June 25th, 2014 by Admin
This article originally appeared at Soccer Classroom
Well Luis Suarez has done it again, folks! Just 4 years removed from World Cup infamy for a blatant handball to help his Uruguayan side along to the semifinals of South Africa 2010, Suarez today lost his nerve and bit Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini during his team’s 1-0 win. But while his heinous act once again overshadows a victorious occasion for Uruguay, it proved instrumental in helping his team progress to the knockout rounds and dispose of Italy, one of the tournament’s contenders.
Just a minute after Suarez bit Chiellini, the Uruguayans won a corner kick. While Italian players’ hearts and focus were probably still fuming from the injustice (especially considering their earlier red card and player disadvantage), Uruguay’s Diego Godin rose up to send in the header that killed off Italy from the 2014 World Cup!
Say all what you want about Suarez and how he should never feature in a soccer game again, but his controversial moves seem to always lift his team and help them through. His silly antics caused the Italians to lose their focus for just one moment, and that was all his team needed.
And in some strange way, I don’t feel all that bad about it. I came into this game expecting a heavyweight showdown between two great soccer teams, but then reality struck; the same reality that so often comes from major matches featuring Italy: they suck the life out of every game!
Italy’s tactics have always been about defending to no end, frustrating their opponents to death, and then snatching a lone goal to see them through. I hate watching them. Their games are a bore, and their over-zealous celebrations slap in the face of a casual fan looking for a great game. Learning about great Italian soccer players and their passion has often led me to want to take in this “breathtaking” soccer team, but I’m always left disappointed.
Today, Italy merely had to draw 0-0 to progress, and they seemed quite intent on doing just that. They lazily took their time at every possible moment of the game. Their players spent more time on their butts than an amateur snowboarder does, and they played according to plan: they sucked the life out of the game. They even subbed off their one exciting player, Mario Balotelli, at halftime in the effort to contain the game. In all honesty, I don’t recall a single legitimate goal scoring chance by Italy in the entire game. Does anybody actually want to see a team like that succeed?
But they messed it up. Claudio Marchisio got a senseless red card and Uruguay was invited back into the game. Down a man, Italy was unable to continue their life-sucking methods in the match as the Uruguayans more and more desperately sought out that elusive goal. Unfortunately, Luis Suarez had to resort to some pathetic and terrible act to really throw the Italians off their course, but in the end I feel that move actually helped contribute to securing the win for his country.
Yes, Luis Suarez will be suspended for the rest of the 2014 World Cup and will miss the opportunity to help his team in the biggest of matches, just like his suspension did in 2010, but there’s no doubt in my mind that he has done his part to help his team at this tournament. His two-goal performance against England was pure magic, and as horrible as his bite was to watch, it did throw the Italians off their lame game and give Uruguay the victory. And besides, what good would a World Cup of soccer be without a bit of controversy? So for now, I say goodbye to Luis Suarez and praise this madman for leaving his mark on this tournament (and the arm of Giorgio Chiellini)!Again, Leaves, Luis, Mark, Once, Suarez, World