Day 3 saw three more games and 10 more goals scored in the 2014 World Cup finals.
Colombia took on Greece in the days first game which saw Colombia take command of the game and Greece failing to hit the back of the net despite numerous chances to do so. Columbia ended up being worth victors in this game with goals from Armero, Gutiérrez and Rodríguez. Greece never really recovered after going 1-0 down after only 5 minutes.
Uruguay played Costa Rica in a game which everybody thought would be a formality and it appeared to be so when Edison Cavani scored the first goal of the game but then Uruguay went missing and Costa Rica, who had never beaten Uruguay before scored three goals from Campbell, Duarte and Ureña. This was the first real shock result of the tournament as the semi-finalists of the last World Cup just couldn’t contain Costa Rica and were totally off the boil. Suarez didn’t play, but I am not that his presense would really have changed the final result muchly to be honest.
England took on Italy in the final game of the day which was a thrilling game with Italy coming out on top overall. It was a shame really as we played really, really well and we attacked and attacked and attacked but nothing seemed to be enough to beat the Azzurri.
Italy took the lead with a goal from Marchisio which came from a corner which we totally failed to deal with. Sturridge equalised within five minutes to bring us level and in the second half Balotelli got on the end of the cross and put Italy 2-1 ahead which turned out to be the final results depsite all our efforts.
We had plenty of crosses into the box but there just weren’t people on the end of them. Rooney had a shot, which was well saved, which he would normally put away for fun and there were other examples of where we should have buried chances which weren’t to be. We nearly had a penalty shout but it wasn’t given and, in all honesty, it probably wasn’t a foul so the fact that it wasn’t given wasn’t as contraversial, even though it was worse than some of the penalties that have been given in this tournament so far.
Pirlo almost put the game totally beyond us with a beyond laconic free kick which smashed against the bar but, they had already done enough to win the game, and we ended up the losers in a game where we played the best we have played for many a year.
Still there are still six points to play for in the next week so our World Cup is far from over.