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World Cup 2014: Three more Latin American squads in knockout stage, Suarez bites opponent again

Updated: 2014-06-25 17:44:54 (KST)
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Day 13 of the 2014 FIFA World Cup was full of action, I tell you.
Yes, we did get to find out about half of the teams that will be playing in the knockout stage, but also that some can bite the fun out of the game.
Our correspondent Song Ji-sun joins us to make sure we do not miss any of the action.

We are now halfway through the final matches of the group stage -- we know 50 percent of the teams that will be in the last 16.
The two-time World Cup winners Uruguay had no trouble moving on to the next round but it was the troublemaker Luis Suarez' teethmarks that are making more headlines around the globe.
Suarez clashed with Italy's Giorgio Chiellini in the Italian penalty area 10 minutes from the end of the match only to bite the defender on the shoulder.
And this is not the first time the striker has bitten an opponent, but the THIRD
Suarez was banned from playing for his Premier League side Liverpool for 10 games last year after biting a Chelsea player and four years ago, he was suspended for seven games for a similar incident while playing for Ajax.
The striker could be banned from the rest of the World Cup and possibly, even more.

Costa Rica and England ended nil-nil -- that did not affect the final Group D standings, the central American squad easily topped the group and England were rooted to the bottom with just one point.

It would've been the first for both countries to advance to the next round -- but that honor went to Greece as Georgios Samaras earned an invaluable penalty in the last minute. to see them edge Cote d'Ivoire TWO-ONE.

Over in Cuiaba, Japan packs up after finishing rock bottom of their group as a cruising Colombia crushes the Asian country FOUR-ONE to top out their group with three wins.
At this point, Korea is the only remaining Asian squad which has a shot at advancing to the knockout stage, although it's a very slim chance.

Now these results lead to three more Latin America teams landing on the last 16 -- that adds up to SIX against two European countries.
Colombia and Uruguay will go against each other in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday and Costa Rica - Greece match will be in Recife on Sunday, both at 5 p.m. local time.

With France and Argentina sure to advance to the next round, Nigeria will try to become the first African team to make it to the next round in Brazil.
The conclusion of Group F matches is set for 1 p.m. and Group E at 5 p.m., another early morning game for fans here in Korea.

And that was look at today's World Cup action, see you guys back here for more stories from Brazil 2014.


Reporter : song@arirang.co.kr

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