Uruguay’s Luis Suarez, right, reacts after clashing with Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini during Tuesday’s World Cup game. Chiellini accused Suraez of biting him in the shoulder. (Reuters)
SAO PAULO — Uruguay overcame 10-man Italy, 1-0, in their winner-take-all World Cup Group D clash on Tuesday, but the game was overshadowed by what Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini said was a bite by striker Luis Suarez that went unnoticed by officials.
The Uruguay forward, who has twice been banned from club soccer for biting, could face a harsh penalty if found guilty by FIFA.
“We are awaiting the official match reports and will gather all the necessary elements in order to evaluate the matter,” FIFA said in a statement.
With Costa Rica qualifying on top of Group D after a 0-0 draw with England in the other game in Belo Horizonte, four-time former champ Italy is out and Uruguay advances.
Italy coach Cesare Prandelli offered his resignation after the match, which was sealed by a Diego Godin header in the 81st minute.
“At the end of the match I spoke to the president of the federation,” Prandelli said. “I have told them I am going to resign from my position. When there is failure, the person in charge must take responsibility.”
Italy looked to be heading for the battling draw they needed to go through when referee Marco Rodriguez sent off midfielder Claudio Marchisio with a harsh straight red card in the 59th minute for a challenge on Egidio Arevalo Rios.
With 10 minutes to go, Suarez clashed with Chiellini in Italy’s penalty area, and the Italians were still complaining when Godin scored a winner that flew in off his shoulder.
A furious Chiellini pulled down his shirt to show a mark to the referee, and Reuters photographs from the game show what appeared to be bite marks on his shoulder.
GREECE 2, IVORY COAST 1: A stoppage time penalty from Giorgios Samaras sent Greece into the last 16 of the World Cup for the first time with a dramatic victory over Ivory Coast.
The Africans were seconds away from heading into the second round themselves after Wilfried Bony’s 74th minute equalizer looked to have given them the point they needed to progress.
But Samaras went down inside the box and rose to convert the penalty and send his team through to play Costa Rica in the second round.
Substitute Andreas Samaris gave Greece the lead in the 42nd minute beating Boubacar Barry following a mix-up in the Ivory Coast defence.
COLUMBIA 4, JAPAN 1: Jackson Martinez scored twice as Colombia beat Japan to top World Cup Group C with maximum points on Tuesday, earning a second-round meeting with Uruguay in Rio de Janeiro and ending Japan’s run in the tournament.
Colombia, which is in the last 16 for the first time since 1990, finished with four points and will face Costa Rica after their 2-1 win over the Ivory Coast. Japan was last in Group C with one point.
ENGLAND 0, COSTA RICA 0: Costa Rica marched into the second round of the World Cup proudly on top of a Group D containing three former winners after a draw with already-eliminated England.
England keeper Ben Foster touched a curling free kick from Celso Borges on to the bar in the first half while Daniel Sturridge sent two shots just wide for an experimental England team hoping to restore some pride after being eliminated at the group stage for the first time since 1958.