Uruguay, Costa Rica, Colombia, Greece go through

Uruguay, Costa Rica, Colombia, Greece go through

Uruguay, Costa Rica, Colombia and Greece are in. England, Italy, Japan and Ivory Coast are out.

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Uruguay's defender Diego Godin (3rd L) scores the only goal during the Group D football match between Italy and Uruguay at the Dunas Arena in Natal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 24, 2014. AFP PHOTO / EMMANUEL DUNAND

Uruguay, Costa Rica, Colombia, Greece go through

NATAL, Brazil, AFP – Uruguay kept their World Cup dream alive with a 1-0 win over Italy in Natal on Tuesday that sent the four-time champions crashing out of the competition. (Video highlights: http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/videos/highlights/match=300186465/index.html)

Diego Godin scored the winning goal nine minutes from time against Italy to take second place in Group D behind Costa Rica.

Italy, who had Claudio Marchisio sent off in the second half join a growing number of European sides on the World Cup scrapheap after the exit of Spain, England, Croatia and Bosnia.

In Group D's other game in Belo Horizonte, Costa Rica ensured England's miserable World Cup ended with a whimper in a 0-0 draw. (Video highlights: http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/videos/highlights/match=300186484/index.html)

Costa Rica's goalkeeper Keylor Navas (TOP) makes a save from England's forward Daniel Sturridge (R) as Costa Rica's defender Giancarlo Gonzalez (L) and Costa Rica's defender Roy Miller (C) look on during the Group D football match between Costa Rica and England at The Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte on June 24, 2014. AFP PHOTO / ODD ANDERSEN

The result meant Costa Rica win the group, unbeaten after three games, with Uruguay finishing as runners-up.

Costa Rica will play Group C runners-up Greece on Saturday after they scored a last-gasp 2-1 win over Ivory Coast to scrape into the last 16.

An injury time penalty from Georgios Samaras clinched victory for the Greeks and left Ivory Coast players shattered. (Video highlights: http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/videos/highlights/match=300186455/index.html)

Greece's midfielder Andreas Samaris (R) scores a goal during the Group C football match between Greece and Ivory Coast at the Castelao Stadium in Fortaleza. AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINIS

The Africans had recovered from falling behind to an Andreas Samaris goal to level through Wilfried Bony on 74 minutes.

Colombia wrapped up qualification for the last 16 with another impressive win, destroying Japan 4-1 in Cuiaba.(Video highlights: http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/videos/highlights/match=300186457/index.html)

Colombia's forward Jackson Martinez (L) strikes to score a goal as Japan's goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima defends during the Group C football match between Japan and Colombia at the Pantanal Arena in Cuiaba. AFP PHOTO / LUIS ACOSTA

Juan Cuadrado, James Martinez and Jackson Martinez (2) scored for Colombia with Shinji Okazaki the lone scorer for Japan.

The match also saw Colombia substitute goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon make history, becoming the oldest ever player at a World Cup at the age of 43 years and three days.

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  • clinch victory: to win a competition -
  • competition: an organised event in which people try to win prizes by being better than other people - การแข่งขัน
  • defender: a player whose job is to stop the other team scoring in a game such as football - ผู้ป้องกัน
  • draw: a game that ends with both teams or players having the same number of points - เสมอกัน
  • ensure: to make certain that something happens or is done - ให้การยืนยัน, รับรอง, ให้ความมั่นใจ
  • exit: leaving - การออก
  • forward (noun): an attacking player whose position is near the front of a team in some sports - ตำแหน่งกองหน้า
  • impressive: something that people admire because it is very good, very large or shows great skill - ซึ่งน่าประทับใจ
  • injury time (noun): stoppage time; extra allowed at the end of a half of football for stoppages during normal time, especially for injuries -
  • last-gasp (adj): done at the last possible moment -
  • level: (in sports) to score a goal causing the teams to have the same score - ทำให้เสมอ
  • lone: single - เดี่ยว หนึ่งเดียว
  • qualification: reaching the standard necessary to do a job or take part in the final rounds of a competition - คุณสมบัติที่กำหนดไว้, การเข้ารอบสุดท้าย
  • recover (verb): to win back a position, level, status, etc. that has been lost - ได้คืน, ได้กลับคืน
  • runners-up (noun): the competitors who place second (or below) in a competition - รองอันดับหนึ่ง
  • scrapheap (noun): a pile of things, especially of metal, that are no longer wanted or useful - กองขยะ
  • shattered: extremely upset - ถูกทำลายความหวัง
  • substitute: a player who replaces another member of his or her team during a match - ตัวสำรอง
  • unbeaten: not having lost in a single competition - ไม่เคยแพ้
  • whimper (noun): a low weak cry that a person or an animal makes when they are hurt, frightened or sad; "with a whimper": in a way that is not impressive - เสียงร้องคร่ำครวญ,
  • wrapped up: finished -

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