Live 2014 FIFA World Cup Commentary for June 13

Ivory Coast vs. Japan 2014 FIFA World Cup

Ivory Coast 2, Japan 1

Keisuke Honda, Japan (16′)

Wilfried Bony, Ivory Coast (64′)

Gervinho, Ivory Coast (66′)

7:55 pm: Thank you for joining me for this match. This is Chris Blakely and I enjoyed bringing you the action tonight. Matthew Evans will be back with you tomorrow at 11am EDT for more live coverage.

90+6: And there is the final whistleIvory Coast 2, Japan 1

90+6: Konan being helped off for the second time.

90+4: The Blue Samurai pushing for the tying goal.

90+1′: There will be minutes of stoppage time.

90′: Ivory Coast with another corner. Played short.

88′: Drogba is all over the pitch tonight.

86′: Japan SUB: Shinji Kagawa (out) Yoichiro Kakitani (in) 

85′: Drogba inches away from putting this match away for good.

84′: Drogba fouled at the mid-line.

84′: Japan chasing the game now. Ivory Coast doing a good job of playing keep away.

82′: SAVE! Drogba takes the shot and its on frame and the keeper pushes it out for a corner.

81′: Dogba fouled about 30 yards from goal.

78′: Ivory Coast SUB: Wilfried Bony (out) Konan Ya (in)

75′: Ivory Coast SUB: Arthur Boka (out) Constant Djakpa (in)

74′: Ivory Coast playing a man down right now with Boka on the sideline.

72′: Boka for the Ivory Coast stretchered off. Looks like he is cramping.  

70′: Drogba has made a huge impact since he entered the match.

67′: Japan SUB: Yuya Osako (out) Yoshito Okubo (in)

66′: GGGGOOOOOAAAAALLLLLL!!!!!!!!! Ivory Coast. Gervinho

64′: GGGGGGOOOOOOAAAAALLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!! Ivory Coast. Wilfried Bony

64′: Masato Morishge picks up a yellow card. Now both of Japan’s  center defenders are on yellow cards.

62′: Ivory Coast SUB: Die Serey (out) Didier Drogba (in) Midfield for Forward.

59′: Soloman Kalou misses to the left. Keeper had it covered

58′: Toure down in the box. No foul called. Didier Zokora given a yellow for what I assume is dissent.

55′: Souleymane Bamba earns a yellow card after his hard foul on Shinji Kagawa

54′: Japan SUB: Makoto Hasebe (out), Yasuhito Endo (in) 

53′: Japan having the better part of possession so far in the second half.

50′: Hasebe with the shot just to the left of goal.

48′: Ivory Coast with their best chance of the game and Wilfried can’t put the header on target.

46′:  Japan gets the second half started.

45+1′: And there is the halftime whistle. Japan head to the locker room with a 1-0 lead on Keisuke Honda‘s goal in the 16’ minute.

45′: There will be One Minute of stoppage time.

45′: Ivory Coast pressing hard for the tying goal before halftime. Japan not having it.

43′: Kalou with the header and he can’t get it on frame.

41′: The referee is letting the players play. Not calling a lot.

39′: Shot sent over the top of the goal by Wilfried

37′: Rain coming down steady in Recife.

35′: A laser of a shot from Boka and saved by Kawashima.

34′: Gervinho earns another corner kick for Ivory Coast.

30′: Gervinho earns a free kick at the top of the box. Dangerous spot here.

27′: Ivory Coast asking for a handball in the box. I don’t see it.

24′: Toure  sends the free kick high above the goal.

23′: Yoshida earns a yellow card after a hard foul on Die of the Ivory Coast at the top od the 18yard box.

21′: SAVE! by Barry as Uchida took a shot on goal from point blank range. Out for a corner.

18′: Die of the Ivory Coast warned by the referee after a hard foul on Honda.

16′: GGGOOOAAALLLL!!!!!!!! Japan as Keisuke Honda fires it into the upper left hand corner.

15′: Japan wins another corner. Ball sent in by Honda and cleared for a throw in

13′: Cross sent in by Japan but the Ivory Coast goal keeper was there to collect.

12′: Japan has been enjoying a little spell of possession these last few minutes.

