Thank you for following along with the precedings in Natal, where Uruguay's 1-0 win over Italy was enough to send the South Americans through to the Round of 16 at the expense of their opponents. The culmination of Group C commences in a little under two hours' time, and until then we invite you to join us back at our daily tournament blog where we'll review the Group D games and preview what is still to come during Matchday 13.
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FULL TIME: Uruguay take advantage of their numerical supremacy and advance into the Round of 16 as the second-place team from Group D after a tense affair in Natal that ended 1-0 in the South Americans favour. Captain Diego Godin's goal proved to be enough as La Celeste move on and send Italy home. Costa Rica's 0-0 draw against England was enough for Los Ticos to take the top spot in the group.
It's all hands on deck in the Uruguayan defence as they look to hold onto their slim lead that would see them through the Round of 16.
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Italy now move forward and Martin Caceres saves the day with an excellent clearance.
Suarez leads Uruguay on a counter-attack and has plenty of options forward but he elects to go it alone. He beats one defender but is ultimately stopped at the top of the area.
WIDE: Pirlo's free-kick is a good one but misses wide. Muslera plays it safe though and pushes out for a corner.
GOAL! Uruguay's captain heads home the corner and puts the South Americans ahead! The No3 didn't know much about it as it goes in off his shoulder and into the far corner.
Muslera rises well to catch the cross and springs Uruguay on a counter
Prandelli makes a midfield move.
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Prandelli chooses to swap forwards.
Immobile is denied by Gimenez's sliding challenge. They have been battling well on the right side all match.
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GREAT SAVE: Suarez weaves his way through the Italian defence and takes a quick left-footed shot but Italy's No1 gets a hand to it and pushes out for a corner.
Pirlo takes a few touches, looks up and shoots from distance but his effort is rising and goes well over the bar.
Now with a numerical advantage over Italy, Tabarez elects to drop the midfielder Pereira for the forward Stuani.
RED CARD: Claudio Marchisio is given his marching orders after a harsh challenge on Egidio Arevalo. The No8 went studs up into Arevalo's knee.
WIDE: Rodriguez connects on a nice one-two with Suarez to beat the Italian backline and is clear to shoot but he pulls it wide.
Immobile makes a good run down Italy's right, but Jose Maria Gimenez does well to stop the No17.
The Benfica defender comes on for the midfielder.
The midfielder Parolo comes on for the attacking Balotelli.
Egidio Arevalo earns a yellow card only seconds after the half starts with another hard challenge, indicated the tone of the game won't be changing anytime soon.
Uruguay kick off as coach Oscar Tabarez makes one change, as does Cesare Prandelli.
The teams are making their way back out to the pitch for the start of the second half.
We have pictures from both Belo Horizonte and Natal and we feature the best ones from the first half in a gallery we put on Facebook.
HALF-TIME: The first 45 minutes marked by tough tackles comes to an end with neither side able to break through. Uruguay must look to score during the second half as currently Italy will progress to the Round of 16 alongside Costa Rica if the scores remain the same. Meanwhile, it is also goalless in Belo Horizonte between Los Ticos and England.
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Andrea Barzagli clears Suarez's free-kick out for a corner.
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Balotelli releases Immobile down the right side but Godin is up to the task and puts in a great tackle to stop the Italian counter-attack.
Martin Caceres notices Buffon out of position and goes for a spectacular shot from over midfield trying to catch Italy's No1 out but his effort goes wide.
Giorgio Chiellini clears Suarez's free-kick and Italy go back on the offensive.
DOUBLE SAVE: Buffon stops Suarez's intiial shot and denies Nicolas Lodeiro moments later.
Rodriguez makes a blistering run and beats several defenders en route to goal but his final pass cannot find Cavani.
Italy's No17 receives the deflected cross and shoots first time but he can't find he target.
Claudio Marchisio shoots from distance but Diego Godin slides to stop the threat before it reaches Muslera's goal.
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Balotelli goes into the book after putting in a hard challenge on Pereira. Should Italy go through, Balotelli will miss their Round of 16 match after picking up his second booking during the Group Stage.
In Uruguay's first strong foray forward, Suarez passes out to Alvaro Perreira and looks to cross into Edison Cavani but the Italian backline defends well and forces a goal-kick off of Cavani's first touch.
