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Reuters flops of the World Cup tournament

- Flops of the tournament as selected by Reuters journalists (4-3-3):

Goalkeeper: Iker Casillas (Spain)

Defenders: Dani Alves (Brazil), Sergio Ramos (Spain), Pepe (Portugal), Benoit Assou-Ekotto (Cameroon)

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Five of the best goals from the World Cup

"Jaded" Messi has disappointed at World Cup, says Lineker

- Argentina's Lionel Messi has looked "jaded" and "staccato" in a disappointing World Cup overall despite some magical moments, former England striker Gary Lineker said on Saturday.

The four-times World Player of the Year and...

"Jaded" Messi has disappointed at World Cup, says Lineker

Winner takes all for Italy-Uruguay, curtains for England

Uruguay's national soccer team player Luis Suarez (C) attends a training session at the Dunas Arena soccer stadium in Natal, June 23, 2014. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

PORTO ALEGRE Brazil (Reuters) - Fellow former champions Italy and Uruguay clash in Natal on Tuesday to decide who will join surprise package Costa Rica in qualifying for the last 16 from World Cup Group D.

The two sides sit on three points after two games, both having lost to Costa Rica and beaten England. Italy only need to draw, however, due to their superior goal difference.

The good news for Uruguay is that deadly striker Luis Suarez, who missed their first match through injury but came back to sink England with two goals, is fit to play.

Already-eliminated England will try to salvage some pride against Costa Rica in Belo Horizonte. But the Central Americans are on a high, aiming to secure top spot and set themselves up against the Group C runners-up in the last 16.

Group C leaders Colombia, another Latin American side challenging the region's traditional powers, have qualified for the last 16 with six points but will look to clinch top spot when they take on Japan, who have one point, in Cuiaba.

The Japanese could still qualify with a win but Ivory Coast, currently second on three points, are the favorites before they face Greece, who have one point, in Fortaleza. The Group C winners will face the Group D runners-up in the last 16.

(Reporting by Angus MacSwan, Editing by Ken Ferris)

Pictures of the Day

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Reuters flops of the World Cup tournament

- Flops of the tournament as selected by Reuters journalists (4-3-3):

Goalkeeper: Iker Casillas (Spain)

Defenders: Dani Alves (Brazil), Sergio Ramos (Spain), Pepe (Portugal), Benoit Assou-Ekotto (Cameroon)

...

Reuters flops of the World Cup tournament

Five of the best goals from the World Cup

- The 2014 World Cup has produced several goals of outstanding quality. The following are five of the best so far according to Reuters.

- - - -

James Rodriguez (Colombia 2 Uruguay 0)

Rodriguez...

Five of the best goals from the World Cup

"Jaded" Messi has disappointed at World Cup, says Lineker

- Argentina's Lionel Messi has looked "jaded" and "staccato" in a disappointing World Cup overall despite some magical moments, former England striker Gary Lineker said on Saturday.

The four-times World Player of the Year and...

"Jaded" Messi has disappointed at World Cup, says Lineker