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5 things: What we saw at the World Cup on Tuesday

By Steve Almasy, CNN
updated 8:41 PM EDT, Tue June 24, 2014
  • NEW: Uruguay beats Italy, but it's a star's alleged bite has people talking
  • NEW: Greece scores 2 goals to advance
  • NEW: Colombia continues its impressive World Cup run
  • NEW: England manages a draw, but not a goal, in last game

(CNN) -- There have been 108 goals scored in this World Cup. Greece has scored a total of 0. And yet, if things go its way today, it could make it to the knockout round.

That's one of five things we'll be watching for and talking about Tuesday:


Leaving on a jet plane:

What a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad World Cup it's been for England. Sure, Wayne Rooney scored that goal that had eluded him for three World Cups. But to what end? The Three Lions still had their feast spoiled by Uruguay last week. Today, England is hoping for at least a draw -- so it doesn't leave with a goose egg for the first time. (Costa Rica is already through.)

UPDATE: Well, England got its draw. But not a win or even a goal. The result meant Costa Rica -- predicted by many to finish last in Group D -- instead came in first.


Right down the line:

This is the match to watch today. Both Uruguay and Italy have 3 points in Group D. Winning is crucial for moving on up.

Here's hoping the Italian coach gave the team a refresher course on staying onside. In its game with Costa Rica, the Italian boys were caught offside 11 times! Fix that, and make opportunities for magic man Mario Balotelli, and Italy may make it through.

But watch out! Something's gotten into Uruguay. After a stunning loss to Costa Rica, they were sizzling hot against England -- especially with the return of injury-plagued Luis Suarez.

UPDATE: Italy is out of the World Cup, and it's got to hurt in more ways than one. First, there's their 1-0 loss to Uruguay. But what everyone is talking about is star Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez allegedly biting the shoulder of Italian defender Girogio Chiellini a few minutes before the game's lone goal.


All it takes is one:

We get it, Greece. You're really great at defense. You proved that when you played with 10 players for most of the match with Japan, and still held them to a goalless draw. But it's time to aim for the net now.

Like Greece, the Ivory Coast hasn't ever made it to the Round of 16. A win will change that. Brothers Yaya and Kolo Toure have decided to stay with the squad as they mourn the death of another sibling, Ibrahim, who passed away of cancer last week.

UPDATE: Greece did it. They scored two goals, the last on a penalty kick in extra time to earn a 2-1 win and a berth in the knockout stages. The result also assured an end to the World Cup hopes of Didier Drogba, Yaya Toure and their Ivory Coast cohorts.


Tangled up in blue:

Mexican goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa, left, and coach Miguel Herrera celebrate a goal by their team during a World Cup match against Croatia on Monday, June 23, in Recife, Brazil. Mexico won 3-1. Mexican goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa, left, and coach Miguel Herrera celebrate a goal by their team during a World Cup match against Croatia on Monday, June 23, in Recife, Brazil. Mexico won 3-1.
World Cup: The best photos from June 23
World Cup: The best photos from June 23 World Cup: The best photos from June 23

We want to love Japan. They have the nicest fans. But the Blue Samurais have been meh. And we're not sure they have a fighting chance today. They not only have to win against Colombia, they'll also have to hope that the Ivory Coast draws or loses the other game.

Colombia's sitting pretty at the top of the group. They're already through. But we want to see their 22-year-old phenom, James Rodriguez, score again. Because that dude can give Shakira a run for her money(maker).

UPDATE: Colombia has been unstoppable up until Tuesday. Against Greece, they gave their fans more reason to dance -- four goals worth, in fact, en route to a 4-1 win and a spot atop Group C.


Mexico - Croatia: 3-1

The scouting report goes something like this: Rafa Marquez is the target player for Mexico on corner kicks. Mark him with two players if you have to. He'll make you pay if he gets his head to the ball.

Croatia missed that page and now El Tri is moving on to the next round while the Blazers are going home.

Marquez scored Mexico's opener and assisted on the second. And if that wasn't enough to watch the game, the Mexican coach's priceless expressions sure were.

Brazil - Cameroon: 4-1

If you've been watching Brazil play this World Cup, know that you're witnessing a legend in the making: Neymar. He scored his fourth goal in three games and booked his country a date with Chile. Just two more goals and he'll be the top scorers in the tournament so far. And he's only 22.

Netherlands - Chile: 2-0

Chilean fans wear their emotions on their sleeves, and their shoulders, and on their faces. So, losing to the Netherlands made you just want to give them all a big hug. And then remind them: Stop it, you're in the next round.

The Dutch showed again they can be Speedwork Orange as Arjen Robben, in the counterattack, with the insightful cross to Memphis Depay, put Chile away.

"It was a very good game to watch," Robben said afterward. Well, maybe for your team.

Spain - Australia: 3-0

Where was this Spain all this time? Three goals! That's two more than all the goals it scored in its other World Cup games combined this year. This is how a defending champ should play. But clearly, Spain got the memo too late. It's going home.

It was the last international match for David Villa, who spent the last two games on the bench watching Spain lose. He went out in style yesterday.

CNN's Greg Botelho contributed to this report.