Uruguay scored a dramatic late winner to knock four-time winners Italy out of the World Cup in a match involving another controversial Luis Suarez ‘biting’ incident.
Liverpool striker Suarez appeared to bite Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini one minute before Diego Godin scored Uruguay’s winner.
Earlier in the game, Italy midfielder Claudio Marchisio was sent off for a studs-up challenge on Egidio Arevalo.
Uruguay will now play Colombia at the Maracana on Saturday in the last 16 of the World Cup, but controversy is likely to rumble on.
Italy left the field furious at the manner of their defeat and having to come to terms with a second World Cup in a row in which they have failed to get beyond the group stages – in 2010 they finished bottom of their group with only 2 points.
Italian coach Cesare Prandelli said before the game it was “the most important match of my professional career” and after the defeatoffered his resignation.
This was a tense and turgid contest that was bad-tempered both on the field and the touchline.
On a number of occasions the officials had to step between the two benches, the referee’s whistle interrupted play constantly and the players spent as much time on the turf as they did running with the ball at their feet.