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World Cup: Day 3 Groups C & D

Day 3 of the 2014 World Cup started off with a bang, Colombia showing a strong performance with a decisive victory over Greece. The Colombian side showed pace and determination and did not look as if they were missing their star striker Radamel Falcao. Greece missed a number of chances to bring themselves back in the game but were unable to capitalize on the chances, and were completely silenced when James Rodriguez put their third and final goal in the back of the net during injury time, to complete an impressive 3 nil performance for Los Cafeteros.

Colombian World Cup Squad vs Greece


The second game of the day brought Uruguay and Costa Rica together in Estadio Castelao, Fortaleza for the first game of Group D. Uruguay started off very strong opening the scoring early in the 24th minute of the match when Edinson Cavani converted a penalty shot. However, the surprise comeback by Costa Rica started in the second half in the 53rd minute when Campbell put a left-footed half volley into the back of the net. It was a B-E-A-UuuuuuTY!  The momentum led Costa Rica to a 3rd goal from Marco Urena, and a 3-1 final victory.

Joel Campbell Costa Rica 2014 World Cup Goal


The most anticipated game of the day was the afternoon face off of England and Italy. The English team has been looking to get back into a position of being a powerhouse and competing regularly on the international stage for trophies. Italy struck first with an excellent goal from Antonio Candreva in the 35th minute. Two minutes later Daniel Sturridge equalized for England from a well placed cross from Wayne Rooney. The first half ended with an even feeling to the match. It was clear both sides were playing for the win. In the end it was Mario Balotelli in the 50th minute who put Italy on top. The 3 Lions seemed to lack a little pace and creativity as Italy finished the game with a strong defense.

mario balotelli scores

The 4th and last game of the day was played in Arena Pernambuco in Recife, north-east Brazil, by Japan and the Ivory Coast.  Japan has been known to be feisty and quick in their play, although of late, they have struggled. Japan came out strong, and surprised the Ivory Coast early when Keisuke Honda buried a pass in the net in the 16th minute.  While Ivory Coast’s biggest star, Didier Drogba, sat on the bench, his other teammates slowly got back into the game.  These weren’t slouch players either. The English Premier League has seen the likes of Yaya Toure, Wilfried Bony,Gervinho and Salomon Kalou.  However, it was the insertion of their inspirational player, Didier Drogba, which gave the side a spark.  The tying goal was headed in by Wilfried Bony, and the winner moments later, by Gervinho.  Japan didn’t have anything left for a comeback, and the score finished 2-1.

Gervinho and Drogba celebrate

Looking forward to Day 4 of the World Cup!

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