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TITLE TEAMS: Costa Rica v Italy
Friday, June 20, 2014
Costa RicaCRC
 0-1B. Ruiz  44'
CRCB. Ruiz  44' 0-1
HT: 0-1
Arena Pernambuco (Attendance: 40,285)
Referee: Enrique Osses
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Italy vs. Costa Rica
Minute Commentary
Costa Rica have made history in Group D. The Central Americans had never made it out of a World Cup group prior to Brazil 2014, and when they were drawn alongside three of the top ten ranked teams in the world – and three former winners – few, if any, would have given them a chance. But a stunning 3-1 win over Uruguay and today's richly deserved victory over Italy have seen them not only qualify for the second round, but do it with a game to spare. Costa Rica could have had a penalty when Joel Campbell was knocked over inside the box in the first half, but (to the disbelief of the striker, his team-mates, manager, and virtually everyone else watching) the referee waved play on. However, just moments later Bryan Ruiz headed home Junior Diaz's magnificent cross to earn the lead, and Italy never really looked like responding in a second half where they visibly tired in the heat of Recife. The result means that England are knocked out of the World Cup, while the meeting between Italy and Uruguay will be a straight head-to-head to progress. Nobody would have feared a Costa Rican draw in the second round before the tournament kicked off, but they certainly will now! At the Arena Pernambuco it finished Italy 0, Costa Rica 1!
The whistle goes to secure Costa Rica's win and send them through into the knockout stages of the World Cup. Never mind Spain's exit… this should be the headline story of the World Cup so far!
Dave MyrieThe four minutes of added time is ticking away, but it is Costa Rica who look the likelier side to score in added time, with Randall Brenes going close with a fizzing drive and Christian Bolanos exploiting the acres of space in behind the Italian defence.
Junior Diaz prevents Alessio Cerci's cross from reaching any of the waiting Italians in the box, which sums up the incredible effort shown by the Costa Rica side since the first whistle. Italy looked good in patches in the first 45, but on the balance of play it is very hard to deny that Costa Rica are anything other than worthy of the win.
Roy Hodgson and his squad will be watching on and fully aware that they are minutes away from being knocked out of the World Cup. Italy have to score two goals in the remainder of the match to keep the Three Lions in the competition... and there is no sign of that happening.
Italy are in real danger of leaving themselves needing to beat the dangerous Uruguay in the final group game, but there is a lack of urgency in their play that must be down to the heat. There is no other excuse for such a tepid performance.
Bryan Ruiz is ten minutes away from seeing his goal earn Costa Rica an historic win. The captain and playmaker is given a well-earned rest, with Randall Brenes coming on. Italy look devoid of ideas at the moment, but there is still plenty of time left on the clock.
There are so many players back for Costa Rica now that it is proving very tricky for Italy to pick their way through. This would be a monumental win for the underdogs… although they may have transcended that underdog tag by now. This is a proper team, make no mistake.
Arsenal's youngster Joel Campbell has spent his Gunners career out on loan, but his showing in the World Cup so far will have been of huge encouragement to Arsene Wenger. The striker makes way for Marco Urena after running his socks off for the Costa Rican cause.
The heat and tension of the situation is beginning to have an impact on Italy's game. A booking for Mario Balotelli and a shocking spell of sloppy passing sum up their second half performance – they need to find a spark from somewhere.
A win for Costa Rica here would put them through into the second round out of the first group in World Cup history to include three former winners. If they do progress to the knockout stages it will be at the expense of two of the world's top ten ranked teams, which is something to be extremely proud of. An equaliser for Italy would mean that these two teams would have a point advantage over Uruguay going into the third game, while only two goals and a win for Italy would keep England also in contention.
Antonio Cassano tries to conjure up something in the pocket, but his shimmy and shot is well read by the Costa Rican centre-backs and a block sends the ball dribbling through to the goalkeeper.
A through-ball almost picks out Christian Bolanos on the counter-attack, but Gianluigi Buffon races out of his area to get to the ball first. The flag was up in any case, but it isn't tough to see what Costa Rica are trying to do, and Buffon will need to stay alert to those through-balls for the remainder of the game.
