Luis Suarez proves his fitness by dispatching England
Suarez claimed he felt 100 percent entering the game with the Three Lions. His pair of goals in Uruguay’s 2-1 victory certainly reinforced the claims. Leander Schaerlaeckens offers his take on Suarez’s influence from the scene in Sao Paulo. The post-mortems have already started in England with Warren Barton also ready to share his thoughts. The primary culprit isn’t Wayne Rooney this time, according to Five Points.
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Colombia dances its way past Côte d’Ivoire
James Rodriguez continued his fine World Cup by somehow beating Didier Drogba and Didier Zokora in the air for the opening goal. Rodriguez’s aerial presence helped Colombia to earn a 2-1 victory on the day and seal a place in the round of 16.
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Greece and Japan try their best to give Iran-Nigeria a run for its money
This World Cup has offered us many, many fine games so far. The scoreless draw between Greece and Japan did not fall into that category.
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Jozy Altidore out, Cristiano Ronaldo pending
U.S. Soccer confirmed the information anyone with a pair of eyes and some common sense had already presumed: Altidore will miss Sunday’s match with a hamstring strain. Ronaldo remains a question mark, but the USA will have to prepare to mark him anyways. Pepe is definitely out, though, Warren Barton previews the match and then picks a few players to watch.
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Italy and Costa Rica tops the Friday slate
The two teams in Group D can usher England out of the World Cup with a draw (12:00p.m. ET). Amy Lawrence has our preview. France and Switzerland meet in a vital Group E clash in Salvador (3:00p.m. ET), while Honduras and Ecuador will hope to break the late game funk (6:00p.m. ET). Warren Barton evaluates all three matches.