8′: Ivory Coast having a good spell of possession to begin the match.

6′: First shot of the match by Ivory Coast and it sails way over the goal after a deflection. Ivory Coast corner.

5′: Another cross sent in by Ivory Coast but there is nobody in the box.

3′: Cross sent in by Kalou and it is cleared for an Ivory Coast corner. Japan clears the area.

1′: First corner of the match goes to Japan. They play it short and Ivory Coast clear it.

1′: And we are underway #CIVvJPN

5:57 pm: Thank you for joining us today. You can reach me on Twitter @TheRealCBlakely

5:56 pm: It is now time for Japan’s National Anthem.

5:55 pm: Ivory Coast‘s National Anthem is first.

5:53 pm:  Both teams are in the tunnel preparing for the walk out. Japan  are wearing blue while the Ivory Coast are wearing orange.

5:20 pm: And here is the starting lineup for Japan: (4-4-2)

#1 Eiji Kawashima — GK
#2 Atsuto Uchida — DEF
#5 Yuto Nagamoto — DEF
#6 Masato Morishige — DEF
#22 Maya Yoshida — DEF
#4 Keisuke Honda — MID
#10 Shinji Kagawa — MID
#16 Hotaru Yamaguchi — MID
#17 Makoto Hasebe — MID
#9 Shinji Okazaki — FWD
#18 Yuya Osako — FWD

5:12 pm: Here are the starting lineups first for Ivory Coast: (4-3-3)

#1 Boubacar Barry — GK
#3 Arthur Boka — DEF
#5 Didier Zokora — DEF
#17 Serge Aurier — DEF
#22 Sol Bamba — DEF
#9 Cheick Tiote — MID
#19 Yaya Toure — MID
#20 Serey Die — MID
#8 Soloman Kalou — FWD
#10 Gervinho — FWD
#12 Wilfried Bony — FWD

5:11 pm: Please welcome in Chris Blakely as he will take you through this match from Group C.


England vs. Italy 2014 FIFA World Cup

England 1, Italy 2

Claudio Marchisio, Italy (35′)

Daniel Sturridge, England (37′)

Mario Balotelli, Italy (50′)

4:56 pm: Thank you for joining me for today’s live commentary. I am signing off for today but I will be back with you tomorrow morning a little after 11 am Eastern and 8 am Pacific with coverage of all three matches!


90+5′: And there is the final whistle with the final score: Italy 2, England 1.

90+4′: CROSSBAR! Andrea Pirlo beats Joe Hart but cannot beat the corssbar.

90+3′: Thiago Motta draws a foul.

90+2′: Sterling picks up a yellow for a foul on Marco Parolo.

90+1′: Ciro Immobile gets behind the England defense but he is offside.

90′: Another off-balance shot goes wide. 5 minutes of stoppage time.

89′: Sterling makes a run towards goal, his shot is deflected out for a late corner.

87′: Rooney gets a good look but like everything else in this second half, it has gone over.

85′: Gerrard takes the free kick and it is over the bar.

84′: Lallana earns a free kick after being fouled by De Rossi.

84′: Cahill is now down with a cramp.

81′: Glen Johnson with a prime chance to get in a good cross but the ball is waaaaay out of play.

79′: Subs for both nations: Italy: Candreva (Out), Parolo (In): England: Sturridge (Out), Lallana (In)

77′: SAVE! Sirigu with a save on a fine free kick from Baines. Out for a corner which was poorly taken by Wayne Rooney.

75′: Italy is just tempting England to break them down defensively. Sturridge earns a free kick in a dangerous position.

72′: BREAKING NEWS: Australia defender Ivan Franjic will miss the rest of the World Cup after tearing his hamstring in their 3-1 loss to Chile.

72′: Italy Sub: Balotelli (Off), Immobile (In). England Sub: Henderson (Off), Wilshere (In)

71′: A nice ball for Sterling is knocked out for a corner.

69′: Gary Cahill with a rough foul on Mario Balotelli. He is lucky to not see yellow for that.

68′: Leighton Baines continues to struggle at left-back, could we see Luke Shaw in the next match?

