The Uruguay and Liverpool man was looking to down Italy in a do-or-die clash, while the Manchester United midfielder took to the field against an impressive Colombia sideLuis Suarez and Uruguay facing a do-or-die clash with Italy. Would the Liverpool man inspire his side to victory?
Elsewhere, Costa Rica took on England in a dead rubber, with the former already through and Roy Hodgson's men eliminated, with Joel Campbell representing Arsenal. He has won admirers for his performances so far - could he rub salt into the Three Lions' wounds?
Japan also took to the field with a team boasting Premier League stars, while Ivory Coast had a trio of English-based players in action. Could they help their respective sides defeat Colombia and Greece?
Goal rounds up how all the foreign Premier League representatives got on in Brazil.
On the periphery for the most part, he continued to look as if he is trying to get back to full fitness rather than having fully recovered from the knee injury that threatened his place at the tournament.
Tested Gianluigi Buffon with a low cross midway through what was otherwise a quiet first half while the Juventus goalkeeper did superbly to keep out the 27-year-old's low shot after the break.
Otherwise unable to have any real impact on the game, he was limited to delivering set-pieces into dangerous areas, but his balls into the box too weren’t at their best as he struggled to have any real impact on the game.
Unfortunately, his main contribution proved to be one of the most unsavoury moments of the World Cup to date, with Suarez appearing to bite Giorgio Chiellini on the shoulder prior to Uruguay's winning goal.
Joel Campbell has been one of the revelations of the World Cup and will undoubtedly be heading back to Arsenal ready to challenge for a first-team place but he had little impact in Costa Rica's final group game against England.
Starting on the right flank but popping up in positions across the front line, Campbell looked like causing problems for Roy Hodgson's side in the first half, flashing an effort just wide of Ben Foster's goal via a deflection.
Costa Rica failed to get him in the game in the second period, however, and his influence on proceedings waned before he was eventually brought off after 65 minutes, undoubtedly with a view to his involvement in the second round.
Undoubtedly a talented playmaker, Kagawa is often forced into a secondary role for his country, with Keisuke Honda played through the middle.
The same was true against Colombia and, despite a peerless passing accuracy of 95%, the Manchester United man struggled to make his mark on the game in the final third. Indeed, Japan's goal came when Kagawa and Honda briefly switched roles, with the latter's cross leading to Shinji Okazaki's header.
With six shots on goal, Kagawa tested the opposition goalkeeper just once and is now set to travel back to Manchester after his country's group stage exit.
Faced with a pacy, skilful forward Colombia forward line, the Southampton man struggled to contain the threats of Jackson Martinez or Juan Quintero, with Colombia scoring four times in a comfortable win.
Yoshida was busy for the entire 90 minutes and, despite being at no fault for the first two goals, he lost Martinez in the build-up to the third and will have been disappointed with his overall display as he prepares to head back to St Mary's following Japan's group stage exit.
|KOLO & YAYA TOURE
Both playing through the fog of tragedy, the Toure brothers took to the field just days after the death of their younger brother and were a credit to their country.
Yaya, in an advanced midfield role, drove forward at every opportunity and carved out a glorious goalscoring opportunity for Didier Drogba in the first half, though the ex-Chelsea man could not apply the finish. Further back, Kolo could not help his side to a clean sheet but made a number of key tackles to stem the tide of Greek counter-attacks in an assured performance.
|CHEIKH TIOTE & WILFRIED BONY
The Newcastle man snapped at the heels of his counterparts but was at fault for Greece's goal, as his loose pass allowed Andreas Samaris to break away and score past Boubacar Barry.
He was subsequently replaced by Bony in the second half and the Swansea man enjoyed far more success, as he levelled proceedings with a smart finish following some lovely link-up play with Gervinho, though it proved to be of little consequence come the final whistle.