It all comes down to this. The Gli Azzurri of Italy are hanging onto their World Cup hopes, needing a good result against Uruguay on June 24. Unfortunately for Italy, Luis Suarez and Uruguay are going to be trying just as hard to beat them. And did we mention that there are three other great games aside from this do-or-die face-off? Watch below!
The first elimination game of the World Cup did not disappoint yesterday, June 23, as Mexico roared past Croatia and into the Round of 16 — and today the competition’s only getting better. Group C and Group D are still up for grabs on June 24, with Italy going head-to-head with another global superpower, Uruguay, and squads like Cote d’Ivoire and Japan looking to sneak into the next round. Don’t miss a second of the action — catch it all on the live stream below!
World Cup 2014 Live Stream — Watch Italy Vs. Uruguay
Here are the amazing, important matches on tap for today:
12:00 p.m. ET — Costa Rica Vs. England
If you told me a week ago that going into this game, Costa Rica would have a guaranteed spot in the Round of 16 and England would already be eliminated, I would have asked you if it was opposite day. But that’s where we stand, and Costa Rica is actually in good position to win Group D — it’s theirs unless they get blown out by England and either Uruguay or Italy win in a blowout.
12:00 p.m. ET — Italy Vs. Uruguay
This is the big game of the day — and it’s arguably the biggest day of the tournament so far. These are probably the two best teams in Group D, they’ve both won one game and lost another, and only one of them is going to make it to the next round. The terms are simple — if Uruguay wins, they’re in, but if Italy wins or ekes out a draw, they’ll make it through on a tiebreaker.
4:00 p.m. ET — Greece Vs. Cote d’Ivoire
Three teams are still vying for one spot in Group C — these are two of them. All Cote d’Ivoire needs to do today is work out a draw and hope Japan doesn’t win by too much against Colombia. Greece will also be rooting for Colombia in the Japan game, because with a win against Cote d’Ivoire and a Japan loss, they’ll somehow sneak into the Round of 16. I usually try to remain unbiased in these write-ups, but I can’t help it — I really want to see Didier Drogba and his African nation make it through in this one.
4:00 p.m. ET — Japan Vs. Colombia
Colombia has been the best team in Group C by far — they’ve already clinched a spot in the next round, and barring a shockingly lopsided Cote d’Ivoire victory against Greece, they’ll win the group even if they lose this game against Japan. The story here then is more so about the Japanese. If they can notch an upset against Colombia (which may be resting on its laurels) and Cote d’Ivoire can’t win their match, the proud Asian nation will be the team to survive in Brazil.
There is so much at work today — the World Cup is overflowing with drama — so tune into the live stream above, sit back, and bask in the amazingness (Note: to stream the World Cup on ESPN, you must have a cable subscription).
— Andrew Gruttadaro