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World Cup 2014: Suarez in full condition knocks England down 2-1

Updated: 2014-06-20 17:58:24 (KST)
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Day eight of the 2014 FIFA World Cup saw two more groups move into their second round of matches, with Colombia dispatching Cote d'Ivoire 2-1 early on.

Japan and Greece fought out a rather dull no point draw while Uruguay defeated England to leave the European side on the brink of elimination.

For all of the day's biggest winners and losers AND for what to look ahead this weekend, let's go to our sports correspondent, Song Ji-sun.
Ji-sun, Happy Friday to you.

Happy Friday everyone
Great thing about the weekend is that we can now watch the World Cup games morning or night without worrying about how we'll make it into work the next day
In Thursday's action, Uruguay's Luis Suarez was the star of the night, scoring two excellent goals in the South American side's TWO-ONE victory over England.
The English side, suffering their second straight defeat, stand on the brink of elimination now, needing Italy to do them a favor to have any chance at all.
Suarez is well-known to Korean football fans, too, as it was his two goals in the second round of the 2010 World Cup which sent Korea packing.
Also note that he finished the South American qualification phase for Brazil as the top scorer with 11 goals
England's Wayne Rooney scored his first goal in Brazil in his third World Cup -- but an overall lackluster performance from England ensures they stay rooted on zero points after two games.
Elsewhere in Brazil -- Japan and Greece each had chances to win the game but it finished NIL-NIL with Greece a man short for most of the match after being sent off.
On the other side, Colombia may now focus on their strategy for the round of 16 -- as they remain atop the group beating Cote d'Ivoire, TWO-ONE.

With that said, let's take a look at where the teams stand in their groups, a week after the World Cup kicked off.


Now back in Iguazu Falls Team Korea are busy preparing for their second group match.
They had a day to recover, with Kimchi and beef after the Russia match but they are back on the field now prepping for Algeria, the game they will be looking to win to give them a great shot at getting into the knockout stage.
And they are certainly not short of confidence going into Sunday's match.

(Korean)
"The draw against Russia got us a point, and I witnessed how my team gave it their all during those 90 minutes. I'm sure my players will be in even better condition against Algeria."

( : JI Dong-won, Midfielder, Korean Football Team)
"We've been studying how the Algerian side play, their positions and characteristics. We are going to monitor their games in even more depth in the coming days."

(6/20 CG)
Team Korea's second match against Algeria kicks off at 4 p.m. Sunday, local time.
And here's a look at the game schedule for this Friday and the weekend.
( 4~5 )


( PKG)

Paul the Octopus and the prognosticating turtles of Brazil have nothing on Korean broadcaster Lee Young-pyo.
The commentator for Korea Broadcasting Station has been accurately predicting the winners and even the scores of this year's World Cup in Brazil.
Early on in Korea's match against Russia match this week, Lee, a retired Korean national soccer player, said forward Lee Keun-ho was capable of piercing the Russian defense, and added that if Team Korea could hold on until the 70th minute of the match, a chance would present itself.
And one did.
Sixty-eight minutes in, and just 12 minutes after stepping on to the pitch for the first time,, Lee Keun-ho fired a long-range shot that found its way to the back of the net.

But commentator Lee's predictions don't end there.
Last month, during the World Cup preliminary group stage, he said that the Spanish national team was entering a dark period.
That turned out to be an accurate call as well, as the defending champs have already been knocked out from advancing.

Lee's prediction for the games and scores between Italy and England, and Ivory Coast against Japan also turned out to be right.

Lee, an ex-Tottenham Hotspur defender insisted that his forecasts were hardly lucky guesses, but that hasn't stopped people from referring to him as the next "Paul the Octopus."
Shin Se-min, Arirang News.


That wraps up our World Cup update for this Friday and do not miss our live coverage of the nationwide cheering for Korea's next game on Monday morning
Have a wonderful weekend filled with football fever


Reporter : song@arirang.co.kr

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