World Cup 2014: Bite by Luis Suárez Mars Uruguay’s 1-0 Victory Over Italy [Video]

Uruguay’s victory on Tuesday has sent the four-time champions crashing out of the competition.

Uruguay made it to the Round of 16 with a surprising win over four-time champion Italy 1-0, who joined Costa Rica in the knockout phase on Tuesday. However, the match was not left without controversy, as the victory was overshadowed by a biting incident involving the South American side’s star forward Luis Suarez.

Uruguay’s defender Diego Godin helped his team to achieve their World Cup dream with a winning goal nine minutes from time against Italy, for whom Claudio Marchisio was sent-off, to take second place in Group D behind Costa Rica, who secured top spot with a 0-0 draw against England.

Italy, who had sat back in numbers before Marchisio’s dismissal, poured forward to try to rescue the situation but Andrea Pirlo’s 85th-minute free kick was their best chance and Uruguay goalkeeper Fernando Muslera swept it around the post.

Italy coach Cesare Prandelli had made his intentions clear by starting with a 3-5-2 formation and for most of the first hour they succeeded in shackling the Uruguayans.

Claudio Marchisio was given a straight red card in the 59th minute for a high tackle, forcing an already defensive Italy to hunker down in an attempt to force the draw, a scenario that would’ve saw the side through to the next round.

Also, Mario Balotelli picked up his second yellow card in two matches for a dangerous foul during the first half, and was benched for the second period.

“I assume full responsibility,” Italy coach Cesare Prandelli said, while also criticizing the referee for Marchisio being sent off.

“It’s absurd to be left with 10 men in a match like this,” Prandelli said. “There were no ugly fouls worthy of being sent off. You can’t (ruin) a match like that. The referee ruined the match.”

Italy controlled much of the match with its passing accuracy in midfield while Uruguay relied on swift counterattacks and even attempted to surprise Buffon with shots from its own half, says CBS News.

Suarez, who served a 10-match ban for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic in 2013, clashed with Italian defender Chiellini

In the 79th minute, the Uruguay striker clashed with Italian defender Chiellini. Suarez, who served a 10-match ban for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic in 2013, appeared to bite Giorgio Chiellini, as moments later the Italian pulling down his shirt over a shoulder to reveal what, on the evidence of close-up photography, looked like a bite mark.

Since the referee did not punish him for Tuesday’s bite at the time, FIFA’s disciplinary panel can impose its own sanction. It is expected that it will begin an investigation promptly and mete out any punishment before Uruguay’s next game, a Round of 16 matchup in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday, reports the NY Times.

Chiellini said Suarez should have been sent off and that the red card for Italy midfielder Claudio Marchisio should never have been given.

“The red for Marchisio and not sending off Suarez were ridiculous,” Chiellini said. ”It was absolutely clear. There’s even a mark,” Chiellini said of the bite.

Uruguay’s next opponent will be the winner of Group C, which is currently led by Colombia.

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