Sergio Aguero Injured

Sergio Aguero Injured

Sergion Aguero Injured

Argentina striker Sergio Aguero is set to miss the remaining World Cup after suffering from a muscle tear in the 3-2 victory over Nigeria.

Though Aguero’s injury could not be confirmed immediately, his miss would be a major blow to the South American’s campaign to capture a third World Cup, this time, on the soil of their great rivals Brazil.

Argentina Newspaper Clarin stated on its website,”This morning the worst news was comfirmed. He has a tear and won’t be able to play any more in the World Cup.” Aguero was taken off during the first half of the match against Nigeria which gave them top spot in Group F.

Argentina next play in Sao Paulo on 1st July, a last 16 knock-out game against Switzerland. Fellow strikers Ezequiel Lavezzi or Rodrigo Palacio could take Aguero’s place. Will they be able to step up and lead Argentina to the quarter-finals?

In other news,

SUAREZ HAS BEEN BANNED FROM ALL FOOTBALL FOR 4 MOINTHS

This came after FIFA opened disciplinary proceedings against Suarez after he appeared to have bitten Italy’s defender Giorgio Chiellini. FIFA has announced that Luis Suarez will serve a 9-game ban for biting Chiellini. On top of this, Suarez has been banned for 4 months from any football-related activity, which means that he is unable to represent Liverpool until the end of October.

His 9-game international ban begins immediately, preventing him from playing against Colombia in Argentina’s last 16 tie and 8 more competitive games. Suarez will also miss Liverpool’s first 9 league games of the season. He also misses the Champion League group stages, which will already be 3 games old when he returns on 1st November.

Suarez has also been hit with a fine of £65,700.

What are your thoughts on the punishment? Do feel free to leave your comments about it. Read up more on the game between Italy and Uraguay here!

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Luis Suaraz

Suarez Strikes Again

Luis Suarez strikes again.

And by this, I don’t mean Suarez scoring another World Cup goal. Suarez has bitten yet another player. And this time the victim is non other than Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini. In the match between Italy and Uruguay – where both teams have to win in order to qualify for the knock out stages – Uruguay has won 1-0 against 10-men Italy.

To refresh some of your minds, these are the scenes of the incident. The image above shows Suarez sinking his teeth into the shoulder of Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini and the image below shows Chiellini pulling down his shirt to display the bite marks on his shoulder.

Luis Suarez Bites Luis Suarez Bites Georgio Chiellini

The first sign that some form of clashing has occurred was the sight of Suarez holding his mouth. Not too far away on the floor from him was Chiellini holding his shoulder. The first impression one would make is ‘Had Suarez been elbowed in the mouth?’

As the replays were made, there was a collective look of disbelief amongst the viewers. Did the Dracula Suarez just strike again? Chiellini then got up and went to the Mexican referee Marco Rodriguez to protest, pulling down the neck of his shirt to expose what appeared to be a bite mark.

The referee had not seen the incident and could do nothing about it. Moments later Uruguay scored, knocking Italy out of the World Cup and almost certainly bringing the curtain down on the international careers of some of the great Italian players of their era – Gianluigi Buffon, Andrea Pirlo, Daniele De Rossi.

Luis Suarez previous controversies:

2010 July – Handles the ball on the line to deny Ghana a winner in the last minute of extra time in the World Cup 2010 quarter-finals. Asamoah Gyan misses the resulting penalty and Uruguay won the shoot-out to reach the semi-finals.

2010 November – Given 7 match ban for biting PSV Eindhoven’s Otman Bakkal on the shoulder while Suarez was playing for Ajax.

2011 December – Given 8 match suspension and fined £40,000 for racially abusing Manchester United’s Patrice Evra despite protesting vehemently.

2012 February – Refuses to shake hands with Patrice Evra at Old Trafford and is described as a “disgraced” by Sir Alex Ferguson.

2013 April – Receives a 10-game ban after biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic.

This is certainty not the first time Suarez has used his mouth literally against opponents. As FIFA opened disciplinary proceedings against Luis Suarez, he could well be on a lengthy ban. But then again, the fact that Suarez would receive his punishment well after the game would do nothing to change the results of the game.

Needless to say, if the referee and seen what Suarez did and gave his disciplinary action, the results would come out differently. Suarez would no doubt be shown the red. The fact that Suarez have been escaped punishment during the match has cost the Italians badly. Suarez has been denying his involvement.

He was quoted telling Uruguayan media,”These things happen in the box. We were in contact, chest against shoulder, and I got a knock to the eye.” Yet, when Suarez fell, video replays clearly shows him holding onto his teeth in pain, as Chiellini showed a visible bite mark.

How can Suarez not feel any sense of shame at his behaviour? At the end of the day, it makes me wonder if Suarez deserves to be on the field at all? I question if Suarez actually respects the game. Certainly, for the ill-disciplined but lucky Suarez, he can be proud to announced that he had just achieved a hat trick of bites while the Italians pack their bag and head home with nothing but pride.

FIFA World Cup 2014

Final Round Of Games

With the final round of games about to start in the World Cup Groups, there is a wide range of possibilities for the 32 teams competing for glory in the FIFA World Cup 2014 Brazil. Here are the various permutations in the last round of Group Stages.