Italy have had the lion's share of possesion in the first quarter of an hour but Gli Azzurri haven't been able to d much with it yet, especially from the several free-kick opportunities they've had.
Pirlo's next free-kick is a deceiving one. The No21 opts to shoot instead of chipping into middle and causes Fernando Muslera to push the ball over the bar.
Andrea Pirlo's free-kick doesn't clear the first line of defence and allows Uruguay to break on the counter-attack.
Luis Suarez sends in his free-kick bending towards goal and Gianluigi Buffon punches clear.
Strong challenges have highlighted the first few minutes in Natal. Both teams are going in hard, looking to set the tone of the match early on.
Mario Balotelli makes a strong run through the centre of the pitch but Cristian Rodriguez pushes the No9 off the ball and regains possession for Uruguay.
Italy, wearing their traditional blue kit, get us underway.
After another emotional rendition of the national anthems, the captains meet at midfield and we're nearly ready to kick off.
DID YOU KNOW?
This is Uruguay’s 50th game in the World Cup. Their first was a 1-0 win over Peru played out on 18 July 1930 in Montevideo.
These are the most-popular line-ups chosen by FIFA.com users.
1 Gianluigi BUFFON, 3 Giorgio CHIELLINI, 15 Andrea BARZAGLI, 19 Leonardo BONUCCI, 6 Antonio CANDREVA, 8 Claudio MARCHISIO, 10 Antonio CASSANO, 16 Daniele DE ROSSI, 21 Andrea PIRLO, 9 Mario BALOTELLI, 17 Ciro IMMOBILE
1 Fernando MUSLERA, 2 Diego LUGANO, 3 Diego GODIN, 6 Alvaro PEREIRA, 22 Martin CACERES, 7 Cristian RODRIGUEZ, 8 Abel HERNANDEZ, 14 Nicolas LODEIRO, 17 Egidio AREVALO, 9 Luis SUAREZ, 21 Edinson CAVANI
THE MAN IN THE MIDDLE
The referee for today's match is Mexico's Marco Rodriguez
"From last year's Confederations Cup, I know how organised they are. If you leave them just an inch they will make you pay. But they have weaknesses as well as strengths, and we will try to exploit those weaknesses. We expect Italy to be tough opponents, but we know what's at stake and we are going out there to qualify.”
In both of the pair’s two prior meetings in the World Cup, Uruguay failed to score. Their first engagement took place in the group round in 1970 and ended 0-0, before Italy prevailed 2-0 in the Round of 16 in 1990. That was the Italians’ last win over Uruguay, against whom they have since conceded two draws and a defeat.
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OSCAR TABAREZ TALKS
The former school teacher talks about his recent success with the Uruguay national team, La Celeste's rich history and more.
The famous Italian hard man, Claudio Gentile, picks a perhaps surprising genius from A Seleção's heyday for his favourite Brazil international ever.
HEAD TO HEAD:
This is the tenth head-to-head meeting between the two sides. Uruguay are marginally ahead in the series with three wins to two, the remaining four meetings having ended drawn. The teams’ last encounter came in the match for third place at the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013, which finished 2-2, though Italy proceeded to clinch third place on penalties.
The starting XIs for the two teams have been announced!
#ITA LINE-UP: Buffon (c), De Sciglio, Chiellini, Darmian, Marchisio, Balotelli, Barzagli, Immobile, Bonucci, Pirlo, Verratti #ITAURU— FIFAWorldCup (@FIFAWorldCup) 24/06/2014 15:26
#URU LINE-UP: Muslera, Godin (c), Pereira, Rodriguez, Suarez, Gimenez, Lodeiro, Arevalo, Gonzalez, Cavani, Caceres #ITAURU #WorldCup #joinin— FIFAWorldCup (@FIFAWorldCup) 24/06/2014 15:26
URUGUAY IN DEPTH
Take a look at La Celeste's team profile and discover more about football in Uruguay.
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Hello and welcome to our coverage of this decisive Group D clash between Italy and Uruguay from Natal. With Costa Rica, who qualified for the Round of 16 after their second match, playing the already-eliminated England, this game will see one team move on and the other head home. Stay with us as we bring you all the build-up from the Estadio das Dunas before we begin out LIVE minute-by-minute coverage as these two teams battle for a spot in the knockout phase.
Estadio das Dunas, Natal