Hungry for another World Cup recap? Chew on this:
— FOX Sports Live (@FOXSportsLive)June 24, 2014
Suarez’s third career bite for club and country was obviously THE viral story of the day, so we’re going to start with “the ugly” and save the
best good for last. Bon appetit!
Suarez is making a habit of snacking on his opponents (is human flesh really that tasty? Is the joke on us?). The Liverpool star was suspended ten Premier League games for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic last season, and 7 games by the Dutch league for munching on PSV’s Ottman Bakkal in 2010 while at Ajax.
On Tuesday, Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini became Vampire Suarez’s latest victim. Note the bite mark on Chiellini’s shoulder in the picture above. The referee did not see it, so no foul was called, but the rest of the world’s population did and responded accordingly:
SUAREZ BITE. THIS WORLD CUP HAS EVERYTHING— Men in Blazers (@MenInBlazers)June 24, 2014
Suarez going with the ‘if you can’t beat them eat them’ approach.— Sydney Leroux (@sydneyleroux)June 24, 2014
I guess any part of the body is up for eating.— Evander Holyfield (@holyfield)June 24, 2014
The whole biting thing. I just don’t get it. This is a conversation for a 3 year old, not a grown man repeatedly. #Suarez— Julie Foudy (@JulieFoudy)June 24, 2014
Suarez is an absolute disgrace sorry. Biting players is gross and against everything about the game. Talent for sure but no thanks. #URU— Taylor Twellman (@TaylorTwellman)June 24, 2014
Tell me Suarez didn’t eat someone….was the hero a couple a days ago….— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5)June 24, 2014
So glad we don’t have a biter in the women’s game. #ouch— Alex Morgan (@alexmorgan13)June 24, 2014
When the incident first happened, we weren’t exactly sure if Suarez seriously did it again. Good thing we have video replay now:
All the proof I need. pic.twitter.com/rqIVc5V6Ye— Red PierreEmilery (@redrobbery)June 24, 2014
Yup. He really did it. For a THIRD time. Which begs the following, excellent questions:
Does Suarez understand how cameras work?— Jason Davis (@davisjsn)June 24, 2014
How’s he going to blame the English media this time? We’re all at another game.— Daniel Taylor (@DTguardian)June 24, 2014
I ask this with full knowledge no one knows the answer: what the heck goes on in Suarez’s head to make him think that’s OK?— Andrew Das (@AndrewDasNYT)June 24, 2014
So how is Luis Suarez’s heartwarming redemption story going?— Graham Ruthven (@grahamruthven)June 24, 2014
If only these vendors had told Suarez this before the game:
— SNICKERS® (@SNICKERS)June 24, 2014
Hola @luis16suarez, si te quedaste con hambre vení a darle un mordisco a una BigMac ;)— McDonald’s Uruguay (@McDonalds_Uy)June 24, 2014
In Suarez’s defense…
To be fair to Luis Suarez, I can’t resist an Italian sub either.— Jason O. Gilbert (@gilbertjasono)June 24, 2014
— Paddy Power (@paddypower)June 24, 2014
Oh yes, the Internet’s got jokes!
— Fake JP Dellacamera (@fakeJPD)June 24, 2014
— Millz (@Jmmillzz)June 24, 2014
Suarez has bitten more people than Rooney has World Cup goals— Uber Football Fact (@UberFootFact)June 24, 2014
Suarez next match: pic.twitter.com/HolsshOT6x— Sydney Leroux (@sydneyleroux)June 24, 2014
uruguay not concacaf but they hungry like concacaf— Bill Barnwell (@billbarnwell)June 24, 2014
Suarez pic.twitter.com/Y4DfJy528W— The Soccer Life (@TheSCRLife)June 24, 2014
After Suarez’s first two bites everyone said, “Yeah, but can he do it at the World Cup?” I guess dreams do come true.— dirtytackle (@BrooksDT)June 24, 2014
Has anyone checked on Chiellini though? Has he turned yet?— Nick Schwartz (@Nick_Schwartz)June 24, 2014
Suarez completes his 3-course meal with a Pasta Chiellini— Ian Darke (@IanDarke)June 24, 2014
Irony that the Mexican referee, Marco Rodriguez, is nicknamed Dracula and he did not see Suarez’s alleged bite.— Sam Borden (@SamBorden)June 24, 2014
By the looks of it the shoulder could’ve used a bit more salt:
— David Amoyal (@DavidAmoyal)June 24, 2014
Lost in all the commotion of Luis Suarez’s latest hunger attack was the fact that we had to bid adieu to two World Cup legends - Andrea Pirlo and Gianluigu Buffon. The 2006 winners quietly closed the book on what is likely their last major tournament, and certainly their last World Cup.
So say good-bye to Buffon’s tears…
Gigi singing the Italian anthem with his eyes closed is why international soccer should always be a thing.— Jason Davis (@davisjsn)June 24, 2014
…and Pirlo’s glorious beard and hair…
— KICKTV (@KICKTV)June 24, 2014
…and say good-bye to the greatest national anthem at the World Cup:
Though Italy failed to get out of the group stage in each of the past two World Cups now, they’re still doing better than Cote d’Ivoire.
The Elephants’ “Golden Generation” around Didier Drogba and Yaya Toure led the country to the past three World Cups but were eliminated in the opening round on each occasion. None were more heart-breaking than this latest exit, sealed by a Greek penalty kick in stoppage time:
Samaras penalty worst thing to happen to Africa since Toto— Men in Blazers (@MenInBlazers)June 24, 2014
Being kicked from World Cup is sad like a Teletubbies episode ending for a kid— Tancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri)June 24, 2014
This is probably the saddest picture of the entire World Cup:
There was some good that came out of Tuesday. In fact, history was made.
Colombia manager Jose Pekerman provided us with one of the most touching moments of this incredible tournament when he subbed on reserve goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon. At 43 years and 3 days old, he is the oldest player to ever appear at a World Cup, besting legendary Cameroon striker Roger Milla (42 years, 39 days at the 1990 World Cup):
Mondragón rounded off his cameo with an outstanding save. Great moment in what is emerging as a great tournament— James Corbett (@james_corbett)June 24, 2014
Mondragón’s appearance as the WC’s oldest player, 20 years after murder of his friend Escobar, is one of the finest things I’ve seen in a WC— James Corbett (@james_corbett)June 24, 2014
all rise for Mondragon!!!!!— Tim Vickery (@Tim_Vickery)June 24, 2014
Entra Mondragón, 43 años. Momento para la historia de los mundiales.— Julio Maldonado (@maldinisport)June 24, 2014
England should have brought Gordon Banks.— Duncan Alexander (@oilysailor)June 24, 2014
Take a bow,
And hey! Let’s not forget about the Ticos!
Costa Rica completed its trifecta of World Cup surprises by securing a point against against England, meaning the team that was considered dead on arrival before the tournament began did not lose to any of its three opponents in the so-called “Group of Champions.” Good joke, that!
The Ticos now get to play Greece for a chance to reach their first ever quarterfinal:
This is long overdue: Take a bow Costa Rica. Bravo, Ticos. Bravo.— Mike Cardillo (@thatsonpoint)June 24, 2014
England tied Costa Rica, which defeated Uruguay, which defeated Italy, which defeated England. Therefore England defeated itself.— William Easterly (@bill_easterly)June 24, 2014
America (CONMEBOL+CONCACAF) vs. Europe (UEFA) in #Brazil2014: AMERICA: 8 wins EUROPE: 3 wins +2 draws— MisterChip (English) (@MisterChiping)June 24, 2014
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