The introduction of Lorenzo Insigne for Antonio Candreva adds yet another attacking threat to an Italy side that is now showing off its full array of striking options. The diminutive Insigne will give the Azzurri something different in the final third.
Andrea Pirlo has perfected the 'knuckle-ball' free-kick to add to his already impressive armoury, but Keylor Navas is equal to his long-range effort on this occasion.
Matteo Darmian fizzes a shot over the bar, but an unnecessary fingertip save by Keylor Navas earns Italy a corner. The set-piece is dealt with comfortably enough by Costa Rica, but does lead to yet another lengthy spell of Italy possession. The Azzurri have stepped it up a gear since the break.
Mario Balotelli looks to lay the ball off inside the area and goes down under a late challenge from behind. It is not a clear-cut decision like the one in the first half on Joel Campbell should have been, but it could easily have been given.
Costa Rica get the game back underway, with the Italy line-up now including the mercurial Antonio Cassano. The attacker is on in place of Thiago Motta, which is a clear sign of intent.
Costa Rica clear an Andrea Pirlo free-kick to bring the first half to an end. The underdogs have the lead at the break, but it is they who crowd the referee after the whistle to complain about the decisions that saw them denied a penalty and Giorgio Chiellini escape a sending off. That huge - and incorrect - decision by the official may play a big part in the second half, as Italy's passing game will surely carve out more chances as the Costa Ricans tire. However, at half-time it is Italy 0, Costa Rica 1.
Justice is done as Bryan Ruiz's header crashes past Gianluigi Buffon in and in off the cross-bar (confirmed by the goal-line technology). Junior Diaz's brilliant cross took out the Italian centre-backs and left Gianluigi Buffon stranded, and Ruiz took full advantage. 1-0.
Costa Rica rob possession in the centre of the park and set Joel Campbell away on the counter-attack. The striker cuts back on to his left foot inside the area and appears to be bundled over by the covering Giorgio Chiellini, but the referee waves play on. To say the Costa Rican players and manager are furious is an understatement!
Bryan Ruiz shows impressive composure to wait for a free man to appear in the Italian box before dinking a cross in to Oscar Duarte. The defender is all on his own, but can't quite direct his flicked back-header into the net.
On the surface there isn't a huge amount to choose between the two teams, but Costa Rica have been restricted to speculative long-range efforts (the latest of which from Bryan Ruiz is comfortable for Gianluigi Buffon), whereas Italy are biding their time and looking to pick out the runners in behind Costa Rica's high-line defence, which will inevitably lead to more one-on-ones.
Italy have plenty of weaknesses, but ability to keep the ball is not one of them. The Azzurri ooze quality in possession, with Pirlo at the centre of everything as he strolls around the middle of the pitch. The veteran apparently made just four 'sprints' in the entirety of the win over England, but when you read the game like he does you rarely need to sprint.
Andrea Pirlo is a wonderful, wonderful footballer, and his pass to play Mario Balotelli through on goal is right out of his top-drawer. The forward tries to finish the goal in style, but his delicate chip over the goalkeeper lacks conviction... and more importantly direction... and drifts wide of the post.
The heat was going to take its toll eventually, and the game has slowed to walking pace (or Pirlo pace, if you will). The crowd respond by entertaining themselves with a Mexican Wave.
Mario Balotelli requested a kiss from the Queen of England if he scores in a win for Itay today (making the big presumption that she is a football fan), and the early signs are that the striker will cause the Costa Rican defence all sorts of problems. His strength and speed is giving Italy something to work off.
The Central American side were expected to struggle in this group, but their stunning victory over Uruguay showed their ability and they are giving this game a decent go too. Italy will have to work hard if they are to leave with the win.
It has been a thrilling start to the game, with both teams clearly keen to get an early goal and achieve a platform to play the game at their own pace. It is making for a very entertaining watch, with Italy's class shining through in the final third.
Costa Rica produce the best chance of the game so far. A corner is whipped right into the mixer and on to the head of Celso Borges, but he heads over the bar with Gianluigi Buffon in no man's land.
The Italians have started with a bang, dominating possession and finding plenty of space out wide for the overlapping full-backs to exploit.
Italy get the game underway and immediately show their intent to keep the ball with a spell of possession football inside their own half. A delicate chip over the top threatens to put Claudio Marchisio clean through inside the opening minute, but he's just caught offside.
