Diego Godin. Everyone needs to learn that name and let it be etched into the part of mind that wants to remember a heroic soccer player.
He scored the equalizer for Atletico Madrid at Barcelona to win the La Liga, he scored in the Champions League Final against Real Madrid, and now he has scored the goal that carried Uruguay into the World Cup Round of 16, defeating Italy 1-0.
He was Uruguay’s best defender as he cleared the danger on a countless number of occasions. It is only fitting as he once again wore the captain’s armband to lead his team in their most important match yet in this World Cup. He made sure his teammates were lined up correctly at all times in the defensive third, and left it all out on the field as he knew his team had to win this game in order to advance behind Costa Rica.
The red card given to Claudio Marchisio was well deserved, and that is exactly what changed the complexion of the game. Italy had to sit behind the ball and look for a quick counter, but that did not work as they only have a few guys who can run for days. In addition, they were easily broken down from the corner kick, which is why they lost.
The Uruguayans were lucky that their momentum in this game was not affected by the third biting incident in Luis Suarez‘s career. He deliberately clenched his teeth into Giorgio Chiellini‘s shoulder before dropping down and clutching his mouth. He could not have made it more obvious. Now that he has done this, he may be rightfully banned from the remainder of the tournament, leaving Edinson Cavani and Diego Forlan with all the work to do up top.
So, while Godin once again shone brightly for his country, the optimism for the team going forward is surely darkened after the antics from Suarez. The 27-year-old may never grow up as his childish instincts keep taking over his mind in rough times. It was truly unacceptable.