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20:15

UNTIL TOMORROW
It's been another dramatic matchday at the 2014 World Cup with the conclusion of Groups C and D. Uruguay overcame ten-man Italy in Natal to progress to the Round of 16, thanks to a Diego Godin header. Azzurri coach Cesare Prandelli duly tendered his resignation after his side departed the competition. They join group winners Costa Rica in the knockout stages, whose point in an attritional 0-0 draw against England in Belo Horizonte was enough to secure top spot in Group D. The finale of Group C was even more frenetic. Greece reached the World Cup knockout stages for the first time thanks to a late, late Georgios Samaras penalty, which secured a 2-1 win. Colombia rubberstamped top spot in the group, with a comprehensive 4-1 win over Japan, in which 43-year-old Faryd Mondragon came on to surpass Roger Milla's record and become the oldest player in World Cup history. That all means two more knockout ties are confirmed: Colombia-Uruguay at the Maracana on Saturday and Costa Rica-Greece in Recife on Sunday. Join us tomorrow for the conclusion of Groups F and E, where Argentina will be hoping to secure top spot in their group, Nigeria will try and quell tonight's African disappointment by reaching the knockout phases and the race for the second knockout spot behind France in Group E reaches its climax.

Boa noite!

20:10
20:07

GROUP D MEN OF THE MATCH
Two goalkeepers took home the honours earlier today

19:56

SABRI LAMOUCHI, CÔTE D'IVOIRE COACH
"My contract comes to an end at this World Cup and there will be no epilogue and you can understand well as to why...I have put a lot of time and effort into the past two years but unfortunately my story with Ivory Coast ends this evening."

19:55

WHAT YOU MAY HAVE MISSED
There have been several stories around the footballing world that may have slipped through the cracks if you were as dialed into today's matches as we were, so here are a few top stories you should know about.
SOCIEDAD SECURE VELA'S SERVICES
PAZZINI READY TO IMPRESS INZAGHI
HETINGA SIGNS FOR HERTHA BERLIN

19:45

GEORGIOS SAMARAS
"We gave everything we had and in the end the gods and the luck were on our side. We are really proud of our achievement. I am really proud of the result and our team. I hope we gave a smile back to the people in our country."

19:39

WHAT YOU'RE SAYING
Our FIFA.com Club members have been busy on the message boards after today's results. Here is what a couple of users had to say.

mmanos

Yeah baby!!! That's it. Should have scored more goals, lost many chances (4 shots stopped against the post), but that doesn't matter. The thing is we did it. Even on the last minute. Go Greece!!!!!!!!!

by mmanos
mrmominoc

Congratulations Columbia. Best of luck in this mini Copa America (Brasil, Uruguay, and Chile) in the Knockout Rounds!

by mrmominoc
19:36

HAPPY BIRTHDAY LEO
We put together a short video of some of the Argentina No10's best moments in honour of his birthday.

19:35

BUTTON FOOTBALL
Take a look at the slightly peculiar sport of button football if today's World Cup matches haven't satiated your needs yet!

19:27
ALBERTO ZACCHERONI, JAPAN COACH
"It's not been a positive outcome - we're going home and we haven't qualified. I thought we played better tonight than we did in the first two matches, but tonight we faced the toughest opponents in the group. We thought we'd perform a lot better here in Brazil. 
I think I selected the best squad we have. They were the correct ones to bring here, but we fell short."

19:25

GROUP C PHOTOS
We have the best images from the final matches in Group C in a gallery we put together on Facebook.

19:23

FINAL GROUP C STANDINGS
Colombia will play Uruguay in the Round of 16 at the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday and Greece battle Costa Rica in Recife on Sunday.

Standings - Group C

TeamsPts MP W D L GF GA
ColombiaCOL
9330092
GreeceGRE
4311124
Côte d'IvoireCIV
3310245
JapanJPN
1301226
19:15

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19:07

WELCOME BACK 
Group C 
is all wrapped up, after the final two games. Greece's last minute win over Côte d'Ivoire means the European side will join Colombia in the Round of 16. Los Cafeteros land atop the group after beating Japan 4-1, and a record for the oldest player at the World Cup was broken when Faryd Mondragon made a late appearance for the South Americans. We have much to go over, so stay with us as we recap today's action, bring you the latest match reactions, photos and videos, along with providing a preview of what we have in store for tomorrow's Matchday 14. #Joinin the global conversation on TwitterFacebook and Instagram, which are all a part of our World Cup social hub.

16:30
16:06

CESARE PRANDELLI
"I talked to the President of the Federation and Demetrio Albertini, and gave my resignation. The technical set-up didn't work, and I take all responsibility for that. Something has changed since my contract was renewed. I don't know why. I chose a certain technical plan and that's why I am resigning, because it did not work. My resignation is irrevocable."