68′: Italy is starting to play keep away between their defenders

64′: Darmian with a good chance that is stopped, Barkley with a look at the other end but is saved. Raheem Sterling is cramping and two Italian players were helping him out.

62′: ROONEY MISS! Rooney gets open in the box but puts the shot just wide.

61′: England sub: Ross Barkley (In), Danny Welbeck (Out)

60′: Italian fans showering the pitch with “Oles!” Balotelli nearly gets to a cross, could have put this match away.

59′: Sterling gets behind the defense but his cross is behind Sturridge.

57′: Italy Sub: Verratti (Out), Thiago Motta (In)

56′: Gerrard pulled down in the box, no call. Should have been a penalty in my eyes.

55′: England is putting sustained pressure on the Italy goal, then earn a corner.

54′: Wayne Rooney takes a shot from a tough angle but puts it just wide. That had Sirigu beat.

51′: Sturridge with a great individual effort to get in the box but is dispossessed.

50′: GOOOAAAAALLLL!!!! ITALIA!!!! MARIO BALOTELLI!!!! The header on the back post after a superb cross from Antonio Candreva.

49′: Sturridge with a shot from distance that forces Sirigu to make a diving save. Out for a corner to England.

46′: ESPN reports that England physio is out with a dislocated ankle. Ouch.

45′: England gets us started moving right-to-left on your keyboard.

4:02 pm: The first half was very entertaining. Will the second half match the first? We are about to find out.

45+2′: POST!!! Italy with a last-second chance that beats Joe Hart but not the post. Whistle blows for halftime and it is 1-1 at the break.

45+2′: SAVE!!! Mario Balotelli attempts to chip Joe Hart but Phil Jagielka is there to pull the ball off the line.

45+1′: Two minutes of stoppage time.

45′: A good run from Matteo Darmian leads to a shot that goes over the bar. Leighton Baines and Gary Cahill are struggling on the left side of defense.

43′: I think Sturridge was just surprised that pass from Rooney made it to him.

40′: Looks like the England physio injured his leg during the goal celebration, he was stretchered off the sidelines.

39′: There is someone getting medical attention on the sidelines, that is the reason for this delay.

37′: GOOOOOAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLL!!!! ENGLAND!!!! Daniel Sturridge gets on the end of a lovely ball from Wayne Rooney and we are tied!

35′: GOAL! ITALY!!! Claudio Marchisio with a low shot from distance that goes through a crowd and past Joe Hart.

33′: Good run from Matteo Darmian but Mario Balotelli could not get a solid header on the cross.

33′: Poor free kick from Steven Gerrard

32′: Italy looks over the top but the ball rolls to Joe Hart. Daniele De Rossi gets a warning from the ref after a two-footed tackle on Wayne Rooney.

29′: Raheem Sterling is everywhere today. Would you believe that it’s only his 5th cap?

26′: More back and forth action, a foul called on Italy and a poor free kick taken for England. Other than that, possession being held for both teams not much attacking.

23′: Balotelli with a shot from distance but it is over. On the other end Welbeck with a low cross deflected by a defender and almost to the forehead of Sturridge.

22′: WOW! Danny Welbeck was knocked over in the box as he ran through the box. No call from the referee.

19′: Joe Hart is nearly caught napping on a quick shot from Antonio Candreva. Thankfully the rebound fell to a white shirt.

17′: It looks like Italy is focusing their attack on Leighton Baines at the left-back spot.

16′: Glen Johnson with an off-balanced hit that goes wide.

13′: Nice run by Daniel Sturridge, using his pace to get behind the defense. No chance comes of it.

11′: Danny Welback gathers up a loose ball at the top of the box but puts his volley wide.

10′: End to end action here which was not expected considering the conditions in Manaus.

8′: Cries for a hand ball on Glen Johnson, there was contact but it was ball to hand and his hand was in a natural position against his body.

5′: SAVE!!! Jordan Henderson hits one from distance but Sirigu is equal to the task.

4′: MISS!!! Raheem Sterling takes an ambitious shot that nearly catches Sirigu. It is out for a goal kick.

3′: Italy with some quick ball movement up the field. Jagielka clears the low cross.

