Edinson Cavani

Paris Saint-Germain 1-1 Chelsea

Edinson Cavani’s second-half header denied Chelsea a key away win in the first-leg of their last 16 Champions League clash.

Uruguayan Cavani swept in Maxwell’s delivery from the left hand side nine minutes into the second half to ensure that PSG earned a share of the spoils.

It was his sixth goal in the Champions League this season which makes him the tournament’s third top scorer.

Branislav Ivanovic had initially given the English side the lead with a headed goal of his own 36 minutes on the clock in what was his 30th goal in Chelsea colours and his 27th since August 2010.

John Terry’s low cross was flicked on exquisitely by Gary Cahill into the path of defender number three in the move Ivanovic for the vital away goal for the Blues.

PSG were the ones who looked more likely to go into the Stamford Bridge second-leg with the advantage from the off.

Blaise Matuidi had a header palmed away by Thibaut Courtois and Zlatan Ibrahimovic was foiled seconds later, again with a headed effort.

Chelsea took the lead against the run of play, but the Parisians were not deterred, with Ibrahimovic coming close again, denied by Courtois’ feet and then Cesar Azpilicueta blocked Matuidi’s goal-bound shot.

Cavani had another go in the closing stages, but shot wide after a neat bit of footwork but this was a match with little goal-mouth action.

Jose Mourinho’s side were below par but that away goal gives them advantage for the rematch in three weeks’ time.

Uruguay 2-1 England: Super Suarez all but eliminates England

England’s hopes of qualifying from Group D looked dashed due to to a brace from Luis Suarez either side of Wayne Rooney’s equalizer.

The Manchester United forward, 28, scored his first goal in a World Cup to level the scores with 15 minutes left when he tapped home a Glen Johnson squared pass to give England hope.

Rooney could have dragged England level earlier but shot straight at Fernando Muslera ten minutes into the second half after he knocked the ball past a La Celeste defender.

Suarez killed English dreams though when he tucked the ball past Joe Hart after Muslera’s goal-kick has flicked on by England Captain Steven Gerrard.

Suarez had earlier given Uruguay the lead when he scored a controlled header past Hart but the spine of the England team were largely at fault.

Gerrard and Jordan Henderson were caught out and allowed Nicolas Lodeiro space in midfield and teed up Edinson Cavini who easily lost Glen Johnson and FCavani’s cross was headed in by El Pistolero when Phil Jagielka failed to follow the runner.

Bolt from the Sky Blue: Star Suarez breaks England hearts.

Bolt from the Sky Blue: Star Suarez breaks England hearts.

England did show signs of promise in the first period though, Wayne Rooney curled a free-kick narrowly past the post after ten minutes and later hit the bar with a close range header from Gerrard’s free-kick.

Uruguay threatened themselves after quarter of an hour when Jagielka’s sliced clearance landed at the feet of Cristian Rodriguez who shot inches over from the edge of the box.

A low Luis Suarez corner was also blazed over from Cavani.

Daniel Sturridge had the last opportunity though when Rooney’s intelligent through ball found the Liverpool man who had his shot from a tight angle parried by Fernando Muslera at his near post.

Controversy overshadowed the match however as the stand in Uruguay Captain Diego Godin should have been sent off for putting his elbow up to Sturridge’s face in a body check. He had previously been yellow carded for a handball.

The Three Lions now need Italy to defeat both Costa Rica tomorrow and Uruguay next Tuesday while England must also beat Costa Rica themselves, relying on goal difference, to have any chance of making it to round two.

 

 

 

Uruguay 1-3 Costa Rica

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Underdogs Costa Rica provided the shock of the tournament so far with a stunning 1-3 win over a much fancied Uruguay side that finished fourth in the World Cup just four years ago.

Oscar Duarte was the hero for Costa Rica when he headed accurately past Muslera to send pre-tournament whipping boys into ecstasy. His first goal for his national side.

Things went from good to brilliant for Joel Campbell and co when Marco Urena slotted home past on onrushing Muslera, picking up man of the match Joel Campbell’s intelligent through ball.

The favourites took the lead though after 24 minutes through Edinson Cavani’s penalty, powered in low past Keynor Navas’ left hand side who dived the right way but just couldn’t get a hand to it.

Diego Lugano was the man who won the penalty when he was felled by a rugby tackle from behind by Junor Diaz.

Costa Rica scored a shock leveler on the 54 minute mark when a neat passing move was worked to Cristian Gamboa who delivered a superb cross that landed at the feet of Joel Campbell who took a touch before lashing the ball into the back of the net.

It was almost 1-3 when key man Campbell again went close, a curling effort from distance whistling past Muslera’s goal.

La Sele showed promise throughout the game, firstly when Campbell struck a fierce shot that flew just past the post.

They went close again when Christian Bolanos’ free-kick found itself at Giancarlo Gonzalez’s feet and a weak shot from him was deflected out for a corner which Uruguay dealt with.

Diego Forlan had Uruguay’s closest effort in the first half – a blocked shot by Duarte that was looping over Navas but he produced a fine stop to tip it over for a corner.

Despite being the much stronger team on paper, La Celeste just couldn’t find a way through, goal scorer Cavani had a half chance with a header but Navas was equal to it.

It got even more embarrassing for Uruguay when Maxi Pereira took a nasty and needless swipe at Campbell and saw red to sum up an awful night for the South Americans.