Uruguay 1 Italy 0
The first half was most notable for Balotelli's yellow card for an AFL style mark over Alvaro Pereira and Buffon's double save. Chances were hard to come by but something had to give in the second half with Uruguay requiring a win. Suarez shot wide before Marchisio lost the ball and clumsily hacked Arevalo in an attempt to regain possession, referee Rodriguez brandishing a straight red card to set up a tense final half hour.
Suarez got through the defence with Buffon deflecting the ball away for a corner as one sensed a Uruguayan onslaught on the cards. Then an incident one will never forget, Luis Suarez in a tussle with Chiellini, the Uruguayan biting his opponent on the shoulder then going down feigning injury.
Chiellini was understandably furious, displaying the bite marks to the referee with no immediate action taken. Minutes later Uruguay took a crucial lead. Diego Godin headed in a corner in a replica of the last La Liga matchday in Barcelona, Uruguay holding on to secure the win.
Prandelli stepped aside following another disappointing World Cup campaign for the four time winners, all the talk however will be on Suarez and his third biting incident. It is so clear and obvious, as were his two previous incidents, and serious action must surely now be taken by FIFA. It is seemingly a psychological problem, one of the more bizarre non-footballing indiscretions and one must wonder how severe the punishment will be. Liverpool supporters and Brendan Rodgers must be feeling very concerned at this point in time.
Costa Rica 0 England 0
Roy Hodgson made wholesale changes for England's final match in Brazil to wrap up their World Cup campaign.
Sturridge went close for England before Borges' free kick forced a fingertip save from Ben Foster. Sturridge curled his best chance of the game narrowly wide after a nice give and go with Wilshere, however another poor result from England and Hodgson will be lucky to survive.
Costa Rica secure top spot in Group D, one point clear of Uruguay with Italy and England going home. A tremendous effort against all odds from Jorge Pinto and Costa Rica, defying the expectations of much of the football world to march on into the last 16 in Brazil.
Greece 2 Ivory Coast 1
Greece knew anything but three points in Fortaleza and their World Cup would be over. Fernando Santos was forced into two early substitutions, Kone off for Samaris and Karnezis replaced in goal by Glykos. Drogba started for the Ivory Coast but once again their final ball was lacking despite repeatedly getting into good positions. Greece defended well and had a great chance as Samaras released Holebas, his shot smacking the crossbar with Barry beaten.
Just before half time Greece got their reward. Samaris pounced on a disgraceful pass from Tiote, a nice 1-2 with Samaras before beating Barry to give Greece the lead. Yaya Toure showed glimpses of his Manchester City form going into the break but once again Ivory Coast fail to inspire in the first half.
The resumption saw the Ivory Coast trying to pry open the Greek defence but still unconvincing in defence. Lazaros beat Bamba with ease with his shot well side before Salpingidis stung Barry's hands with a powerful drive. Bony replaced Tiote with Greece looking dangerous on the counter attack, Ivory Coast frustrated in attack and continually allowing Greece chances.
Karagounis rattled the crossbar but with fifteen minutes on the clock the Africans finally got their goal. Great work from Kalou to find Gervinho in space, the Roma winger unselfishly squaring for Bony who beat Glykos to put the pressure back on Greece.
Karagounis came off for Gekas and Diomande replaced Drogba, Salpingidis getting in behind the Ivory Coast defence and crossing across the face of goal with no Greek players in sight. Ivory Coast had chances to finish Greece off with Yaya Toure squandering a four on two opportunity as the match headed to injury time.
From out of nowhere a Holebas ball into the box for Samaras saw the Celtic striker go to ground, Sio with the foul as Samaras stepped up and beat Barry from the spot for a dramatic late win for Greece.
Colombia 4 Japan 1
Jose Pekerman gave opportunites to some of his 'fringe' players against Japan and it wasn't long before they were in the lead. Konna fouled Ramos in the area with Cuadrado powering the penalty in for 1-0. Honda had a free kick just wide before Japan equalised in first half injury time. Okazaki produced a great near post header from a Honda cross to keep their World Cup hopes alive.
Pekerman replaced Cuadrado and Quintero with Carbonero and James Rodriguez at half time and it wasn't long before the Monaco playmaker impressed again. He set up Jackson Martinez to score on 55 minutes before playing Martinez in again ten minutes from time, a nice finish from his former Porto team mate to end Japanese hopes once and for all.
The 22 year old wasn't done however, simply too good Yoshida turning the defender inside and out and finishing with class to for his third goal of the tournament and his two assists for Martinez capping an impressive 45 minute cameo.
Japan finish bottom of Group C while Colombia continue to impress with their third consecutive victory in Brazil. Pekerman has his side playing very good football and was able to rest many of his first choice players against Japan, Martinez coming in with two goals to give the Colombian manager some interesting decisions for their next match against Uruguay.