2′: Early foul called on England. Roy Hodgson’s men are putting pressure in the Italian half.

1′: We are underway! #ENGvsITA

2:59 pm: And here we go, the Italians will get us started kicking from right-to-left on your keyboard.

2:53 pm: The teams are in the tunnel. England will be in their white kits, Italy will be in blue. WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE! The national anthems are next.

2:50 pm: I love seeing all of the England flags draped around the stadium for matches with their national team.

2:46 pm: It seems like most people believe that this match will end in a 0-0 draw. I don’t think they could be any more wrong. I see at least 3 or 4 goals in this match.

2:34 pm: The hype for this match has been very high ever since this match-up was known during the draw back in December. What a match-up we will be in store for here. We are very glad that you are joining us here on Stoppage Time Soccer.

2:32 pm: It will be interesting to see how the conditions, both weather and pitch, effect this clash of former World Cup champions.

2:29 pm: And here is the starting eleven for Italy. They will line up in a 4-1-4-1 formation:

#12 Salvatore Sirigu — GK
#4 Matteo Darmian — RB
#15 Andrea Barzagli — CB
#20 Gabriel Paletta — CB
#3 Giorgio Chiellini — LB
#16 Daniele De Rossi — DM
#6 Antonio Candreva — RM
#23 Marco Verratti — CM
#21 Andrea Pirlo — CM
#8 Claudio Marchisio — LM
#9 Mario Balotelli — FWD

2:27 pm: Here are the starting lineups, first for England. They will line up in a 4-2-3-1 formation:

#1 Joe Hart — GK
#2 Glen Johnson — RB
#6 Phil Jagielka — CB
#5 Gary Cahill — CB
#3 Leighton Baines — LB
#4 Steven Gerrard — DM
#14 Jordan Henderson — DM
#19 Raheem Sterling — RM
#10 Wayne Rooney — AM
#11 Danny Welbeck — LM
#9 Daniel Sturridge — FWD


1:57 pm: The lineups are out for the next match and we will have them up shortly.

1:56 pm: What a match as Costa Rica defeats Uruguay 3-1. Uruguay is in trouble now needing points with matches against Italy and England to go.


Uruguay vs. Costa Rica 2014 FIFA World Cup

Uruguay 1, Costa Rica 3

Edinson Cavani, Uruguay (24′)

Joel Campbell, Costa Rica (54′)

Oscar Duarte, Costa Rica (57′)

Marco Urena, Costa Rica (84′)

Maxi Pereira, Uruguay (90+3′) — SENT OFF

90+5′: FINAL WHISTLE! Costa Rica 3, Uruguay 1. What a match.

90+3′: Costa Rica holding the ball in the corner. Three points to the Tico. An extremely hard foul from Maxi Pereira interesting to see what happens here. SENT OFF!!! Uruguay down to 10 men.

90′: 5 minutes of stoppage time here in the second half.

88′: Costa Rica sub: Christian Bolanos (Out), Michael Barrantes (In)

86′: The country that was given no chance in this group is beating the favorite 3-1!


82′: Costa Rica sub: Bryan Ruiz (Out), Marcos Urena (In)

81′: Martin Caceres goes in the book for a really tough challenge on Cristian Gamboa.

80′: Uruguay with a chance but the cross is too high for Hernandez

76′: Uruguay sub: Hernandez (In), Rodriguez (Out)

75′: Costa Rica sub: Tejada (Out), Cubero (In)

73′: Back and forth action here as Uruguay is looking desperately for an equalizer.

70′: SAVE!!! KAYLOR NAVAS with a huge save off of a quick corner from Uruguay, the pace of the match is picking up.

69′: Another long effort from Costa Rica, it goes wide.

66′: Uruguay cannot defend set pieces to save their lives.

64′: CAMPBELL, MISS!!! Joel Campbell hits from distance and just puts it wide. What a match this is.

63′: Uruguay is shell-shocked right now but that is the beauty of football. You cannot fall asleep for even one moment.

60′: Uruguay Double Sub: Forlan, Gargano (Off), Lodeiro, Gonazlez (In)

58′: Muslera. Was. Frozen.

