee immediately into his game

at 2014-06-24 17:00:25

Referee Rodriquez gets us underway.

at 2014-06-24 16:51:59

It comes as no surprise that one of FIFA’s most experienced referees has been appointed to officiate in the game. On the International list since 1999, Marco Rodriquez from Mexico is now at his 3rd World Cup and has already refereed the Belgium v Algeria game.

He will be supported by his two colleagues from Mexico – Marvin Torrentera and Marcos Quintero with 4th Official Mark Geiger from the USA, who you will recall has performed exceptionally well in the two games that he has refereed and was the subject of Keith Hackett’s Blog earlier in the tournament.

Let’s hope all our colleagues have a trouble free game and we wish them all the best for this critical game for both teams.

Stay with us.

at 2014-06-24 16:21:48

This game in Group D will decide who is going to stay at the World Cup and who will be going home. It is a must win for Uruguay, however, a draw would be good enough for Italy.

The setting for this encounter is the Estadio das Dunas in Natal, which has a ground capacity of 45000. After the World Cup, local team America de Natal will play at the ground. What a legacy!

Italy last played Uruguay in the third place play offs of the Confederations Cup in 2013, winning on penalties after a 2-2 draw. This game will be just as tight and I do not expect either team to give anything away in the early stages, although as the game develops anything could happen.

Will Pirlo continue to weave his magic in midfield and Balotelli show the World his outstanding talent up front for Italy or will Suarez and Cavani link together and produce another spectacular performance that will see Uruguay through to the last 16. Who knows?

This will be a real challenge for the Referee and it will be interesting to see whether or not the rather liberal approach some officials have displayed to foul challenges is continued today. Whilst all the games have been important to the countries concerned, this game will have the extra spice because one WILL be going home for sure. Who will it be?

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