The 22 players emerge into the blistering heat to be welcomed by a packed Arena Pernambuco crowd. The anthems are belted out and the game is all set for kick-off.
Luis Suarez's second goal that beat England yesterday has ensured that even a win today won't be enough to send Italy through to the second round, but Costa Rica could progress if they manage to muster up a second huge upset. Italy were quietly impressive in their 2-1 win over England in the heat of Manaus on Saturday, and will be looking for more of the same in the inevitably sweltering conditions in Recife. Their opponents, Costa Rica, were expected to be the whipping-boys of the group, but looked dangerous on the counter-attack against Uruguay and will fancy their chances if they manage to isolate Italy's centre-backs on the break. A win for Italy would leave Group D in a position where all four teams will still be in with a chance of qualifying on Tuesday. A draw or a win for Costa Rica would be enough to take it down to a three horse race for the final round – with England heading home early.
Cesare Prandelli is expected to make changes to his team, with Gianluigi Buffon fit to return between the sticks and Ignazio Abate in line for a return at left-back. Marco Verratti is struggling with illness, which will allow the Italian coach to add fresh legs to a team facing their second game in extremely testing conditions in the space of a week. Costa Rica are likely to be unchanged, with much resting on the shoulders of Joel Campbell. The striker has pace and raw talent, but may find life more difficult than he did against a pedestrian Uruguay back-line.
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Gianluigi Buffon1
Ignazio Abate7
Andrea Barzagli15
Giorgio Chiellini3
Matteo Darmian4
Andrea Pirlo21
Daniele De Rossi16
46' Thiago Motta5
57' Antonio Candreva6
69' Claudio Marchisio8
69' Mario Balotelli9
Salvatore Sirigu12
Mattia Perin13
Gabriel Paletta20
Leonardo Bonucci19
Mattia De Sciglio2
Alberto Aquilani14
Marco Parolo18
Marco Verratti23
46' Antonio Cassano10
69' Alessio Cerci11
57' Lorenzo Insigne22
Ciro Immobile17
Costa Rica
1Keylor Navas
16Cristian Gamboa
6Óscar Duarte
3Giancarlo González
4Michael Umana
15Júnior Díaz
10Bryan Ruiz 81' 44' 
5Celso Borges
17Yeltsin Tejeda 68'
7Christian Bolanos
9Joel Campbell 74'
18Patrick Pemberton
23Daniel Cambronero
19Roy Miller
8Dave Myrie
2Johnny Acosta
12Waylon Francis
22José Cubero 71' 68'
11Michael Barrantes
13Esteban Granados
20Diego Calvo
14Randall Brenes 81'
21Marco Urena 74'
Cesare Prandelli 
Jorge Luis Pinto 
1Gianluigi Buffon
7Ignazio Abate
15Andrea Barzagli
3Giorgio Chiellini
4Matteo Darmian
21Andrea Pirlo
16Daniele De Rossi
5Thiago Motta
Substitution Antonio Cassano (on) 46'
6Antonio Candreva
Substitution Lorenzo Insigne (on) 57'
8Claudio Marchisio
Substitution Alessio Cerci (on) 69'
9Mario Balotelli
Yellow Card 69'
12Salvatore Sirigu
13Mattia Perin
20Gabriel Paletta
19Leonardo Bonucci
2Mattia De Sciglio
14Alberto Aquilani
18Marco Parolo
23Marco Verratti
