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Wednesday 25 June 2014

World Cup review: Ivory Coast exit after penalty drama

African nation out after defeat by Greece, while Gaston Ramirez helps Uruguay stun Italy

World Cup gallery of BPL players - 24 June

Greece 2-1 Ivory Coast

A penalty in stoppage time by former Manchester City striker Georgios Samaras earned Greece victory against Ivory Coast and a last-16 match against Costa Rica.

Ivory Coast started with three Barclays Premier League players, Kolo and Yaya Toure and Cheikh Tiote. It was Tiote's misplaced pass that allowed Andreas Samaris to give Greece a half-time lead that was almost doubled by a 30-yard shot that hit the bar from Georgios Karagounis, who played for Fulham last season.

Swansea City striker Wilfried Bony came on for Tiote in the second half and levelled the tie with a neat finish from Gervinho's layoff with a quarter of an hour remaining. It was his second goal of the tournament. The draw was enough for Ivory Coast in Group E but Giovanni Sio fouled Samaras in the area and the forward, who scored eight Barclays Premier League goals for Man City between 2005 and 2008, converted from the spot.

BPL players to feature
Ivory Coast:
Kolo Toure (Liverpool), Yaya Toure (Man City), Cheick Tiote (Newcastle United, sub: 61 mins). Sub: Wilfried Bony (Swansea City, 61 mins).

Italy 0-1 Uruguay

Southampton's Gaston Ramirez came off the bench to set up the goal that took Uruguay through to the last 16 with victory over Italy in Group D.

Liverpool's Luis Suarez came close to breaking the deadlock in the first half but his shot was parried away by Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon. With Italy down to 10 men and holding out for the draw that would send them into the last 16, Ramirez came on in the 78th minute and within three minutes his corner hit the back of Diego Godin and went in to give Uruguay a round-of-16 match against the winner of Group C.

BPL players to feature
Luis Suarez (Liverpool). Subs: Gaston Ramirez (Southampton, 78 mins). Subs not used: Sebastian Coates (Liverpool), Diego Lugano (West Bromwich Albion)

Costa Rica 0-0 England

England gained their first point of the World Cup with a draw against Group D winners Costa Rica. After Arsenal's Joel Campbell had come close to giving Costa Rica an early lead with a deflected shot, an England side with nine changes from that which lost to Uruguay largely dominated.

Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge had the best chances for England with shots that narrowly went wide, while Ben Foster, who became the first West Bromwich Albion player to play for England in 44 yards, tipped a free-kick by Celso Borges on to the bar.

BPL players to feature
Costa Rica:
Joel Campbell (Arsenal, sub: 65 mins)
England: Ben Foster (West Bromwich Albion), Phil Jones (Man Utd), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Chris Smalling (Man Utd), Luke Shaw (Southampton), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal, sub: 73mins), James Milner (Man City, sub: 76 mins), Ross Barkley (Everton), Adam Lallana (Southampton, sub: 62 mins), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool).
Subs: Steven Gerrard (Liverpool, 73 mins), Raheem Sterling (Liverpool, 62 mins), Wayne Rooney (Man Utd, 76 mins). Subs not used: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Leighton Baines (Everton), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Jordan Henderson, Glen Johnson, Rickie Lambert (all Liverpool), Joe Hart (Man City), Danny Welbeck (Man Utd).

Japan 1-4 Colombia

Shinji Kagawa and Maya Yoshida's World Cup is over after a heavy defeat by Colombia. The Manchester United midfielder and Southampton defender both started as Japan looked for the win that might book a place in the last 16, but Jackson Martinez scored twice for Colombia to claim top spot in Group E.

Juan Cuadrado opened the scoring for Colombia from the penalty spot before Shinji Okazaki levelled on the stroke of half-time. After the break Martinez scored either side of James Rodriguez's neatly taken goal to seal a round-of-16 match against Uruguay on 28 June.

BPL players to feature
Shinji Kagawa (Man Utd, sub: 85 mins), Maya Yoshida (Southampton).

Goals scored by BPL teams at the FIFA 2014 World Cup (20)

8 Manchester United
3 Liverpool
2 Arsenal, Chelsea, Swansea City
1 Crystal Palace, Manchester City, Newcastle United, Stoke City

BPL goalscorers at the FIFA 2014 World Cup

3 Robin Van Persie (Netherlands & Man Utd).
2 Luis Suarez (Uruguay & Liverpool), Wilfried Bony (Ivory Coast & Swansea City).
1 Oscar (Brazil & Chelsea), Daniel Sturridge (England & Liverpool), Joel Campbell (Costa Rica & Arsenal), Marouane Fellaini (Belgium & Manchester United), Mile Jedinak (Australia & Crystal Palace), Wayne Rooney (England & Manchester United), Olivier Giroud (France & Arsenal), Moussa Sissoko (France & Newcastle), Peter Odemwingie (Nigeria & Stoke), Nani (Portugal & Manchester United), Javier Hernandez (Mexico & Manchester United), Fernandinho (Brazil & Manchester City), Juan Mata (Spain & Manchester United), Fernando Torres (Spain & Chelsea).

* players classified as BPL players are those registered to 2014/15 Premier League clubs until 30 June, 2014, even if they are to be released or are or have been on loan at another club this season.

­­2014 FIFA World Cup fixtures

25 June (BST)
Bosnia-Herzegovina v Iran
5pm Nigeria v Argentina
9pm Ecuador v France
9pm Honduras v Switzerland

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