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World Cup: Italy 0-1 Costa Rica

World Cup 2014: Italy 0-1 Costa Rica highlights

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Highlights: Italy 0-1 Costa Rica

Costa Rica produced their second stunning upset in a week to beat a poor Italy side and confirm England's exit from the 2014 World Cup.

The Central Americans fully warranted their win at Arena Pernambuco, which was sealed by a Bryan Ruiz header shortly before half-time.

The Fulham striker's effort hit the crossbar and bounced over the line, with goalline technology confirming the decision.

The result proved Costa Rica's victory over Uruguay in Fortaleza had been no fluke, and they might have won more comfortably had they been awarded a penalty when Arsenal striker Joel Campbell was clearly fouled in the area.

World Cup 2014: Bryan Ruiz shocks Italy with opening goal

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World Cup 2014: Bryan Ruiz shocks Italy with opening goal

Italy were a shadow of the side that beat England in Manaus, and drop into second place in Group D, behind Costa Rica. Uruguay are third on goal difference.

The result confirmed what England had feared after Thursday's 2-1 defeat by Uruguay in Sao Paulo, and means Roy Hodgson's side will be eliminated whatever the result against Costa Rica in Belo Horizonte on Tuesday.

Italy face Uruguay in Natal at the same time.

History was not on England's side going into this contest. Italy had failed to win their second group match at any of the previous three World Cups.

One man who had been present on all three occasions was goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon. Having missed Italy's opening game against England, the Juventus captain was passed fit to play in his fourth World Cup, becoming only the fifth Italian to do so.

On his return, there were signs of rust as Costa Rica controlled much of the first half.

Costa Rica have reached the knockout stages of the World Cup for the second time in their history after 1990
Costa Rica have scored in each of their seven World Cup games against European teams

The Italy goalkeeper came for a corner but missed, only for Celso Borges to head just over. Buffon got down smartly to save a low shot from the excellent Christian Bolanos but the real drama was still to come.

Mario Balotelli wasted Italy's best chance when he ran on to Andrea Pirlo's superb pass and shot wide, before the half burst into life shortly before the interval with two key incidents.

In the first, Campbell checked back onto his left foot and ran at the Italian defence with typical vigour. His run was ended in the penalty area, as defender Giorgio Chiellini cut across the 21-year-old as he prepared to shoot.

It looked a clear penalty, but Chilean referee Enrique Osses waved play on to the disbelief of those in the Arena Pernambuco.

Costa Rica would not be denied, though.

Within a minute, they came forward again. Bolanos swung the ball wide to the left flank where Junior Diaz curled an inviting ball towards Ruiz at the back post. The Fulham forward connected with a header that first struck the crossbar and then bounced down, beyond the dive of Buffon, and over the line.

It was no more than Costa Rica deserved.

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Italy could only get better, but any improvement was marginal. Pirlo tested Navas with a free-kick that wobbled and dipped, while Matteo Darmian thumped a rising shot that was tipped over the bar by the Costa Rica goalkeeper.

But Italy were flat as the game wore on and could make no impression on an organised Costa Rica side. They will now face Uruguay next Tuesday with the winner joining Costa Rica in the last 16.

Italy forward Mario Balotelli
Italy forward Mario Balotelli cannot believe he has missed a glaring chance with the game goalless
Costa Rica's Bryan Ruiz celebrates scoring against Italy
Skipper Bryan Ruiz celebrates putting Costa Rica into the last-16 for only the second time. They reached the same stage on their World Cup debut in 1990, before losing 4-1 to Czechoslovakia after extra time
Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini in action against Costa Rica
Defender Giorgio Chiellini reacts as Italy are beaten by Costa Rica. They must avoid defeat against Uruguay in their final group game on 24 June to advance
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Costa Rica fans celebrate as their team make it two wins out of two to go through to the last 16
Costa Rica midfielder Jose Cubero
Costa Rica midfielder Jose Cubero celebrates at the final whistle

Line-ups

Italy

  • 1Buffon
  • 7Abate
  • 4Darmian
  • 16De Rossi
  • 15Barzagli
  • 3Chiellini
  • 6CandrevaSubstituted forInsigneat 57'minutes
  • 5MottaSubstituted forCassanoat 45'minutes
  • 9BalotelliBooked at 69mins
  • 21Pirlo
  • 8MarchisioSubstituted forCerciat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2De Sciglio
  • 10Cassano
  • 11Cerci
  • 12Sirigu
  • 13Perin
  • 14Aquilani
  • 17Immobile
  • 18Parolo
  • 19Bonucci
  • 20Paletta
  • 22Insigne
  • 23Verratti

Costa Rica

  • 1Navas
  • 16Gamboa
  • 15Díaz Campbell
  • 4Umaña
  • 3Gonzalez
  • 6Duarte
  • 10RuizSubstituted forBrenesat 81'minutes
  • 5Borges
  • 9CampbellSubstituted forUreñaat 74'minutes
  • 17Tejeda ValverdeSubstituted forCuberoat 68'minutesBooked at 71mins
  • 7Bolaños

Substitutes

  • 2Acosta
  • 8Myrie
  • 11Barrantes
  • 12Francis
  • 13Granados Maroto
  • 14Brenes
  • 18Pemberton
  • 19Miller
  • 20Calvo
  • 21Ureña
  • 22Cubero
  • 23Cambronero
Referee:
Enrique Osses
Attendance:
40,285

Match Stats

Home TeamItalyAway TeamCosta Rica
Possession
Home61%
Away39%
Shots
Home11
Away11
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home4
Away5
Fouls
Home10
Away23

Live Text

Match ends, Italy 0, Costa Rica 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Italy 0, Costa Rica 1.
Attempt missed. Randall Brenes (Costa Rica) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Marcos Ureña.
Attempt missed. Antonio Cassano (Italy) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Alessio Cerci with a cross following a corner.
Corner, Italy. Conceded by Júnior Díaz.
Giorgio Chiellini (Italy) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Marcos Ureña (Costa Rica).
Offside, Italy. Antonio Cassano tries a through ball, but Alessio Cerci is caught offside.
Matteo Darmian (Italy) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Christian Bolaños (Costa Rica).
Attempt blocked. Marcos Ureña (Costa Rica) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Júnior Díaz.
Hand ball by Randall Brenes (Costa Rica).
Attempt missed. Lorenzo Insigne (Italy) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Alessio Cerci.

Substitution

Substitution, Costa Rica. Randall Brenes replaces Bryan Ruiz.
Andrea Pirlo (Italy) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by José Cubero (Costa Rica).
Ignazio Abate (Italy) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Christian Bolaños (Costa Rica).
Ignazio Abate (Italy) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Christian Bolaños (Costa Rica).
goal

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Brazil211024
2Mexico211014
3Croatia210123
4Cameroon2002-50

B

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Netherlands220056
2Chile220046
3Australia2002-30
4Spain2002-60

C

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Colombia220046
2Ivory Coast210103
3Japan2011-11
4Greece2011-31

D

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Costa Rica220036
2Italy210103
3Uruguay2101-13
4England2002-20

E

TeamPWDLGDPts
1France220066
2Switzerland2101-23
3Ecuador1001-10
4Honduras1001-30

F

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Argentina110013
2Iran101001
3Nigeria101001
4Bos-Herze1001-10

G

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Germany110043
2USA110013
3Ghana1001-10
4Portugal1001-40

H

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Belgium110013
2Russia101001
3South Korea101001
4Algeria1001-10
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