Tuesday, 24th June
Rica vs England
in Belo Horizonte.
In the final Group D matches, Costa Rica take on England in Belo
Horizonte while Italy play Uruguay in Natal.
Costa Rica and England have never met before in international football
Costa Rica only need a point to top the group; England are out.
Costa Rica would also top the group if the Italy vs Uruguay game were
to end in a draw or one of the teams only win by a solitary goal.
Some encouraging signs from England, but nothing positive. Encouraging
that they didn't go in at the break a goal down; nothing positive, in that they didn't
score a goal to please the England fans who continued their vocal support.
All those England fans who paid to travel to Brazil, should be given a
free ticket to the next home game.
Half-time: Costa Rica 0 - England 0
The yellow cards started to trickle in during the second-half; three inside
One thing about this World Cup is the general lack of cards, that
seems to have resulted in more goals; as less stoppage to write in the notebook equals
more flowing football.
Daniel Sturridge came close to putting England in front, midway
through the second-half, but nearly is not good enough.
Steven Gerrard and Wayne Rooney came on late in the second-half and
almost combined for a goal; the story of the tournament for England..... almost!
Nothing doing, in a game with nothing to play for.
Final Score: Costa Rica 0 - England 0
1-Keylor Navas; 16-Cristian Gamboa, 6-Oscar Duarte, 3-Giancarlo Gonzalez, 19-Roy Miller;
15-Junior Diaz, 10-Bryan Ruiz, 5-Celso Borges, 17-Yeltsin Tejeda; 14-Randall Brenes,
13-Ben Foster; 16-Phil Jones, 12-Chris Smalling, 5-Gary Cahill, 23-Luke Shaw; 8-Frank
Lampard, 7-Jack Wilshere, 17-James Milner, 21-Ross Barkley; 20-Adam Lallana, 9-Daniel
Referee: Djamel Haimoudi - Algeria
3 yellow cards:
52 mins - Ross Barkley (England)
56 mins - Adam Lallana (England)
59 mins - Giancarlo Gonzalez (Costa Rica)
Italy vs Uruguay
2014 World Cup Finals - Knockout Stage.
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