Not only does Giorgio Chiellini taste disgusting — judging from Luis Suarez’s reaction to biting the Italian defender — but he has a bad taste in his mouth.
Now victim No. 3 on the list of players to have his body bit by the Uruguayan superstar, Chiellini cannot believe Suarez was allowed to continue on in the Group D finale.
Uruguay’s Diego Godin scored the match-winning goal minutes later.
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“It was absolutely shameful. The game was decided by the referee and if one team should’ve gone through it was us,” Chiellini said.
“Sending Marchisio off and not carding Suarez was decisive. There were other incidents and a different treatment in the first half too.
“As long as we had 11 men, we were in control and Uruguay were never dangerous. Obviously with 10 men in the last half-hour it was tough and we suffered, then were punished by a set play.
“Suarez is a sneak and he gets away with it because FIFA want their stars to play in the World Cup. I’d love to see if they have the courage to use video evidence against him.
“The referee saw the bite mark too, but he did nothing about it.”
Almost everything Chiellini says is correct, and Italy may very well have held Uruguay for the remaining 10 minutes if Suarez was sent off (although the striker took about four rushed and awful shots the rest of the way).
There’s no question it was a scummy move by Suarez, and if he gets banned for any length of time — including life — some will say it is not enough. Leave it to the Uruguayan to put two nations World Cup and the fate of his club’s Premier League season in jeopardy with one chompy moment.
Italy took a 1-0 lead over Azerbaijan through the in-form Eder in the 11th minute, but the true leg-work (see what I did there) came from bite-sized midfielder Marco Verratti.
The PSG playmaker pinged a beautiful long ball over the top of the Azerbaijan defense that fell right at the feet of Eder, who let the ball settle itself and touched home confidently past Kamran Arhayev for a 1-0 lead.
The goal is the second of Eder’s national career in just five caps, having scored on debut against Bulgaria back in March. He has six goals in seven matches for Sampdoria so far this Serie A season.
Italy needs three points in this match to ensure qualification to Euro 2016. A win would guarantee them a place in the field, while anything less would mean there is work to do in the final match on Tuesday against Norway.
Later in the match, Stephan El Shaarawy gave Italy a 2-1 lead just before halftime, his second career international goal and his first since September of 2012 which came in his third career start.
As soon as Brendan Rodgers was dismissed by Liverpool on Sunday, Jurgen Klopp’s name was tossed around as the likely successor to the then-vacant Liverpool managerial position.
However, according to Klopp’s representatve Marc Kosicke, Liverpool did not make contact with the German until after Rodgers had been officially let go.
“The first call from Liverpool came after the dismissal as coach of Rodgers,” Kosicke told Bild. “Before Liverpool there were naturally quite a few inquiries. But Jurgen always asked me not to take it any further.”
Club management was less committal than Klopp’s rep, but did say they had their eye on the German for some time. “We have learned to keep certain matters confidential. We had a meeting recently with Jurgen that he has talked about and I don’t want to talk too much about these conversations. But we have thought about him for a long time and everyone who knows football knows he is an outstanding manager.”
It’s relatively hard to believe Liverpool would have canned Rodgers without knowing for sure that a top-level target such as Klopp or Carlo Ancelotti were on board to replace him. It also would mean discussions of the contract terms and logistics would have moved at lightning speed, with just four days between the Rodgers dismissal and Klopp’s official unveiling.