Thursday, October 2, 2014   

(World Cup) Uruguay, Greece advance; Italy, Ivory Coast out
(06-25 10:55)

Underscoring a power shift away from Europe, Uruguay fought -- and apparently even bit -- its way to a 1-0 victory over Italy Tuesday to move to the World Cup's next round with Costa Rica, which sent England home without a single victory after a goalless draw.
The draw against England gave Costa Rica, the surprise team of the competition, first place in Group D over three former champions, and gutted more of the European contingent at the tournament.
The Central Americans reached the second round in 1990. But this time they did it as group winner, beating top-rate opposition.
Often chided for being super defensive, Greece needed to go out looking for a win over Ivory Coast and did so from start really right up to the finish. It doubled its total scoring tally at World Cup tournaments with two -- the second coming through an injury-time penalty that secured a 2-1 victory and sent much of the crisis hit country into a frenzy, celebrating its first passage ever in the second round. In another group C match, Jackson Martinez scored twice as Colombia beat Japan 4-1 to end their World Cup Group C campaign with a perfect three wins and boot the Asian champions out of the tournament.
Uruguay will now play Colombia in an all-South American encounter, with Costa Rica taking on Greece. If anyone had said before the World Cup that either Greece or Costa Rica would be a quarterfinalist, there would have been precious few believers.   
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