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World Cup pre-game: Italy vs. Uruguay

The World Cup fates of Italy and Uruguay will be decided when the nations battle in a crucial Group D match on Tuesday (CBC, CBC.ca/fifaworldcup, coverage begins at 11:30 a.m. ET).

Crucial Group D match will decide runner up

The crucial Group D matchup will feature the scoring prowess of Uruguay’s Luis Suarez, left, and the deft passing tough of Italian Andrea Pirlo. (Getty Images)

Group D: Italy vs. Uruguay

  • 12 p.m. ET, Tuesday, June 24

  • CBC TV/CBC.ca/fifaworldcup

What’s at stake

It’s all on the line for these two teams. They each have three points after two games.

Costa Rica is through to the Round of 16.

This is their 10th head-to-head matchup. Uruguay is ahead with three wins against two losses, with four draws. They last played for third place in the Confederations Cup last year, with Italy winning on penalty kicks.

Impact players

Italy. Andrea Pirlo. This veteran playmaker takes passing to a new level.

Uruguay. Luis Suarez. He seems to score at will. Just ask England.

What to watch for

Can anyone stop Pirlo’s passing?

Can anyone stop Suarez’s scoring?

They said it

"We knew this would be a particularly tough group. We will try to recover all our energy for the Uruguay game.” — Italy’s manager Cesare Prandelli speaking to reporters.

“It wasn’t revenge but in England they talked about the injury and the coach had words that annoyed me.” Suarez talking about his performance against England.

The big number

5 — Suarez has five goals in seven World Cup appearances for Uruguay. And based on his last game — two goals against England — he will very likely add to that tally.

Obligatory fun fact

This is the 50th World Cup game for two-time champions Uruguay. Its first title was a 1-0 win over Peru in 1930 at the inaugural World Cup event in Uruguay.

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