10Antonio Cassano
Substitution Antonio Cassano (on) 46'
11Alessio Cerci
Substitution Alessio Cerci (on) 69'
22Lorenzo Insigne
Substitution Lorenzo Insigne (on) 57'
17Ciro Immobile
Cesare Prandelli 
Costa Rica
1Keylor Navas
16Cristian Gamboa
6Óscar Duarte
3Giancarlo González
4Michael Umaña
15Júnior Díaz
10Bryan Ruiz
Substitution Randall Brenes (on) 81'
Goal 44'
5Celso Borges
17Yeltsin Tejeda
Substitution José Cubero (on) 68'
7Christian Bolaños
9Joel Campbell
Substitution Marco Ureña (on) 74'
18Patrick Pemberton
23Daniel Cambronero
19Roy Miller
8Dave Myrie
2Johnny Acosta
12Waylon Francis
22José Cubero
Yellow Card 71'
Substitution Yeltsin Tejeda (off) 68'
11Michael Barrantes
13Esteban Granados
20Diego Calvo
14Randall Brenes
Substitution Bryan Ruiz (off) 81'
21Marco Ureña
Substitution Joel Campbell (off) 74'
Jorge Luis Pinto 
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Team Stats
ItalyITA Costa RicaCRC
0 Goals 1
0 Assists 1
10 Shots 10
6 Shots on Goal 6
5 Saves 6
0 Penalties Scored 0
0 Penalty Kicks 0
8 Crosses 13
4 Corner Kicks 5
11 Offside 3
10 Fouls Committed 24
1 Cautions/Yellow Cards 1
0 Red Cards 0
58% Ball Possession 42%
No. Player MinP G YC RC GA Svs
1Gianluigi Buffon 90 - 0 0 1 4
3Giorgio Chiellini 90 0 0 0 - -
4Matteo Darmian 90 0 0 0 - -
5Thiago Motta 45 0 0 0 - -
6Antonio Candreva 56 0 0 0 - -
7Ignazio Abate 90 0 0 0 - -
8Claudio Marchisio 69 0 0 0 - -
9Mario Balotelli 90 0 1 0 - -
15Andrea Barzagli 90 0 0 0 - -
16Daniele De Rossi 90 0 0 0 - -
21Andrea Pirlo 90 0 0 0 - -
10Antonio Cassano 45 0 0 0 - -
11Alessio Cerci 21 0 0 0 - -
22Lorenzo Insigne 34 0 0 0 - -

Costa Rica
No. Player MinP G YC RC GA Svs
1Keylor Navas 90 - 0 0 0 4
3Giancarlo González 90 0 0 0 - -
4Michael Umana 90 0 0 0 - -
5Celso Borges 90 0 0 0 - -
6Óscar Duarte 90 0 0 0 - -
7Christian Bolanos 90 0 0 0 - -
9Joel Campbell 74 0 0 0 - -
10Bryan Ruiz 81 1 0 0 - -
15Júnior Díaz 90 0 0 0 - -
16Cristian Gamboa 90 0 0 0 - -
17Yeltsin Tejeda 67 0 0 0 - -
14Randall Brenes 9 0 0 0 - -
21Marco Urena 16 0 0 0 - -
22José Cubero 23 0 1 0 - -
ItalyITA vs. Costa RicaCRC
Minute Event
90' Game Over  Italy 0-1 Costa Rica
90' Half Over  Italy 0-1 Costa Rica
90' Throw-In  Matteo Darmian (Italy)
90' Goal Kick  Gianluigi Buffon (Italy)
90' Shot  Randall Brenes (Costa Rica)
90' Throw-In  Christian Bolanos (Costa Rica)
90' Goal Kick  Keylor Navas (Costa Rica)
90' Shot  Antonio Cassano (Italy)
90' Corner Kick  Alessio Cerci (Italy) - Off Target
89' Cross  Alessio Cerci (Italy) - Deflected - Out of Play
88' Foul  Chiellini fouled by Marco Urena (Costa Rica)
87' Offside  Alessio Cerci (Italy)
86' Throw-In  Ignazio Abate (Italy)
85' Foul  Darmian fouled by Christian Bolanos (Costa Rica)
84' Throw-In  Cristian Gamboa (Costa Rica)
84' Shot on Goal  Marco Urena (Costa Rica)
83' Foul  Randall Brenes (Costa Rica)
82' Goal Kick  Keylor Navas (Costa Rica)
82' Shot  Lorenzo Insigne (Italy)
81' Foul  Pirlo fouled by Marco Urena (Costa Rica)
81' Substitution  Randall Brenes (on). Ruiz (off). (Costa Rica)
