Uruguay skipper Diego Godin scored to lead his side to a 1-0 victory and eliminate their opponents Italy from the FIFA World Cup 2014 in Natal on Tuesday. Andrea Pirlo had Italy’s first chance of the match which he fired goalwards from 35 yards away but was eventually saved by the keeper, Fernando Muslera. For the Uruguayans Edinson Cavani tried to cushion the ball into the path of Nicolas Lodeiro in the area but his shot was cleared.
The match continued to ebb and flow with both sides having chances but to no avail. Mario Ballotelli was shown his second yellow card of the tournament when he jumped into the back of Alvaro Pereira. The half came to a close with the scoreline leveled at 0-0 with both teams hoping for a breakthrough in the second. In the second the men from South America had a great chance when Suarez and Cristian Rodriguez played a cute one-two but the shot by Rodriguez was put sent wide.
The Europeans were reduced to 10 men when Claudio Marchisio was sent off after a studs-first challenge on Egidio Aravalo and their troubles began as Godin put his side in the lead late in the half. The Azzurri threw everything at their opponents but were unable to find a goal as Oscar Tabarez and his La Celeste ran out 1-0 victors and advanced to the Round of 16.