16:03

ITALIAN FA PRESIDENT GIANCARLO ABETE RESIGNS 
"I would like to announce my resignation. When we get back [to Italy] I will call a meeting with the Federation and hope [Prandelli] will withdraw [his resignation]. I had already made my own decision before the World Cup."

15:57

PRANDELLI RESIGNS
Cesare Prandelli 
has announced he has submitted his resignation to the Italian FA's president after the defeat to Uruguay, who says he hopes Prandelli will reconsider his decision. The former Fiorentina and Roma coach then says he will stand by his decision to step down.

15:51

GREECE-CÔTE D'IVOIRE LINE-UPS
The starting XIs for the Group C clash between the two sides have been announced!

15:44

OSCAR TABAREZ
"We tried to do our best effort and to limit a strong opponent. The way we positioned our players on the pitch was changed due to their midfield. After that the match was as difficult as we thought it was going to be. When you score a goal that means so much I would confess that your heart contracts. It is very difficult to put this into words."

15:44

FIFA YOUTH PROGRAMME
Take a look at this inspiring video and see how more than 3,000 children get to be uniquely involved in the World Cup.

15:42

JAPAN-COLOMBIA LINE-UPS
The starting XIs for the Group C clash between the two sides have been announced!

15:36

GROUP D PHOTOS
We have a great gallery on Facebook featuring the best images from Belo Horizonte and Natal where Australia and England drew 0-0 and Uruguay beat Italy 1-0. 

15:30

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15:29

CONTENT KEYLOR
Costa Rica's goalkeeper tweeted a photo from Los Ticos dressing room after their goalless draw with England and expressed his happiness finishing atop Group D.
"Happy! Round of 16, unbeaten in the (Group Stage). Thanks to God. A hug to everyone back home!!!!"

15:21

ROY HODGSON, ENGLAND MANAGER
"We showed today what a good team we can be. Apart from the first 10 minutes I thought we dominated. I'm pleased we gave the fans something to cheer about with our performance. We outplayed them in midfield."

15:19

GIANLUIGI BUFFON ON ITALY'S EXIT
"It’s a very sad day. It’s a day of failure. This is something that saddens us a great deal. It induces us to reflect on things. Altogether we really need to examine our conscience at this point."

15:19

ENJOYING OUR COVERAGE?
We hope you've been happy with our LIVE coverage of the first two World Cup matches today. We invite you to #joinin the fun and interact with us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. You can see your impact on the Global Conversation in our social hub.

15:17

#SAYNOTORACISM
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15:13

GROUP D DONE
This is how everything shook out in Group D today as Costa Rica and Uruguay move on, while Italy and England head back to Europe early.

Standings - Group D

TeamsPts MP W D L GF GA
Costa RicaCRC
7321041
UruguayURU
6320144
ItalyITA
3310223
EnglandENG
1301224
15:06

WELCOME BACK 
Group D 
is all wrapped up, after the final two games. Uruguay's win qualifies the South Americans for the Round of 16 and in the process sends Italy home. Costa Rica's goalless draw with England was enough for Los Ticos to take first place in the group. We've got all the reaction from the group as well as build-up to Group C's finale, with Japan facing Colombia in Cuiaba and Greece facing Côte d'Ivoire in Fortaleza. #Joinin the global conversation on TwitterFacebook and Instagram, which are all a part of our World Cup social hub. Enjoy the games!

15:00

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14:40

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14:20

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11:57

BRAZILIAN BARBER
Meet Lauro Fernandes Vieira, the Barber of Brasilia who claims to have opened the first football barber shop in the world

11:56

ITALY-URUGUAY LINE-UPS
The starting XIs for the decisive Group D showdown have been announced!

11:54
11:49

COSTA RICA-ENGLAND LINE-UPS
The starting XIs for the Group D match in Belo Horizonte have been announced!

11:41
11:39

BELGIUM ON BICYCLES
Les Diables Rouges arrive at training on two wheels today!

11:37
11:37

HE'S GOING THE DISTANCE, HE'S GOING FOR SPEED
Take a look at some of the best stats from the Group Stage so far. You can find out who has covered the most distance, who is the fastest ahd much more. Serge Aurier, for example, is currently clocked as the fastest player at Brazil 2014.

