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Home: World Cup Finals: Brazil 2014: Italy vs Costa Rica

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Group D

Travel to Italy Italy vs Travel to Costa Rica Costa Rica in Recife.

Match Preview

Italy and Costa Rica have never met in a World Cup finals.

Italy did beat Costa Rica (1:0) in New Haven friendly match, prior to USA 1994.

The Match

2014 World Cup Referees This is the second game that the Chilean, Enrique Osses, has refereed in Recife.

All of England will be supporting Italy tonight. Anything other than an Italian victory and England will be out.

@Balotelli - UK Queen replies, will kiss on cheek if England meet Italy in final and you score in own goal for England win.

It's hot and humid in the Arena Pernambuco at kick-off.

Costa Rica started the better of the two teams.

In the thirty-first minute, Mario Balotelli had a great chance to chip Keylor Navas but missed it; not good for Roy Hodgson's ticker.

A minute later, Balotelli had another chance; but hit the ball straight at the goalkeeper. Italy seemed to have saved their energy for the first thirty minutes.

2014 World Cup Referees Joel Campbell was denied a penalty in the 43rd minute.

Goalscorers 0:1
A minute later, Bryan Ruiz made up for it with a far post header in off the crossbar.

Costa Rica deserved to be in front at the break, and if it means England go home, so be it; they had their chance.

A win for Costa Rica and the Ticas would qualify for the second round.

Half-time: Italy 0 - Costa Rica 1

Whether an Italy win would help England or not, an Italian loss could cost the Azzuri a place in the knockout stage if they were to later lose to Uruguay. The Italians needed to respond in the second-half.

Costa Rica played the high defensive line; catching Italy offside on numerous occasions.

Italy were a disappointment but credit to Costa Rica who became the first team from Group D to qualify for the Second Round. England are out and Italy will join them on the plane home, if they lose to Suarez and Cavani.

Final Score: Italy 0 - Costa Rica 1

Goalscorers Goalscorers:
0:1 - Bryan Ruiz (44 mins)


Travel to Italy Italy:
1-Gianluigi Buffon; 4-Matteo Darmian, 15-Andrea Barzagli, 3-Giorgio Chiellini, 7-Ignazio Abate; 5-Thiago Motta, 16-Daniele De Rossi, 6-Antonio Candreva, 21-Andrea Pirlo; 8-Claudio Marchisio, 9-Mario Balotelli.

Travel to Costa Rica Costa Rica:
1-Keylor Navas; 16-Cristian Gamboa, 4-Michael Umana, 6-Oscar Duarte, 15-Junior Diaz; 3-Giancarlo Gonzalez, 10-Bryan Ruiz, 5-Celso Borges, 17-Yeltsin Tejeda, 7-Christian Bolanos; 9-Joel Campbell.

2014 World Cup Referees Referee: Enrique Osses - Chile Travel to Chile

Yellow Cards 2 yellow cards:
69 mins - Mario Balotelli (Italy)
71 mins - Jose Cubero (Costa Rica)

Travel to Uruguay Uruguay vs England Travel to England

The Road to Rio

2014 World Cup Finals - Knockout Stage.

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Thursday, 12th June
Brazil vs Croatia

Friday, 13th June
Chile vs Australia
Mexico vs Cameroon
Spain vs Netherlands

Saturday, 14th June
Colombia vs Greece
Côte d'Ivoire vs Japan
England vs Italy
Uruguay vs Costa Rica

Sunday, 15th June
Argentina vs Bosnia
France vs Honduras
Switzerland vs Ecuador

Monday, 16th June
Germany vs Portugal
Ghana vs USA
Iran vs Nigeria

Tuesday, 17th June
Belgium vs Algeria
Brazil vs Mexico
Russia vs South Korea

Wednesday, 18th June
Australia vs Netherlands
Cameroon vs Croatia
Spain vs Chile

Thursday, 19th June
Colombia vs Côte d'Ivoire
Japan vs Greece
Uruguay vs England

Friday, 20th June
Honduras vs Ecuador
Italy vs Costa Rica
Switzerland vs France

Saturday, 21st June
Argentina vs Iran
Germany vs Ghana
Nigeria vs Bosnia

Sunday, 22nd June
Belgium vs Russia
South Korea vs Algeria
USA vs Portugal

Monday, 23rd June
Australia vs Spain
Cameroon vs Brazil
Croatia vs Mexico
Netherlands vs Chile

Tuesday, 24th June
Costa Rica vs England
Greece vs Côte d'Ivoire
Italy vs Uruguay
Japan vs Colombia

Wednesday, 25th June
Bosnia vs Iran
Ecuador vs France
Honduras vs Switzerland
Nigeria vs Argentina

Thursday, 26th June
Algeria vs Russia
Portugal vs Ghana
South Korea vs Belgium
USA vs Germany

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