57′: GOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOS TICOS!!!!! IT’S 2-1!!!!!!! OSCAR DUARTE with the header across goal off of the free kick!!! What a goal!!!!

56′: Walter Gargano goes in the book with a yellow card. A juicy free kick for Costa Rica coming up.

54′: GOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLL LOS TICOS!!!!! Joel Campbell!!!! He cannot miss that one, a great trap on the failed clearance and he fires it past Muslera!

50′: SAVE!! Muslera comes up big after the Costa Rica free kick as Duarte got a free header from 5 yards out.

50′: Diego Lugano picks up the first booking of the match. A yellow card for a late challenge on Joel Campbell

48′: Luis Suarez is tying his shoes will he be making an appearance today?

45′: Kickoff for the second half, Costa Rica will get us going.

12:50 pm: Halftime, I’d love to answer some of your questions! Leave them in the comments below or on my twitter page (@tenorman85)

45+2′: Halftime! Uruguay 1, Costa Rica 0.

45+2′: Joel Campbell is the target again on the cross but his header is over the bar for a goal kick.

45′: 2 minutes of stoppage time here in the first half.

44′: SAAAAAAAAAVVVVVVVVVVVEEEEEEEE!!! KAYLOR NAVAS. Forlan‘s shot deflects and Navas is forced to scramble and make a fall-away save. That is what we goalkeepers call an “oh s**t” save.

43′: MISS! Giancarlo Gonzalez attempts to “van Persie” but he does not get solid contact on the ball. It is out for a goal kick.

40′: Forlan with a shot that goes well wide.

40′: The Costa Ricans are starting to push numbers forward

37′: Uruguay with a majority of the possession but Costa Rica earns a throw deep in Uruguay’s third.

31′: MISS!!! Giancarlo Gonzalez finds the ball at his feet but his attempt is deflected out for a corner.

27′: MISS!!! Joel Campbell with a shot from 30 yards out that just goes wide of the post. Muslera was there just in case.

26′: Great combinations from Uruguay the cross is defended clear by Costa Rica.

24′: GOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL!!!!! URUGUAY!!!! Edinson Cavani finishes off the penalty as Keylor Navas guesses right but just can’t get a hand to it,

22′: PENALTY TO URUGUAY!!! A push in the back on the Costa Ricans leads to a penalty kick.

19′: Costa Rica has played in the Uruguay defensive third more than I had anticipated they would so far.

16′: MISS! Edinson Cavani with a prime chance as the defenders mishit the ball on the free kick. Cavani hooks it wide.

15′: GOALLL!!! NO!!!! It’s Offside. A good call by the German officials.

14′: The Costa Rican fans are making themselves heard in this match

12′: The first attack to Costa Rica  but the header from Bryan Ruiz is over the bar.

9′: Joel Campbell with a nice bit of skill to get through the Uruguay defense but they close him down before he can get a shot off.

8′: A mistake on the back-line for Costa Rica but Keylor Navas is there to clean it up.

5′: As always during these matches, both nations are feeling each other out. Costa Rica has held more possession and also had the only significant attack so far.

1′: Uruguay will get us started moving right-to-left on your keyboard.

11:59 am: Costa Rica is looking to play the role of spoiler in this group, here is their first chance.

11:54 am: Here is the walk out. The national anthems are next!

11:53 am: The teams are in the tunnel with Uruguay wearing their light blue, Costa Rica is in their red and white kits.

11:39 am: This is the ninth meeting between these two nations. Costa Rica has never won before.

11:22 am: Here is the starting lineup for Costa Rica:

#1 Keylor Navas – GK
#3 Giancarlo Gonzalez
#4 Michael Umana
#5 Celso Borges
#6 Oscar Duarte
#7 Christian Bolanos
#9 Joel Campbell
#10 Bryan Ruiz
#15 Junior Diaz
#16 Cristian Gamboa
#17 Yeltsin Tejeda

11:19 am: Here is the starting lineup for Uruguay:

#1 Fernando Muslera – GK
#2 Diego Lugano
#3 Diego Godin
#5 Walter Gargano
#7 Cristian Rodriguez
#10 Diego Forlan
#11 Christian Stuani
#16 Maxi Pereira
#17 Egidio Arevalo Rios
#21 Edinson Cavani
#22 Martin Caceres


11:07 am: The starting elevens are in. They will be posted shortly.


