Match reports from Group D Matches played during the 2014 World Cup Finals in Brazil between Costa Rica, England, Italy and Uruguay.
2014 World Cup Finals - Group D - Fixtures and Results
Saturday, 14th June
Thursday, 19th June
Friday, 20th June
Tuesday, 24th June
The top two teams in each group move on to the Knockout Stage.
Saturday, 28th June
Sunday, 29th June
Group D World Cup Squads
1 Keilor Navas (Levante), 18 Patrick Pemberton (Alajuelense), 23 Daniel Cambronero (Herediano).
2 Johnny Acosta (Alajuelense), 3 Giancarlo Gonzalez (Columbus Crew), 4 Michael Umana (Saprissa), 6 Oscar Duarte (Brugge), 8 Heiner Mora (Saprissa), 12 Waylon Francis (Columbus Crew), 15 Junior Diaz (Mainz), 16 Christian Gamboa (Rosenborg), 19 Roy Miller (Red Bull New York).
5 Celso Borges (AIK), 7 Christian Bolanos (Copenhagen), 11 Michael Barrantes (Aalesund), 13 Oscar Granados (Herediano), 17 Yeltsin Tejeda (Saprissa), 20 Diego Calvo (Valerenga), 22 Jose Cubero (Herediano).
9 Joel Campbell (Olympiacos - on loan from Arsenal), 10 Bryan Ruiz (Fulham), 14 Randall Brenes (Cartagines), 21 Marcos Urena (Kuban Krasnodar).
1 Joe Hart (Manchester City), 13 Ben Foster (West Brom), 22 Fraser Forster (Celtic).
2 Glen Johnson (Liverpool), 3 Leighton Baines (Everton), 5 Gary Cahill (Chelsea), 6 Phil Jagielka (Everton), 12 Chris Smalling (Manchester United), 16 Phil Jones (Manchester United), 23 Luke Shaw (Southampton).
4 Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), 7 Jack Wilshere (Arsenal), 8 Frank Lampard (Chelsea), 14 Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), 15 Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), 17 James Milner (Manchester City), 19 Raheem Sterling (Liverpool), 20 Adam Lallana (Southampton), 21 Ross Barkley (Everton).
9 Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool), 10 Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), 11 Danny Welbeck (Manchester United), 18 Rickie Lambert (Southampton).
1 Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), 12 Salvatore Sirigu (Paris Saint-Germain), 13 Mattia Perin (Genoa).
2 Mattia De Sciglio (Milan), 3 Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), 4 Matteo Darmian (Torino), 7 Ignazio Abate (Milan), 15 Andrea Barzagli (Juventus), 19 Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus), 20 Gabriel Paletta (Parma).
5 Thiago Motta (Paris Saint-Germain), 6 Antonio Candreva (Lazio), 8 Claudio Marchisio (Juventus), 14 Alberto Aquilani (Fiorentina), 16 Daniele De Rossi (Roma), 18 Marco Parolo (Parma), 21 Andrea Pirlo (Juventus), 23 Marco Verratti (Paris Saint-Germain).
9 Mario Balotelli (Milan), 10 Antonio Cassano (Parma), 11 Alessio Cerci (Torino), 17 Ciro Immobile (Torino), 22 Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli).
1 Fernando Muslera (Galatasaray), 12 Rodrigo Munoz (Libertad), 23 Martin Silva (Vasco Da Gama).
2 Diego Lugano (West Brom), 3 Diego Godin (Atletico Madrid), 4 Jorge Fucile (Porto), 13 Jose Gimenez (Atletico Madrid), 16 Maximiliano Pereira (Benfical), 19 Sebastian Coates (Nacional), 22 Martin Caceres (Juventus).
5 Walter Gargano (Parma), 6 Alvaro Pereira (Sao Pablo), 7 Cristian Rodriguez (Atletico Madrid), 14 Nicolas Lodeiro (Botafogo), 15 Diego Perez (Bologna), 17 Egidio Arevalo (Morelia), 18 Gaston Ramirez (Southampton), 20 Alvaro Gonzalez (Lazio).
8 Abel Hernandez (Palermo), 9 Luis Suarez (Liverpool), 10 Diego Forlan (Cerezo Osaka), 11 Cristian Stuani (Espanyol), 21 Edinson Cavani (PSG).
The Road to Rio
World Cup Finals
Uruguay trailed Argentina at half-time (1:2) but replied with three goals in the second half; to win the first ever World Cup Final (4-2) on July 30th, 1930.
Italy were one of the countries who missed out on the vote to host the first World Cup but managed to win the prestigious golden trophy for the home fans.
The third World Cup was held in Europe for a second time, although Germany had annexed Austria, and Spain was in civil turmoil.
Although no cup-final as such, Uruguay and Brazil went into their final game with the winner guaranteed to be champions; a draw would be enough for Brazil.
The fifth World Cup tournament produced a record number of goals, including a 7:5 encounter between Austria and Switzerland in Lausanne.
Brazil presented a 17 year-old Pele to the world; who went on to claim a hat-trick in Brazil's 5:2 semi-final win over France and bag another two in the final.
Czechoslovakia overcame Hungary in the quarter-finals and Yugoslavia in the semis, while Brazil took care of England and the host nation, Chile.
Geoff Hurst scored a hat-trick, in the final against West Germany, as England triumphed in a thrilling game watched by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.
1970 belonged to Pelé, who earned his third World Cup winners' medal when Brazil got their hands on the Jules Rimet Cup.... for keeps.
W. Germany 1974:
Johan Cruyff was the player of the tournament as total football became the buzzword of the day, even though Holland lost to West Germany in the 1974 final.
Holland contested the 1978 World Cup Final, in Argentina, for the second time in a row. As in West Germany, they again finished runners-up; to the hosts.
The Spain 82 World Cup finals increased to 24 teams and the format was changed to have two group stages, with four second-round groups of three.
In 1986, Mexico became the first nation to stage the World Cup Finals for a second time; having only staged the competition sixteen years previously.
In 1990, Italy became the World Cup of stalemates. Both semi-finals were drawn out through penalty kicks. In the final itself, the only goal came from the spot.
Once Team US had played a few games most of the nation began to understand they were hosting the greatest show on earth and how the game was played.
France became the sixth nation to win the World Cup on home soil. Thirty-two teams competed in the 16th World Cup; better known as France 98.
The 17th World Cup, held in Korea and Japan, was the first World Cup finals to be shared by two hosts and the first to be held in Asia.
The 2006 World Cup Finals ran from 9th June to 9th July; the opening match in Munich and the final in Berlin. Munich and Dortmund hosted the semi-finals.
South Africa 2010:
Eighty years after the First World Cup Finals in Uruguay, the world's most prestigious football competition was finally hosted on the African continent.
Five times World Cup Champions, Brazil, get a second chance to hold the prestigious World Cup Finals; 64 years after they last hosted the tournament.
VAR made its World Cup debut and set out to change the course of a game with some crucial rule infringement watching and vital on the spot decisions.
When FIFA executives met in Zurich to decide on who would host the 2018 and 2022 World Cup Finals, Qatar was probably the biggest surprise to many.
The 2026 FIFA World Cup Finals will be jointly hosted by Canada, Mexico and the United States. The United Bid won the hosting rights ahead of Morocco.
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