Welcome to the thirteenth day of the Philosophers World Cup. Today sees the play of the final matches in groups C and D, featuring Costa Rica vs England, Italy vs Uruguay, Japan vs Colombia, and Greece vs Ivory Coast. You can find match reports and scores after the break. As always, refer to the introduction for what this feature series is about.
Costa Rica vs England
Costa Rica have no chance to advance thanks to their one-sided goal differential. England are currently tied with Uruguay in the group standings in terms of points, but gave a one goal lead over the Uruguayans in goal differential. England advances so long as they keep this goal differential lead over the Uruguayans.
First Half: Eugenio Rodríguez Vega (CRC) vs Francis Bacon (ENG)
This is just the start that England were hoping for and, frankly, that they expected. Francis Bacon comes through in a big way, with two goals before the 25th minute. Costa Rica’s reputation as a an easy 3 points for their opponents continues.
First Half Goals: England 2
Second Half: Ricardo Fernández Guardia (CRC) vs Bertrand Russell (ENG)
Costa Rica came into the tournament with the smallest roster, only able to present six theorists. Ricardo Fernández Guardia is the last of this six and hopes that he can fare better than his teammates. He does not make quite as many errors, but is still not up to the task of stopping England’s Bertrand Russell, who scores 4 goals and ensures England’s place in the knockout stage. England will now be hoping for a strong Uruguay performance against Italy to make sure that England finishes first in Group D and thus avoid the potential round of 16 match against Greece.
Second Half Goals: England 2
Costa Rica 0:4 England
Italy vs Uruguay
For Italy to fail to advance Uruguay would have to defeat them by 2 goals. The Italians advance with any other outcome.
First Half: Seneca (ITA) vs Tristán Narvaja (URU)
If only Narvaja were a more common name, Uruguay could score some goals in the first half using the ‘single-name’ loophole. As it stands, Seneca is too much for the Uruguayans, and scores two goals. This basically ensures that Italy will advance and that Uruguay will be eliminated.
First Half Goals: Italy 2
Second Half: Antonio Gramsci (ITA) vs Emilio Frugoni (URU)
Rather than playing conservatively to preserve the win, Italy continues to press and attack. They are keenly interested in avoiding an expected match with Greece next round, and rely on one of the twentieth-century’s most preeminent Marxist theorist, Antonio Gramsci, to anchor their scoring opportunities. Gramsci nets two goals and Italy advances to the knockout round in spectacular fashion finishing atop Group D.
Second Half Goals: Italy 2
Italy 4:0 Uruguay
Japan vs Colombia
Japan advances with either a win or draw. Colombia are through with a win of their own and a win by Greece. Though highly unlikely, it is possible that Colombia will advance with a win and Greece-Ivory Coast draw. In the Spanish corpus Colombia could well pull an upset, but unfortunately for them this match is using the English corpus.
First Half: Arai Hakuseki (JPN) vs Nicolás Gómez Dávila (ESP)
The Japanese strike often and early in the first half, as Neo-Confucian scholar Hakuseki burns through the Colombian defense for two goals.
First Half Goals: Japan 2
Second Half: Kitaro Nishida (JPN) vs Eduardo Lemaitre (ESP)
Japan continues to assail the Colombian keeper with an array of volleys, with Kyoto School founder Kitaro Nishida netting 2 goals. Colombia’s dreams of joining fellow South American nations Brazil and Chile in the round of 16. Japan is through in decisive fashion, finishing second in Group D and are scheduled to play Italy in the knockout stage.
Second Half Goals: Japan 2
Japan 4:0 Colombia
Greece vs Ivory Coast
First Half: Thucydides (GRE) vs Bernard Zadi Zaourou (CIV)
If humans are unable to avoid conflict, then Thucydides is unable to avoid scoring goals. The Greek historian blazes a trail to the Ivorian net for two scores in the first half. Ivory Coast appear helpless as the Greeks begin their push to finish atop Group C.
First Half Goals: Greece 2
Second Half: Plotinus (GRE) vs François-Joseph Amon d’Aby (CIV)
It’s more of the same in the second half, with Greece adding two more goals to their total. This result eliminates the Ivory Coast and Colombia, and sees Greece finish first in Group C and Japan second. Greece will play England in the round of 16.
Second Half Goals: Greece 2
Greece 4:0 Ivory Coast
Yesterday saw Chile upset the Netherlands to advance to the round of 16. There were no such upsets in today’s matches meaning that the teams that were expected to advance did so. Greece have recovered nicely since their opening match draw against Colombia. They will be favored against their round of 16 opponents England, but only slightly. Japan finish their group stage campaign with the best goal differential in Group C, but one point shy of Greece’s 7 which puts them second. Japan will await Italy in the knockout round. Italy have been one of the most inform sides at the Philosophers World Cup, and are thus far the only team to finish group play with a perfect record. England are the underdogs against Greece, but if they could get the win, they will be heavy favorites in the quarters against the Brazil-Chile winner.
Relevant Group Standings
Greece 7 pts, +5
Japan 6 pts, +7
Ivory Coast 3 pts, -4
Colombia 1 pt, -8
Italy 9 pts, +9
England 6 pts, +6
Uruguay 3 pts, -3
Costa Rica 0 pts, -12
Complete group standings can be viewed here.
Round of 16 Matches
Complete knockout stage bracket and results can be viewed here.