Welcome to the eighth day of the Philosophers World Cup. Today’s matches include Colombia vs Ivory Coast, Uruguay vs England, and Japan vs Greece. Below, you can find match reports and scores. As always, refer to the introduction for what this feature series is about.
Colombia vs Ivory Coast
Colombia is coming off their shocking draw against Greece, while Ivory Coast was blown out by Japan in their opening match. French will be the corpus used in this match, which is good news for Ivory Coast.
First Half: Rafael Gutiérrez Girardot (COL) vs Bernard Yago (CIV)
Girardot has cut his teeth in the German league and hopes that this will give him an edge in today’s match. Ivory Coast decides to take on a conservative style of play that emphasizes their theologians. Cardinal Bernard Yago is able to strike twice on the counterattack, triggered by an errant pass from Girardot both times.
First Half Goals: Ivory Coast 2
Second Half: José María Samper (COL) vs Bernard Agré (CIV)
Colombia appear to be coming down to earth after their first match, but are hoping that set pieces featuring historian José María Samper will set things right again. Ivory Coast continues to play conservatively, relying again on counterattacks engineered by another cardinal, this time Bernard Agré. As in the first half, aggressive-yet-sloppy play by the Colombians allows Ivory Coast to score two goals on counter-attacks. This completes Ivory Coast’s route of a Colombian side that appeared to be rather hapless today.
Second Half Goals: Ivory Coast 2
Colombia 0:4 Ivory Coast
Uruguay vs England
Uruguay is looking to continue their stellar level of play while England are in dire need of some points after their opening match against Italy. Uruguay will have a chance today since this match will use the Spanish corpus.
First Half: José Gervasio Artigas (URU) vs Herbert Spencer (ENG)
England strikes early, with Herbert Spencer scoring a goal only minutes into the match. Spencer is considered to a rather unsavory character, but the English media will be celebrating him like its 1900 all over again. Uruguayan national hero José Gervasio Artigas does well to contain England for the rest of the half, but creates no scoring opportunities.
First Half Goals: England 1
Second Half: Carlos Vaz Ferreira (URU) vs Thomas Hobbes (ENG)
England’s second half is off to an inauspicious start as they watch Uruguay take several unsuccessful shots on goal. It appears in all likelihood that Uruguay are mere minutes away from netting an equalizer. But in the seventieth minute, Thomas Hobbes cuts through the Uruguayan side and scores a goal. In extra time, England is awarded a free kick which sees Hobbes score his second goal with a fabulous header.
Second Half Goals: England 2
Uruguay 0:3 England
Japan vs Greece
This is the most eagerly anticipated match of Group C. Greece are considered the favorites, but that distinction did not serve them well in their first match. Japan are the Group C leaders and a draw or better in this match should see them through thanks to Ivory Coast’s masterful performance against Colombia earlier today. Greece wins the random draw for preferred language corpus, which means that today’s match will take place in the seldom used corpus of Italian.
First Half: Kostas Axelos (GRE) vs D. T. Suzuki (JPN)
As in their first match, Greece turns to a twentieth-century philosopher to serve as their playmaker and Japan does the same. Axelos plays very well in the middle portion of the first half, but he is not quite the equal of Japan’s D.T. Suzuki. Suzuki’s westernized form of Zen Buddhism sees Japan score a goal in the 40th minute, allowing Japan to end the hard-fought half with a 1-0 lead.
First Half Goals: Japan 1
Second Half: Archimedes (GRE) vs Nishi Amane (JPN)
Japan relies on another philosopher who took some influence from the West while Greece turns to Archimedes, hoping he can have enough eureka moments to equalize the match. Japan play in the second half falls off markedly, and Archimedes leads his Greek side to two phenomenal goal scoring attacks. As in their first match, Greece emerges as a strong second half team.
Second Half Goals: Greece 2
Japan 1:2 Greece
The Greece-Japan match lived up to its hype, with Greece needing a second half surge to take the match. With their victory, Greece are now the first place team in Group C. However, all four Group C teams still have a chance to advance, with Colombia in particular fancying their chances against Japan if the match is played in the Spanish corpus. England are very tentatively in first place in Group D, but Italy have yet to play their second match against Costa Rica. Regardless, England pushed through a potentially tricky Uruguayan side and are now primed to advance with only a match against lowly Costa Rica remaining.
Relevant Group Standings
Greece 4 pts, +1 GD
Japan 3 pts, +3 GD
Ivory Coast 3 pts, +3 GD
Colombia 1 pt, -4 GD
England 3 pts, +2 GD
Italy 3 pts, +1 GD
Uruguay 3 pts, +1 GD
Costa Rica 0 pts, -4 GD
Complete group standings can be viewed here.