You wouldn’t think a day that saw ten Greeks keep a full Japanese team from scoring would be eventful. But it was. Oh, yes. So eventful that it is impossible to pinpoint just one or two things that were either good, bad or ugly. But we’re going to try, because we love you.
There was certainly a lot of Good on Thursday. Right away, we started the day dancing along happily with the Colombians. They won two games at the World Cup for the first time ever and and would later seal progress to the Round of 16 thanks to Japan drawing Greece:
Huge win for best dancers in World Cup.— Michael Davies (@embassydavies)June 19, 2014
Invite the Colombian soccer team to every wedding.— Ryan Nanni (@celebrityhottub)June 19, 2014
It’s safe to say the fans at that game were having a ton of fun, too — even after James Rodriguez killed off the giant inflatable soccer ball that made its way onto the pitch:
Whoever kicked that ginormous ball on to the field is a legend.— Sydney Leroux (@sydneyleroux)June 19, 2014
— 8bit-Football.com (@8bitfootball)June 19, 2014
And guess what? Zlatan Ibrahimovic arrived in Brazil to take in the World Cup match between England and Uruguay! That’s good, right? Well, maybe equal parts good and bad. Good because having Zlatan around makes everything better; bad because we’d rather see him on the pitch than, say, any player on Greece or Japan. Have we mentioned how dreadful that game was yet?
— IAN PAUL JOY (@JOYPAULIAN)June 19, 2014
But the best — no, greatest — thing about Thursday was the return of Luis Suarez. The Premier League’s top scorer didn’t play in Uruguay’s 3-1 loss to Costa Rica - he was still recovering from a knee surgery that was done less than a month ago - but he returned in a big way against England. Against an England side that featured five of his Liverpool teammates, Suarez scored two goals off four shots to push the Three Lions to the brink of elimination:
I must say, Suarez is a phenomenon. His performance defies belief!— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) June 19, 2014
SUAREZ!!!!! You’re insane.— Sydney Leroux (@sydneyleroux)June 19, 2014
Awkward for Liverpool fans.— Red (@ThatBoyGiggsy)June 19, 2014
Goalkick. Header. Absolute savage finish. There is a monster, and his name is Suarez. 2-1, Uruguay.— Sam Borden (@SamBorden)June 19, 2014
Sorry England. I can save your Queen, but not Suárez. #WorldCup2014— God (@TheTweetOfGod)June 19, 2014
If anybody’s going to introduce the Cassell Dance to soccer, it’s Luis Suarez.— Bill Barnwell (@billbarnwell)June 19, 2014
Play it again, Sam!
Even better? Suarez went over to console his Liverpool teammates on the losing side:
Because sometimes you need a friend to raise…and be stronger. pic.twitter.com/am8IfiO61S— Luis Garcia (@LuchoGarcia14)June 19, 2014
You mean, besides that Japan-Greece match? Well, let’s start where we left off in “The Good” - the England-Uruguay match.
Did you notice anything about both of Luis Suarez’s goals? They had a little help from England captain Steven Gerrard. On the first, Gerrard lost the ball that led to the Uruguayan counterattack. On the second, it was the Liverpool skipper who headed on Fernando Muslera’s goal kick… straight into Suarez’s path:
Steven Gerrard does what hes been doing all season - assisting Luis Suarez— EPL Stat Man (@EPLStatman)June 19, 2014
Again Gerrard? Again Gerrard? Really? Really??— Tancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri)June 19, 2014
Well, at least he didn’t slip.— Graham Ruthven (@grahamruthven)June 19, 2014
Yup, the past two months clearly haven’t been kind to Gerrard. But he wasn’t alone to blame for the loss, England fans. Remember when your manager, Roy Hodgson, insinuated that Suarez *wasn’t* world-class?
Why would Hodgson ever question the credentials of #LuisSuarez Absolutely ludicrous— keith costigan (@KeithCostigan)June 19, 2014
England beaten by goals from Balotelli and Suarez. Could have written this script in December.— Tom Williams (@tomwfootball)June 19, 2014
Speaking of Balotelli, “Super Mario” is considered one of the “bad boys” of soccer, so it’s not a surprise that the former Manchester City striker couldn’t help but poke fun at England’s plight:
If we beat Costa Rica i want a kiss,obviously on the cheek, from the UK Queen.😂😂😂.— Mario Balotelli (@FinallyMario)June 19, 2014
Your move, Queen Elizabeth.
The Japan-Greece game was unattractive, but what was really ugly was what happened to Uruguay’s Alvaro Pereira. He caught a knee from England’s Raheem Sterling — and was knocked out cold. With all we know about concussions these days, there’s no way Pereira should have been allowed back on the field. But the ref — and his own trainers — let him play on.
Pereira is saying he’s OK, but I don’t think he can (or should) continue.— FOX Soccer Trax (@FOXSoccerTrax)June 19, 2014
Pereira was clearly - clearly - out cold on his back needing to be revived. Now he’s playing. That is just insane.— Sam Borden (@SamBorden)June 19, 2014
Football has learned its Lloris lesson, I see.— Graham Ruthven (@grahamruthven)June 19, 2014
Dramatic scenes as Pereira practically pulled off field by AUF official, who makes the sub sign. Angry player gets his way and re-enters.— Brian Straus (@BrianStraus)June 19, 2014
Disappointing to see another clear concussion in soccer completely ignored by the medical staff/coaches. FIFA has to address this #URUvsENG— Aaron Gray, M.D. (@MizzouSportsDoc)June 19, 2014
Head injuries are no joke. Let’s hope FIFA follows the doctor’s advice, because frankly, anybody who looks like THIS:
…should NOT be playing.