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Matchday 13: A day of World Cup firsts

Tuesday was a day of World Cup firsts, headlined by Colombia and Costa Rica both winning a World Cup group for the first time and Greece advancing to the knockout stage for the first time.

Also, Uruguay defeated Italy to advance to the knockout round in their second straight World Cup for the first time since 1986-1990.

Here are five notes on what was an exciting Matchday 13:

Costa Rica won its World Cup group for the first time in its history with their 0-0 draw against England, advancing for the first time since 1990.

ESPN's Soccer Power Index gave Costa Rica just a 9.7 percent chance to win its group entering the tournament, the only group in World Cup history with three previous World Cup champions (Uruguay, Italy and England).

- Pinto: We came with a victory in mind
- Mitten: Young England fail to deliver again

England had already been eliminated entering the game, the first time it's been eliminated in the group stage in 11 appearances since 1958. The point England earned in the 0-0 draw Tuesday is lowest ever in a group stage.


Diego Godín's 81st-minute goal against a 10-man Italy was his fourth international goal and his first in his last 72 games for Uruguay. It was his first-ever World Cup goal and proved to be the game-winner for La Celeste.

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Italy is eliminated in consecutive group stages for the first time since 1962-1966 with the loss.


Claudio Marchisio's red card in the 59th minute, while the game was still tied at 0-0, was the turning point for both Italy and Uruguay. After that point Italy was on its heels, finishing with just one touch in the attacking penalty area and one scoring chance created from that point on.

Claudio Marchisio's red card turned the game in Uruguay's favour.

That's when Uruguay began chomping at the bit, getting eight touches on the ball in the penalty box and creating five scoring chances, finishing one for the win, after the ejection.


Colombia had already advanced to the knockout round heading into the day, and as the Group C winner, they will play Uruguay in its first appearance in the round of 16 since 1990.

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Three wins by the Colombians at this World Cup makes them the third South American team to win all three of its group games (Brazil has done it six times, Argentina five times).

Jackson Martínez put two in the net against Japan, making him the first Colombian with two goals in a single World Cup game.


Greece scored its third and fourth-ever World Cup goals Tuesday, including scoring first for the first time ever in a World Cup game on its way to its first ever knockout round appearance. Entering Tuesday's game, Greece had been shutout in seven of its previous eight World Cup matches all time.

- Moonda: Greece stun Ivory Coast to progress
- Crocker: Fear trumps glory again

Georgios Samaras' penalty in the 93rd minute was the latest-ever game-winning goal that put a team into a World Cup knockout round in the final group game.

Ivory Coast would have advanced prior to Samaras' penalty kick, but ended up being eliminated in the group stage for the third time in its third World Cup appearance.

In terms of all World Cup game-winning PKs, three of the four latest ones all eliminated African teams from the tournament.