Jun 24, 2014 at 5pm UK at ​Arena das Dunas, Natal
Italy
0-1
Uruguay

Balotelli (22'), De Sciglio (77')
Marchisio (59')
FT(HT: 0-0)
Godin (81')
Rios (46'), Muslera (90')

Oscar Tabarez: 'Media persecutes Luis Suarez'

Uruguay's coach Oscar Tabarez sits on the bench during a Group D football match between Uruguay and Costa Rica at the Castelao Stadium in Fortaleza during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 14, 2014
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Uruguay manager Oscar Tabarez plays down the Luis Suarez biting incident, claiming that the Liverpool striker is being persecuted by the media.

Uruguay manager Oscar Tabarez has played down the Luis Suarez biting incident, claiming that the Liverpool striker is being persecuted by the media.

The 27-year-old forward appeared to bite Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini in Uruguay's 1-0 win against the Azzurri, a result that saw the 2010 semi-finalists advance to the second round of the World Cup.

"I'd like to see the images first before making any comment," Tabarez told reporters after the game.

"If it happened, then the referee probably didn't see it. Despite mistakes, [Suarez] is the target of certain media, a certain press. It seems to me there's a certain animosity towards him."

Suarez has been found guilty of biting players prior to the Group D decider in Natal, with incidents in the Eredivisie and the Premier League.

Uruguay's forward Luis Suarez and Italy's midfielder Claudio Marchisio vie during the Group D football match between Italy and Uruguay at the Dunas Arena in Natal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 24, 2014
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