Player Statistics

Côte d'Ivoire
Côte d'IvoireCIV
Defender
  • Total Goals scored0
  • Assists2
  • Attempts On Target0
  • Yellow/Red cards0 / 0
  • Fouls committed/suffered2 / 0
  • Passes (complete)61 (44)
  • Passes Completion Rate72.13%
  • Tackles5
11:31

D THEN C
We round-up a collection of recent news regarding today's teams competiting in their final Group Stage matches, with Group D getting us underway before Group C takes over later in the day.
ZACCHERONI: WHOLE TEAM MUST STEP UP
BELIEF THE KEY FOR GONZALEZ AND URUGUAY
YOUNGSTERS BARKLEY, SHAW TO START FOR ENGLAND
ITALY'S DARMIAN LIVING THE DREAM
SUAREZ TARGETS ITALIAN WEAKNESSES
LAMBERT: THE WORLD CUP IS RUTHLESS

11:30

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11:25

ALBERTO ZACCHERONI, JAPAN COACH
“We have to be a better team than them. We can’t let them have space, because they’re great at exploiting space. They’re a team I like a lot and they deserve the plaudits they’re getting. On the other hand, I’m intrigued to see how my team do against them.”

11:18

DJORKAEFF EN ROUTE TO ESTADIO DAS DUNAS
The former France midfielder tweeted while he was stuck in traffic on the way to Natal for the Group D clash between Italy and Uruguay.
"And in traffic before the #ITAURU game, good luck to all my friends from Italy!"

11:13

ROY HODGSON, ENGLAND MANAGER
"I've learned how painful it is to build up your hopes and see a lot of good preparation be to no avail because it didn't get us where we wanted. I've learned, although I knew already, that World Cups are unbelievably unforgiving and how a moment of sheer misfortune can throw you into a realm of despair.

11:08
11:07

JORGE LUIS PINTO, COSTA RICA COACH


"There's no secret to Costa Rica's success. It's the result of work we've been doing for some time and the efforts of our players... We seek perfection, excellence, and I've been very happy with my players' efforts... We're ready technically, tactically and emotionally for the next challenges."

11:00

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10:57

FIFA WORLD CUP APP
Are you on the go during today's games? If so, be sure to download the official FIFA World Cup App so you can follow all the action from today's Group C and D matches - and this blog! - while you're away from home.

10:40

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10:36

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10:32

GROUP C AND GROUP D STANDINGS
This is how the tables look before we kick off today. Côte d'Ivoire, Greece and Japan are still able to advance and join Colombia in the Round of 16. England are eliminated in Group D and Costa Rica have already qualified, so Italy and Uruguay will be fighting for a spot in the knockout phase.

Standings - Group C

TeamsPts MP W D L GF GA
ColombiaCOL
6220051
Côte d'IvoireCIV
3210133
JapanJPN
1201112
GreeceGRE
1201103

Standings - Group D

TeamsPts MP W D L GF GA
Costa RicaCRC
6220041
ItalyITA
3210122
UruguayURU
3210134
EnglandENG
0200224
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10:19

FINAL GROUP A AND GROUP B STANDINGS
This is how the first two groups finished after yesterday's action. Brazil clash with Chile in Belo Horizonte on Saturday and Netherlands meet Mexico in Fortaleza on Sunday.

Standings - Group A

TeamsPts MP W D L GF GA
BrazilBRA
7321072
MexicoMEX
7321041
CroatiaCRO
3310266
CameroonCMR
0300319

Standings - Group B

TeamsPts MP W D L GF GA
NetherlandsNED
93300103
ChileCHI
6320153
SpainESP
3310247
AustraliaAUS
0300339
10:15

MATCHDAY 13 PREVIEW
Here's a look at what you can expect today from today's four games. Colombia is through to the Round of 16 in Group C and Costa Rica are the only qualified side from Group D, and with the exception of England in the latter group all teams today can reach the knockout stages, so we should be in for quite an exciting day of football yet again!

10:10

YESTERDAY'S ACTION
In case you missed any of yesterday's games, we've got video highlights from Netherlands 2-0 ChileAustralia 0-3 SpainCameroon 1-4 Brazil and Croatia 1-3 Mexico. If you're just looking to re-watch Monday's goals, take a look at Matchday 12's Goal Trail.

10:00

BOM DIA
Hello and welcome to our coverage from Brazil for Matchday 13 of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. We saw how Group A and Group B finished yesterday, and today we'll bring you all the build-up leading to today's two Group C contests (Italy-Uruguay and Costa Rica-England) as well as today's final games from Group D, Japan-Colombia and Greece-Côte d'Ivoire. It can be a tricky task to keep up with all the action while two games are on at once, but that's precisely why we're here; to keep you covered across each match today through our LIVE blogs. We'll have one blog per game, so no matter which match you choose to watch, you can keep up with the minute-by-minute coverage from the other. Or you can have both blogs open at once! Stick with us here, and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, to find out who will join Colombia in the Round of 16 from Group C and who will make it through Group D.

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