Colombia vs. Greece 2014 FIFA World Cup

Colombia 3, Greece 0

Own Goal, Colombia (6′)

Teo Gutierrez, Colombia (58′)

James Rodriguez. Colombia (90+3′)

90+4′: FINAL WHISTLE: Colombia 3, Greece 0, Stay tuned for lineups of the Uruguay-Costa Rica match here shortly.


90+3′: GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAALLLLLLL!!! COLOMBIA!!!! The exclamation mark comes from James Rodriguez, three goals and three points for Colombia today.

90′: Three minutes of stoppage time. Greece in need of two but they will likely not get one.

85′: WIDE! Samaras puts a shot just wide after the ball squirts out to him at the top of the box.

81′: Greece looks really tired, a comeback will not likely be in the cards in this match.

78: Greek Sub: Georgios Karagounis (In), Panagiotis Kone (Off)

77′: SAVE! Kamezis called into action as Arias fires a low shot to his right.

76′: Colombia Sub: Teo Gutierrez (Out), Jackson Martinez (In)

74′: Colombia Sub: Pablo Armero (Out), Santiago Arias (In)

73′: Mitroglou with a poor field switching pass that kills the chance for a Greek counter.

71′: The biggest problem for Greece on these set pieces is that everybody in the box is crashing the goal, they need to keep a man or two between the penalty spot and the top of the box to gather in rebounds.

70′: Oles are starting to ring around the stadium as Colombia hold possession.

68′: Colombia Sub: Abel Aguilar (Out), Alexander Mejia (In)

66′: Greece cannot find space within the Colombia defense. The Greeks are not helping themselves with poor crosses.

63′: CROSSBAR!!!! Gekas with a free header from inside the penalty box and it rings off the crossbar. He is lifted for Kostas Mitroglou.

60′: Greece with a chance on the other end but the cross from Torosidis is too close to the goalkeeper.

58′: GOAL!!!! COLOMBIA!!! IT’S TEO GUTIERREZ!!!! Two touches off of the corner kick and Gutierrez gets the last touch.

56″: Greece Sub: Fetfatzidis (In), Salpingidis (Out)

45+1′: That is the end of the first half with the score Colombia 1, Greece 0.

45′: SAVE!!! DAVID OSPINA!! Panagiotis Kone goes for the far corner but a diving Ospina SAYS NO! One minute of stoppage time.

44′: Taylor Twellmen just said exactly what I was thinking, “I love watching the combination play for Colombia

42′: Colombia cannot convert after two minutes of sustained pressure on the Greek goal.

39′: Holebas misses two back-post runners on the corner kick.

37′: James Rodriguez finds himself open on the back post but he cannot keep his volley down. Goal kick for Greece.

34′: Torosidis earns a corner after sneaking behind the Colombian defense.

32′: SAVE! David Ospina is called into action after a very well-placed shot from Samaras.

31′: Teo Gutierrez has been sent off the pitch by the ref for something most likely blood-related. He will be back on shortly.

30′: Panagiotis Kone sends a shot into outer space. Goal kick to Colombia.

28′: MISS!!! Holebas gets a good free kick in the box but the header from Torosidis goes just wide.

26′: The first caution is given to Carlos Sanchez for a foul on a Greek counter-attack. The defender will need to be careful for the rest of this match.

24′: Greece with some space but Giorgos Samaras takes one too many touches and the chance evaporates.

23′: A nice pass in the direction of Salpingidis but it is just too far ahead. Goal kick coming for David Ospina.

21′: Both nations with ample offensive buildup but no shots to speak of in the last four minutes.

17′: Great defending by Kostas Manolas as Colombia attacked in the box, a tough tackle without conceding the penalty. James Rodriguez with a great look at goal but Orestis Kamezis is equal to the task.

14′: Greece is starting to maintain possession. That is quickly given away due to a high boot by Dimitris Salpingidis.

13′: The pace has slowed down as we have seen four fouls in the last two minutes.

