Italy v Costa Rica, 20 June 2014

Score1-0 to Costa Rica
RefereeEnrique Osses
CompetitionFIFA World Cup Finals Group D
VenueItaipava Arena Pernambuco
Attendance40,285
Kick-off 1.00pm local (5.00pm BST) England and Italy expected the Azzurri to do their duty, but they got off to an awful start, with Abate being especially lazy and inaccurate in his passing in the opening minutes. Italy gradually took control of the game, which given the heat was played at a slow pace. However, they failed to make many opportunities. On the half hour mark a great ball by Pirlo to Balotelli should have led to a goal. On 43 minutes, Campbell went through on goal but was brought down in the area. A clear penalty, but the officials waved play on. Shortly afterwards Ruiz put Costa Rica ahead with a header at the near post. After half time Italy failed to impress, passes going astray and the attackers repeatedly flagged off-side, whilst Costa Rica pressed Italy hard, restricting chances and looking the more likely to score. An historical and well-deserved win for Costa Rica who become the first team through from a group including England, Italy and Uruguay. It also meant England were eliminated from the World Cup finals at a group stage for the first time since 1958.

0  Italy

Manager: Cesare Prandelli

1  Costa Rica

Manager: Jorge Luis Pinto

Goals:

Goals:

Bryan Ruiz 44 G

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon (captain)
Defender Ignazio Abate
Defender Andrea Barzagli
Defender Matteo Darmian
Midfielder Antonio Candreva
Midfielder Daniele De Rossi
Midfielder Claudio Marchisio
Midfielder Thiago Motta
Forward Mario Balotelli
Forward Andrea Pirlo

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Keylor Navas
Defender Junior Diaz
Defender Óscar Duarte
Defender Michael Umaña
Defender/Midfielder Cristian Gamboa
Midfielder Christian Bolaños
Midfielder Celso Borges
Midfielder Yeltsin Tejeda
Midfielder/Forward Bryan Ruiz (captain)
Forward Joel Campbell

Substitutions:

Antonio Cassano for Thiago Motta 46
Lorenzo Insigne for Antonio Candreva 57
Alessio Cerci for Claudio Marchisio 69

Substitutions:

Jose Cubero for Yeltsin Tejeda 68
Marco Ureña for Joel Campbell 74
Randall Brenes for Bryan Ruiz 81

Cards:

Mario Balotelli 69 Y

Cards:

Jose Cubero 71 Y

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Mattia Perin
Goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu
Defender Leonardo Bonucci
Defender/Centre back Gabriel Paletta
Midfielder Alberto Aquilani
Midfielder Marco Parolo
Midfielder Marco Verratti
Forward Antonio Cassano
Forward Alessio Cerci
Forward Ciro Immobile
Forward Lorenzo Insigne

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Daniel Cambronero
Goalkeeper Patrick Pemberton
Defender Johnny Acosta
Defender Waylon Francis
Defender David Myrie
Defender/Midfielder Roy Miller
Midfielder Michael Barrantes
Midfielder Diego Calvo
Midfielder Jose Cubero
Midfielder Esteban Granados
Forward Randall Brenes
Forward Marco Ureña