80' Foul  Pirlo fouled by José Cubero (Costa Rica)
80' Goal Kick  Keylor Navas (Costa Rica)
79' Cross  Ignazio Abate (Italy)
78' Foul  Abate fouled by Christian Bolanos (Costa Rica)
78' Goal Kick  Keylor Navas (Costa Rica)
77' Cross  Antonio Cassano (Italy) - Intercepted
76' Throw-In  Ignazio Abate (Italy)
75' Throw-In  Matteo Darmian (Italy)
75' Foul  Abate fouled by Christian Bolanos (Costa Rica)
74' Substitution  Marco Urena (on). Campbell (off). (Costa Rica)
74' Offside  Alessio Cerci (Italy)
73' Foul  De Rossi fouled by Joel Campbell (Costa Rica)
72' Throw-In  Cristian Gamboa (Costa Rica)
71' Yellow Card  José Cubero (Costa Rica)
71' Foul  Cassano fouled by Giancarlo González (Costa Rica)
69' Substitution  Alessio Cerci (on). Marchisio (off). (Italy)
69' Yellow Card  Mario Balotelli (Italy)
69' Foul  Díaz fouled by Mario Balotelli (Italy)
68' Goal Kick  Gianluigi Buffon (Italy)
68' Substitution  José Cubero (on). Tejeda (off). (Costa Rica)
66' Offside  Lorenzo Insigne (Italy)
66' Foul  Bolanos fouled by Ignazio Abate (Italy)
65' Throw-In  Júnior Díaz (Costa Rica)
65' Throw-In  Ignazio Abate (Italy)
63' Foul  González fouled by Mario Balotelli (Italy)
63' Throw-In  Júnior Díaz (Costa Rica)
62' Foul  Díaz fouled by Claudio Marchisio (Italy)
62' Shot on Goal  Antonio Cassano (Italy)
61' Foul  Marchisio fouled by Christian Bolanos (Costa Rica)
61' Foul  Marchisio fouled by Júnior Díaz (Costa Rica)
60' Foul  Bolanos fouled by Ignazio Abate (Italy)
60' Offside  Lorenzo Insigne (Italy)
59' Offside  Joel Campbell (Costa Rica)
59' Offside  Christian Bolanos (Costa Rica)
58' Throw-In  Júnior Díaz (Costa Rica)
57' Substitution  Lorenzo Insigne (on). Candreva (off). (Italy)
56' Offside  Mario Balotelli (Italy)
55' Throw-In  Cristian Gamboa (Costa Rica)
55' Cross  Antonio Candreva (Italy) - Directly Out
54' Shot on Goal  Celso Borges (Costa Rica)
53' Offside  Antonio Cassano (Italy)
53' Shot on Goal  Andrea Pirlo (Italy)
53' Free Kick  Andrea Pirlo (Italy)
52' Foul  Cassano fouled by Michael Umana (Costa Rica)
51' Corner Kick  Antonio Candreva (Italy)
51' Shot on Goal  Matteo Darmian (Italy)
51' Foul  Pirlo fouled by Bryan Ruiz (Costa Rica)
50' Cross  Antonio Candreva (Italy) - Completed Pass
50' Goal Kick  Gianluigi Buffon (Italy)
50' Shot  Giancarlo González (Costa Rica)
50' Corner Kick  Christian Bolanos (Costa Rica) - Off Target
48' Offside  Joel Campbell (Costa Rica)
47' Foul  Campbell fouled by Matteo Darmian (Italy)
47' Corner Kick  Andrea Pirlo (Italy) - Headed Out - In Play
46' Foul  Cassano fouled by Bryan Ruiz (Costa Rica)
46' Start Half 
46' Substitution  Antonio Cassano (on). Thiago Motta (off). (Italy)
45' Half Over  Italy 0-1 Costa Rica
45' Cross  Andrea Pirlo (Italy) - Clearance Out of Play
45' Free Kick  Andrea Pirlo (Italy)
45' Foul  Thiago Motta fouled by Yeltsin Tejeda (Costa Rica)
45' Foul  Barzagli fouled by Christian Bolanos (Costa Rica)
44' Goal  Bryan Ruiz (Costa Rica). Assist by Díaz
44' Shot on Goal  Bryan Ruiz (Costa Rica)
44' Cross  Júnior Díaz (Costa Rica) - On Target