11′: The free kick goes right into the wall and is cleared by Colombia.

10′: James Rodriguez is off the pitch temporarily, looks to be a boot issue. Greece wins a free kick in a dangerous spot about 29 yards from goal.

9′: Is this Belo Horizonte or Bogota? The sea of yellow is deafening.

7′: Panagiotis Kone with a quick chance on the other end but his sliding shot sails wide of the net.

6′: GOAL!!!! COLOMBIA!!!! The shot was deflected by the defender past Orestis Kamezis.

5′: Giannis Maniatis gets the first shot of the game but a nice save to his right by David Ospina.

4′: Colombia with an early change but the Greeks have been stout defensively so far.

1′: KICKOFF: And Greece will get us started.

8:58 AM: The anthems are both completed, now its time for football! Colombia in the yellow kits and Greece are in the blue kits.

8:57 AM: Now the Greek national anthem

8:55 AM: And now it’s time for the national anthems starting with Colombia. The Colombian fans are letting the world know that they have taken over Belo Horizonte today.

8:53 AM: The teams are in the tunnel. We are minutes away from kicking off this first match of four today! We are glad to have you join us for our live commentary.

8:34 AM: And now here is the starting lineup for Greece.

#1 Orestis Kamezis – GS
#2 Giannis Maniatis
#4 Kostas Manolas
#7 Giorgos Samaras
#8 Panagiotis Kone
#14 Dimitris Salpingidis
#15 Vasilis Torosidis
#17 Theofanis Gekas
#19 Sokratis Papastathopoulos
#20 Jose Holebas
#21 Kostas Katsouanis

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8:30 AM: Now here is the starting lineup for Colombia.

#1 David Ospina – GK
#2 Cristian Zapata
#3 Mario Yepes
#6 Carlos Sanchez
#7 Pablo Armero
#8 Abel Aguilar
#9 Teofilo Gutierrez
#10 James Rodriguez
#11 Juan Guillermo Cuadrado
#14 Victor Ibarbo
#18 Juan Camilo Zuniga

8:28 AM: BREAKING NEWS: Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has confirmed that he will miss Italy‘s opener with England scheduled for later on Saturday. This game just turned into a huge chance for the Three Lions.

8:00 AM: Good morning and welcome again to Stoppage Time Soccer’s live commentary of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. I am Matthew Evans and I will be your host through the first three matches on this Saturday, Day 3 of the World Cup. We have some very interesting matches taking place today as the nations that comprise Groups C and D will all make their first appearances in the tournament.

Our first match of the day is the Group C clash between Colombia and Greece. There are some very interesting story-lines going into this match as Colombia is still figuring out their attack knowing that they will be without Radamel Falcao. This first match will not do them any favors as they clash with Greece who has given up just nine goals in their last 16 matches. That match can be seen on ABC starting at Noon Eastern and if you cannot get to a TV, stay here and join in the conversation either in the comments section below or on my Twitter page (@tenorman85).

The second match of the day will feature two clubs who, like Colombia, are also dealing with figuring out their attacks as their star strikers are out with injury, it will be Uruguay and Costa Rica live from the Estadio Castelao. Luis Suarez will not start for Uruguay but he may be available off of the bench if needed late in the match. Costa Rica will be without Alvaro Saborio who broke his foot earlier this month.

The big one takes place third as former World Cup champions England and Italy face off in the Amazon city of Manaus. A story to keep an eye on leading up to this match will be whether Gianluigi Buffon is able to play after an ankle injury suffered in training on Friday. The Italians will already be without fullback Mattia De Sciglio for the opener with the Three Lions after he suffered a calf strain earlier in the week.  This could be the key to England’s attack especially if Roy Hodgson decides to go with Raheem Sterling on the wing, his pace could easily cause havoc for the stout Italian defense.

As of now, I am not aware whether we will have live coverage of tonight’s match between Ivory Coast and Japan but I will give you updates on that situation as the day progresses.

4 Responses to Live 2014 FIFA World Cup Commentary for June 13

  1. This match has evened out a bit since that early Colombian onslaught.

  2. Uruguay is going to run all over them.

  3. Boy was I ever wrong about Uruguay.

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