Group A

Qualified: None

Eliminated: Cameroon

Brazil and Cameroon are joint top of the group on 4 points – Brazil on top with 1 goal difference. They will both qualify if they beat Cameroon and Croatia respectively.

If Brazil draw or lose to Cameroon, then Croatia, currently on 3 points could still win the group if they beat Mexico. A Croatia-Mexico draw, and Brazil defeat, would see Brazil eliminated on goal difference to Croatia.

Group B

Qualified: Netherlands, Chile

Eliminated: Australia, Spain

Having secured maximum points in their first 2 games, Netherlands and Chile face each other on Monday, looking for a victory they hope will enable them to avoid facing Brazil in the next round, assuming the hosts top Group A.

A draw would be enough to give the Dutch top spot due to a goal difference of 1 (+5 for Netherlands & +4 for Chile).

Australia and Spain, also meeting on Monday, are battling for pride alone. The 2010 champions need to win to avoid the bottom spot due to Australia’s superior goal difference.

Group C

Qualified: Colombia

Eliminated: None

Colombia are top of Group C with 6 points from 2 wins but need at least a draw against Japan on Tuesday to secure the top spot and the reward of a knock out game against the runners up of Group D.

Ivory Coast, on 3 points, would qualify with a win over Greece in their remaining game on the same day.

Greece, with 1 point from 2 games could reach the last 16 if they beat Ivory Coast to reach 4 points and Japan also with 1 point draw or lose to Colombia.

If Japan or Greece both win, then the second position would depend on goal difference, with Greece needing to catch a 2 goal deficit to Japan. If they ended level on goal difference, it would go down to goals scored over the 3 group games.

Group D

Qualified: Costa Rica

Eliminated: England

Italy will qualify for the knock out games with a win against Uruguay in their game on Tuesday or a draw given their superior goal difference. Uruguay must win to join Costa Rica.

If Costa Rica lose to England, and Italy or Uruguay win, the top 2 teams would finish on 6 points and the group winner would be decided on goal difference. Costa Rica is leading on goal difference of +3 to Italy’s 0.

England, at the bottom with 0 points, need a win to have a chance of catching up with Uruguay or Italy to avoid the humiliation of the last spot. But even that would be impossible if Uruguay and Italy draw.

Group E

Qualified: None

Eliminated: None

With a maximum of 6 points and an enviable goal difference of +6, France look assured of qualification of Group E but do not yet have mathematical certainty.

It would take a heavy Ecuador defeat of France and a big win from Switzerland over Honduras to cause that. Should France win or draw against Ecuador, they would top the Group and face the runners up of Group F in the knock out stages.

Though bottom with 0 points, Honduras could still qualify if they beat Switzerland and Ecuador lose, though goal difference would end up being the deciding factor. Honduras would have to hope the games produce a 5 goal swing between themselves and Ecuador, who are on 3 points like the Swiss.

Switzerland will be hoping France beat Ecuador, which would mean a draw or win against Honduras would promote them to second in the Group.

Group F

Qualified: Argentina

Eliminated: Bosnia

Nigeria and Iran are battling for the second qualifying spot, with Nigeria on 4 points and Iran 1. To have any chance, Iran have to beat Bosnia, who are already out on 0 points and hope that Argentina defeat Nigeria.

A 1-0 win for Iran and 1-0 defeat for Nigeria would leave them level on both points and goal difference. In that scenario, the teams must be separated by goals scored in all matches, then points between them and goals between them. But given Iran and Nigeria would have both scored one goal each in the group, and they drew 0-0 against each other, that would not separate them so there would have to be a drawing of lots.

Group G

Qualified: None

Eliminated: None

Germany and USA on 4 points, Ghana and Portugal on 1.Germany and USA play with each other on Tuesday and a draw would ensure passage for both and top spot for Germany on goal difference. A win for either would open the doors for Ghana and Portugal to slip into 2nd place.

If Germany were to win, Portugal would need to beat Ghana and hope they can overturn the a goal difference of 5 with USA. If USA wins, Portugal would have to win an close a deficit of 8 goals with Germany to pip them.

Ghana have a better goal difference than Portugal, -1 to -4, so if they beat Portugal and USA lose, then Ghana would go through provided they overcome the goal difference of 2 between them and USA.

If Ghana wins 1-0 and USA lost 1-0, both would be on 4 points with the same goal difference. In that case, USA would qualify because they beat Ghana earlier in the Group games.

Group H

Qualified: Belgium

Eliminated: None

Belgium has already qualified on a maximum of 6 points from 2 games. Algeria is in pole position for 2nd place after securing a win against South Korea.

A win for Algeria against Russia would ensure that they go through to the knock out stages. If they draw, Russia are eliminated but South Korea could sneak to 2nd place if they win heavily against Belgium.

If Algeria were to win and Belgium were to lose, Algeria would top the Group on goal difference.

If both South Korea and Russia win, they move to 4 points each from 1 now, and 2nd place to be decided on goal difference between the 2 of them. (Russia has 1 goal advantage now)

If Russia beat Algeria and South Korea draw or lose against Belgium, Russia takes 2nd place on 4 points.

For South Korea to finish second, they would need to defeat Belgium by a healthy margin and hope that Algeria and Russia draw, or Russia win Algeria by a narrow margin.

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