10 Best Moments from Day 13 of the World Cup


1. Goal of the day

James Rodriguez is making quite a name for himself in Brazil. His latest strike put the icing on yet another impressive Colombia win, this time against Japan. Bursting through the Japan defence, the Monaco forward finished with a delicate chip over the advancing keeper. Just lovely.

 

2. Bite of the day

What can you say about Luis Suarez? Giorgio Chiellini becomes the vampire’s latest victim, with many calling for Suarez to be banned from the rest of the World Cup. Chiellini described Suarez as “a sneak” and FIFA have confirmed they will investigate the incident. In the meantime, experts have urged the Liverpool striker seeking out some sort of therapy for his problem.

 

3. Late drama of the day

What a story in Fortaleza. Greece hadn’t scored a single World Cup goal this year until tonight. After taking the lead against Ivory Coast, Wilfried Bony’s equaliser appeared enough to put Ivory Coast through. But a 93rd minute (hugely debatable) penalty won and scored by Georgios Samaras puts Greece through and the Elephants out. Incredible.

 

4. Oldest player of the day

Colombian goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon became not only the oldest player of the day, but the oldest in World Cup history when he came on for the last five minutes of Colombia’s 4-1 win over Japan. The veteran stopper, who has recently ended his domestic career with Colombian side Deportivo Cali, is 43 years old.

 

5. Banner of the day

You cannot accuse the England fans of not having a sense of humour about their side’s pathetic performance in Brazil.

 

6. Controversial red card of the day

Italy’s Claudio Marchisio was shown a straight red card for his second half challenge, a decision that turned the game in Natal in Uruguay’s favour. The decision caused uproar in the Italy dugout and it was several minutes before the coaching staff accepted the decision and allowed the game to restart.

 

7. Retirements of the day

Italian legends Andrea Pirlo and Gianluigi Buffon, England pair Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard plus Ivory Coast’s Didier Drogba, are all expected to officially announce their respective retirements from international football in the coming weeks. A fine quintet that bowed out on the same night.

 

8. Celebration of the day

Not for the first time, Colombia scoop the ‘Unibet Celebration of the Day’ award for another brilliantly choreographed routine after scoring against Japan, this time inspired by Michael Jackson's Thriller. We need more of this in football.

 

9. Resignation of the day

The Italy coach Cesare Prandelli, a popular figure despite Italy’s first round exit in Brazil, decided enough was enough and tendered his resignation just minutes after their controversial defeat by Uruguay. Italy have failed to go beyond the group stages of the World Cup since winning the tournament in 2006.

 

10. Crossbar challenge of the day

Before clinching their vital win over Ivory Coast, Greece managed to hit the bar an astonishing three times. Amazing!