Luis Suarez was at the centre of further controversy as Uruguay beat Italy 1-0 to progress from Group D at the FIFA World Cup.
The Liverpool forward appeared to bite the shoulder of Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini towards the end of Tuesday’s match in Natal.
Diego Godin subsequently bundled in a corner for the game’s only goal, sending Uruguay through to the last 16 at Italy’s expense.
Yet Suarez’s apparent indiscipline is likely to grab the headlines, with the 27-year-old having been involved in biting incidents before at both Liverpool and Ajax.
Italy, who needed only a point to qualify alongside Costa Rica, were hampered by the 59th-minute dismissal of Claudio Marchisio, for a high tackle on Egidio Arevalo.
They will now be left to rue another first-round exit at the World Cup, their second in succession, while Uruguay await the winner of Group C.
It remains to be seen whether Suarez will receive punishment for his tangle with Chiellini, with FIFA able to examine footage should they feel disciplinary action is warranted.
Prior to the late drama, Italy looked set to do enough to shut out their opponents as they soaked up pressure with relative comfort.