Both teams suffered through the early evening kickoff in Manaus. Italy – inspired once again by the majestic Andrea Pirlo in midfield – eventually emerged with a precious 2-1 victory to bolster its chances of reaching the round of 16. Warren Barton broke down all of the action on the day, including this defeat for his beloved Three Lions.
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Costa Rica shocks Uruguay with second-half revival
Uruguay eased into the lead through an Edinson Cavani penalty and thought it looked on course for a straightforward victory over the Ticos. Not so much. Costa Rica scored three times after the interval to plunge Group D into chaos with a 3-1 win. Warren Barton wonders whether the U.S. can maintain CONCACAF’s strong start.
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Côte d’Ivoire responds in second half to defeat Japan
Leave it to Didier Drogba to spark a revival. Drogba entered on the hour. His side scored twice in the next five minutes to claim a 2-1 victory over Japan. Talk about an instant impact. But are the Ivorians too reliant on their captain?
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Colombia dispatches Greece in yellow-clad Belo Horizonte
No Falcao, no problem for Colombia. James Rodriguez orchestrated the celebration as Colombia marked its return to the World Cup with a 3-0 victory over Greece in the first match of the day.
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Step forward, Lionel Messi
Argentina finally opens its tournament against debutants Bosnia-Herzegovina on Sunday (6:00p.m. ET). Jonathan Wilson wonders if this is the last chance for this team to reach its potential. Switzerland battles Ecuador (12:00p.m. ET) and France meets Honduras (3:00p.m. ET) in the other two matches. Warren Barton offers his take all of the Sunday fixtures.