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World Cup Daily Digest: June 15th

England vs Italy was the big one, but there was plenty of football (and goals) in other matches too.

Warren Little
Match Day Three

Colombia 3 - Greece 0

comprehensive win for the South American side, as they scored as early as the 5th minute through Pablo Armero. Two additional goals in the second half puts Colombia on top of group C.

Uruguay 1 - Costa Rica 3

Uruguay was handed a shock beating by Costa Rica, they took the early lead through Edinson Cavani, but three goals in the second half sunk Uruguay.

England 1 - Italy 2

England showed attacking promise, but ultimately fall short against a well-drilled Italian side. Daniel Sturridge restore parity after Italy took the lead through Claudio Marchisio. Mario Balotelli seal the win with a headed effort.

Côte d' Ivoire 2 - Japan 1

Two goals in the space of two minutes gave Ivory Coast the win over Japan, who took the lead in the 16th minute through Keisuke Honda. The African side is now second in group C, trailing Colombia by goal difference.

Day Four Previews

Click on the link below for previews of today's match, courtesy of the good folks at SBNation.

Switzerland vs Ecuador: The most underrated seeded team from Europe took on South America's perennial dark horse. This match may lack the star power, but could decide who'll be moving on from the group.

France vs Honduras: After struggling in the playoffs, France had the fortune of being drawn into group E (Easy?). They'll be expected to beat Honduras, who is still looking for their maiden World Cup win.

Argentina vs Bosnia: The team boasting the tournament's most dangerous strikers (yes that's plural) takes on the World Cup debutant.

Despite heat, Italy prevails

That was the sentiment shared by Italian players, goal scorer Claudio Marchisio even went as far as saying that "at times the heat seemed to give you hallucinations".

He definitely wasn't hallucinating when he strike that first goal.

Lamouchi keeps feet on the ground; Drogba hails Aurier

Sabri Lamouchi point out that his team is "far from qualified" and still has plenty to do to reach the next stage. Didier Drogba, who's introduction help tip the scales in Ivory Coast favor had this to say about two-assists man Serge Aurier:

"He’s the best right-back in all of France. I think he’ll do well at the next level too, in the Premier League."

Hey, aren't Arsenal in the market for a right-back?

FIFA to investigates drone claim

An unmanned aerial vehicles was spotted at France's training ground, and according to France's head coach, Didier Deschamps, FIFA is looking into the matter.

Debutant Bosnia can make a surprise

Safet Susic believes that despite being the tournament's debutant his side can give a surprise, as well as claiming that this is "probably the biggest thing to happened to our country since the independence".

Suarez still a doubt vs England

Perhaps a mere smokescreen or maybe a genuine (possible) good news, Oscar Tabarez has said that Luis Suarez chance to play against England remains to be seen.

Franjic tournament's over

Ivan Franjic, who was substituted in the 48th minute in Australia's game against Chile, will miss the rest of the tournament with scan revealing a hamstring tear.

Natal in flood alert

After 36 hours of non-stop rain which has caused flooding and landslides in some area, the city of Natal is on high alert as they prepare to host the match between USA vs Ghana on Monday.


Switzerland vs Ecuador (kick-off 17.00 BST)

France vs Honduras (kick-off 20.00 BST)

Argentina vs Bosnia-Herzegovina (kick-off 23.00 BST)