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World Cup 2014 - Day 3 Review

Costa Rica shocks Uruguay, Italy tops England, and more in Day Three action.

"What do you mean we were outnumbered down the left again?"
"What do you mean we were outnumbered down the left again?"
Richard Heathcote

Colombia 3 - Greece 0

No Falcao? No problem for the South American side. Pablo Armero struck in the fifth minute to put Colombia ahead and put Greece's "sit behind the ball until the end of time" strategy to bed early. Teo Gutierrez doubled the lead in the 58th minute, and James Rodriguez added a stoppage time goal to add insult to injury for the Greeks.

Greece certainly had their chances though, most notably an absolute sitter for Theofanis Gekas, who rocketed an open header from five yards out into the crossbar.

Costa Rica 3 - Uruguay 1

Uruguay sleepwalked through much of what turned out to be the biggest shock of the tournament thus far. Edinson Cavani confidently converted a penalty in the 24th minute, but that was the extent of the Uruguayans joy. Joel Campell equalized in the 54th minute, and Oscar Duarte gave Costa Rica the lead just three minutes later. Marcos Urena's 84th minute goal completed a deserved victory for Los Ticos and left Uruguay searching for answers.

Italy 2 - England 1

Leighton Baines had a long, hard day at the office in the Three Lions' loss to Italy. Italian right winger Antonio Candreva was left 1-on-1 with Baines for much of the match, while Wayne Rooney provided little help to his wingmate and Roy Hodgson largely watched on as it happened. Candreva zipped past Baines, who was outnumbered, in the buildup to Italy's decisive second goal early in the second half.

On a brighter note, Phil Jagielka made an excellent goal line clearance near the end of the first half when Joe Hart found himself out of position, saving a certain goal. Ross Barkley also made an appearance as a substitute, but outside of one saved shot, had little impact on the match.

Still, England is by no means in bad shape, with Uruguay putting forward such a poor showing against the Central American champions. Victories against Costa Rica and Uruguay, certainly quite plausible, would still guarantee Baines, Jagielka, and Barkley a trip to the knockout stage.

Ivory Coast 2 - Japan 1

Keisuke Honda notched a first half goal to put the Japanese ahead, but potential Everton target Wilfried Bony and Gervinho struck 100 seconds apart in the second half to put Les Elephants in front for the remainder of the match.