Italy’s loss to Uruguay on Tuesday knocked the Blues out of contention at the 2014 FIFA World Cup and drew stunned reactions from Italian fans in the process.
In the match’s 81st minute, Uruguay’s Diego Godin broke the stalemate with a header off a Gaston Ramirez corner kick. Italy never recovered from the 1-0 deficit, and has not advanced past the World Cup’s group stage since 2006. After the loss, manager Cesare Prandelli announced he was resigning.
Italy’s efforts were hampered by poor discipline and a series of egregious fouls. Mario Balotelli received a yellow card after he accidentally kicked an opposing player in the head, which would have kept him out of Italy’s round-of-16 game if it had qualified. Soon after, Claudio Marchisio received a red card for his poorly judged tackle, which forced Italy to play a man down for the remainder of the match.
However, the most memorable part of Tuesday’s match occurred at the 78-minute mark, when Uruguay’s Luis Suarez allowed his emotions to get the better of him. When defender Giorgio Chiellini attempted to mark Suarez near the Italian goal, the Uruguayan bit him on the shoulder.
Many fans have already called for FIFA to ban Suarez for his actions. He could face a two-year ban under FIFA’s guidelines, according to the Daily Express. (And he'd certainly get kicked out of day care if he were an American toddler.) For Italy, Suarez’s bite merely added injury to the insult of their country’s elimination from the World Cup.
Here’s a roundup of photos and reactions to Italy’s loss to Uruguay.
— Alberto Riva (@Albertoriva) June 24, 2014
Luis Suarez should wear one of these next season pic.twitter.com/sPPSkmJcoF
— (@medzzzx) June 24, 2014
— Milmore (@StoolMilmore) June 24, 2014
— Ras della Fossa (@iRasdellaFossa) June 24, 2014
— BNM #whatsNext? (@brandnewmachine) June 24, 2014
— Arlo White (@arlowhite) June 24, 2014
I don't care that Italy lost. What pisses me off is the poor sportsmanship and lack of class from the players! BITING IS NOT APART OF SOCCER
— ITA (@elisalapadulaaa) June 24, 2014
Why can't Italy light a candle? Because they lost their match.
— Bec Hill (@bechillcomedian) June 24, 2014
The referee is the reason Italy lost this game
— Justin Liberatore (@jliberatore14) June 24, 2014
Italy lost? That bites. #ITAURU
— Mikey A (@el_wuffel) June 24, 2014
Not sad Italy lost, more sad Buffon and Pirlo are gone. A new era in italian soccer starts. Thank you guys. You are class acts like no other
— Scar (@scarchella) June 24, 2014
What is lost in all the Luis Suarez garbage, is that one of the best to ever play the game Andrea Pirlo played his last game for Italy
— J. Andrew Conte (@andrewconte10) June 24, 2014
Can't believe Italy lost!
— Annalisa Calise (@AnnalisaCalise) June 24, 2014
Italy lost to a dirtier and hungrier team.Suarez of Uraguay tried to eat Italy's Chielloni's shoulder.The CANNIBAL should have got red card
— Mario Bullo (@MarioBullo1) June 24, 2014
The fact that Italy lost bites... #ha
— Shane Trovalli (@HashtagTrovalli) June 24, 2014
Damn Italy really out. Smh probably would've lost in the round of 16 any with no Balotelli.
— Sid (@SidCuddii) June 24, 2014
Italy lost so my family is eating their feelings
— ill umami (@itsamemariop) June 24, 2014
Just got home and found out the horrible news that Italy Lost. #Shocked
— Mrsuccessful (@Mrsamrock_15) June 24, 2014