I'm a big fan of Verratti, and there's a huge clamour for his signature.
Another true story: My wife's office decided weeks ago that they would finish early today, break out the Grown Up Drinks and cheer England on in what was supposed to be a crucial game. Bless them, they're still having their England part, but I'd imagine the atmosphere isn't what it might have been
30 minutes in and Uruguay are being shut out by a resilient Italy so far. Luis Suarez has been quiet - a little too quiet. He's planning something special...
Two great stops by Buffon!
Just seeing a replay of the penalty appeal and I think Sturridge may have had a case. Duarte dangles his leg over Sturridge as he makes to shoot in a clear invasion of personal space. It's rude, if nothing else.
Sean, I dated football for several months, but we had a Richard Burton/Elizabeth Taylor thing. Fire and Ice. Constant fights and then passionate make-ups. It was too stressful. We're still very good friends though.
Through 30 minutes- Italy completed 100 more passes than Uruguay (159-59)
Luis Suárez as planning something, you see! He breaks onto a one-two pass on the left but Buffon is quickly out to smother the shot, and he then does well to get up quickly and save Nicolás Lodeiro's follow-up shot.
yGomez, I think Jose Pekerman has played a near perfect hand in difficult circumstances with Colombia. You have to mention Miguel Herrera of Mexico, and of course Jorge Pinto of Costa Rica. Belgium have been disappointing, but they've been saved twice by Marc Wilmots substitutions and then you've got Didier Deschamps and his happy French campers
Mario Balotelli is clearly not feeling right, and walks off the pitch alongside a physio. He's waiting to come back on as Prandelli gives him a few words of wisdom - what could they be?
Sturridge goes close again, nods over the bar after Phil Jones heads it over to him. Just got underneath it a bit.
Shael, it looks warm - very warm.
Mac, I doubt it. He just has a way about him.