43' Shot on Goal  Mario Balotelli (Italy)
42' Goal Kick  Gianluigi Buffon (Italy)
42' Shot  Óscar Duarte (Costa Rica)
42' Cross  Bryan Ruiz (Costa Rica) - Off Target
41' Corner Kick  Christian Bolanos (Costa Rica) - Defended by Keeper
41' Cross  Júnior Díaz (Costa Rica) - Deflected - Out of Play
39' Shot on Goal  Bryan Ruiz (Costa Rica)
38' Offside  Mario Balotelli (Italy)
38' Throw-In  Matteo Darmian (Italy)
38' Cross  Júnior Díaz (Costa Rica) - Headed Out - In Play
37' Throw-In  Cristian Gamboa (Costa Rica)
36' Shot on Goal  Christian Bolanos (Costa Rica)
36' Cross  Celso Borges (Costa Rica) - Clearance In Play
36' Shot on Goal  Antonio Candreva (Italy)
35' Foul  De Rossi fouled by Júnior Díaz (Costa Rica)
34' Offside  Matteo Darmian (Italy)
34' Throw-In  Ignazio Abate (Italy)
33' Shot on Goal  Mario Balotelli (Italy)
32' Foul  Darmian fouled by Cristian Gamboa (Costa Rica)
32' Goal Kick  Keylor Navas (Costa Rica)
31' Shot  Mario Balotelli (Italy)
31' Goal Kick  Gianluigi Buffon (Italy)
30' Throw-In  Matteo Darmian (Italy)
29' Cross  Joel Campbell (Costa Rica) - Clearance In Play
28' Foul  Pirlo fouled by Bryan Ruiz (Costa Rica)
27' Goal Kick  Keylor Navas (Costa Rica)
27' Shot  Thiago Motta (Italy)
26' Foul  Marchisio fouled by Yeltsin Tejeda (Costa Rica)
25' Throw-In  Ignazio Abate (Italy)
25' Offside  Mario Balotelli (Italy)
24' Throw-In  Bryan Ruiz (Costa Rica)
23' Foul  González fouled by Mario Balotelli (Italy)
22' Throw-In  Júnior Díaz (Costa Rica)
21' Goal Kick  Gianluigi Buffon (Italy)
20' Throw-In  Júnior Díaz (Costa Rica)
20' Cross  Óscar Duarte (Costa Rica) - Deflected - Out of Play
20' Corner Kick  Joel Campbell (Costa Rica)
19' Throw-In  Cristian Gamboa (Costa Rica)
18' Cross  Joel Campbell (Costa Rica) - Clearance In Play
18' Throw-In  Cristian Gamboa (Costa Rica)
16' Corner Kick  Christian Bolanos (Costa Rica) - Defended by Keeper
14' Offside  Ignazio Abate (Italy)
13' Throw-In  Júnior Díaz (Costa Rica)
12' Foul  Christian Bolanos (Costa Rica)
12' Throw-In  Júnior Díaz (Costa Rica)
11' Foul  Chiellini fouled by Bryan Ruiz (Costa Rica)
11' Foul  Gamboa fouled by Andrea Pirlo (Italy)
10' Goal Kick  Keylor Navas (Costa Rica)
10' Goal Kick  Gianluigi Buffon (Italy)
9' Foul  Duarte fouled by Mario Balotelli (Italy)
9' Corner Kick  Andrea Pirlo (Italy) - Foul
8' Foul  Darmian fouled by Bryan Ruiz (Costa Rica)
8' Throw-In  Cristian Gamboa (Costa Rica)
8' Goal Kick  Gianluigi Buffon (Italy)
7' Shot  Celso Borges (Costa Rica)
7' Corner Kick  Christian Bolanos (Costa Rica) - Off Target
6' Cross  Yeltsin Tejeda (Costa Rica) - Deflected - Out of Play
6' Foul  Marchisio fouled by Óscar Duarte (Costa Rica)
5' Foul  Díaz fouled by Ignazio Abate (Italy)
4' Cross  Antonio Candreva (Italy) - Clearance In Play
4' Throw-In  Cristian Gamboa (Costa Rica)
3' Throw-In  Júnior Díaz (Costa Rica)
2' Shot on Goal  Christian Bolanos (Costa Rica)
1' Offside  Claudio Marchisio (Italy)
1' Start Half 
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