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    Italy - Costa Rica 0:1 (0:1)

    Date Venue / Stadium Time Attendance
    20 June 2014 Recife /Arena Pernambuco 13:00 40285

    Match Officials

    FIFA General Coordinator
    BOYS Michael (CHI)
    Fifth Official
    CAMARA Djibril (SEN)
    Referee
    OSSES Enrique (CHI)
    Assistant Referee 1
    ASTROZA Carlos (CHI)
    Assistant Referee 2
    ROMAN Sergio (CHI)
    Fourth Official
    ALIOUM (CMR)

    Total Goals scored

    Bryan RUIZ (CRC) 44'


    Italy

    Costa Rica
    1
    BUFFON (GK)(C)
    1
    NAVAS K. (GK)
    3
    CHIELLINI
    3
    GONZALEZ G.
    4
    DARMIAN
    4
    UMAÑA M.
    5
    THIAGO MOTTA (-46' HT)
    5
    BORGES C.
    6
    CANDREVA (-57')
    6
    DUARTE O.
    7
    ABATE
    7
    BOLAÑOS C.
    8
    MARCHISIO (-69')
    9
    CAMPBELL J. (-74')
    9
    BALOTELLI
    10
    RUIZ B. (C) (-81')
    15
    BARZAGLI
    15
    DIAZ J.
    16
    DE ROSSI
    16
    GAMBOA C.
    21
    PIRLO
    17
    TEJEDA Y. (-68')
    Substitutes Substitutes
    12
    SIRIGU (GK)
    18
    PEMBERTON P. (GK)
    13
    PERIN (GK)
    23
    CAMBRONERO D. (GK)
    2
    DE SCIGLIO
    2
    ACOSTA J.
    10
    CASSANO (+46' HT)
    8
    MYRIE D.
    11
    CERCI (+69')
    11
    BARRANTES M.
    14
    AQUILANI
    12
    FRANCIS W.
    17
    IMMOBILE
    13
    GRANADOS O.
    18
    PAROLO
    14
    BRENES R. (+81')
    19
    BONUCCI
    19
    MILLER R.
    20
    PALETTA
    20
    CALVO D.
    22
    INSIGNE (+57')
    21
    UREÑA M. (+74')
    23
    VERRATTI
    22
    CUBERO J. (+68')
    Coach Coach
    PRANDELLI Cesare (ITA) PINTO Jorge Luis (COL)

    Cautions

    Mario BALOTELLI (ITA) 69' , Jose CUBERO (CRC) 71'

    a.e.t.: After extra time (C): Captain PSO: Penalty Shoot-out
    GK: Goalkeeper N: Not eligible to play I: Injured
    Y: Misses next match if booked Pos: Positions A: Absent

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    Ruiz stuns Italy, sends Costa Rica through

    Costa Rica’s amazing run here at the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ continued in Recife, the Central American upstarts adding Italy’s scalp to their Group D belt after opening with a win over Uruguay. Los Ticos are now through to the knockout phase for only the second time in their history, thanks to a Bryan Ruiz header just before the interval at the Arena Pernambuco.

    Costa Rica, playing with a five-man backline, were eager to break on the counter-attack early. And the CONCACAF minnows produced the first chance of the opening period. Celso Borges met a swirling corner with a flying leap, but the veteran midfielder was unable to keep his effort down and it flew over the crossbar of captain Gianluigi Buffon, back in the Azzurri line-up after sitting out the first match injured in Manaus.

    Italy coach Cesare Prandelli admitted before the match to being fearful of Costa Rica’s combination of “European-style organisation” and the “explosiveness of the Americas.” He had reason to be nervous too. Mario Balotelii had trouble keeping the ball up front in a lone-striker’s role and Los Ticos blasted forward like lightning whenever they had the chance.

    Balotelii finally slipped his man on the half-hour mark, racing free on the end of a long ball from Andrea Pirlo, in his traditional deep playmaker’s role. But the enigmatic AC Milan forward was unable to put his delicate lob of Keylor Navas into the back of the net. The Italians’ best chance of the half spurred a Costa Rican response.

    Buffon was called into action shortly after and had to be on his toes to keep out a curling effort from Copenhagen-based winger Cristian Bolanos. It was a hint of things to come and Costa Rica upped the tempo in the dying moments of the half, heaping heavy pressure on Italy. Oscar Duarte’s header zipped just over the bar before Campbell saw a penalty shout waved away.

    But the Italian resistance gave way a minute before the interval. Junior Diaz whipped in a devastating cross from the left that Bryan Ruiz headed off the underside of the bar and into the goal from a tight angle. Goal-line technology confirmed what the Tico fans had desperately hoped: that the ball had crossed the line.

    The Italians were desperate to get back into the game as the second-half got underway. Prandelli brought on forward Antonio Cassano for holding midfielder Thiago Motta for the restart. It didn’t have the desired effect and only managed to leave more room for Costa Rica’s rampaging striker Campbell, who was just barely denied by a sprawling Buffon, who raced well-outside his area on the hour-mark. In the end, the Ticos didn’t need another goal as 1-0 was enough to win on an historic day.

    Costa Rica, amazingly through the knockout stages after two games, take on England in their third game on 24 June in Belo Horizonte. Italy, with three points from their two matches, take on Uruguay in Natal at the same time.

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    Italy-Costa Rica: Quotes

    Jorge Luis Pinto, Costa Rica coach
    It was a lovely game and we're really pleased by how Bryan [Ruiz] got his goal at such an important time, just before the interval. We were playing against an incredible team and we’re very proud. I don’t want to seem like I’m being over-positive, but I honestly think that our defence were simply perfect today. It’s not easy tackling a team of Italy’s quality. It must be said that much of what I now know about the game I owe to Italy, having always followed Italian football. Our players now have to stay cool and keep going. We need to savour this win but also be ready to play well in our upcoming matches.

    Bryan Ruiz, Costa Rica captain and Budweiser Man of the Match It was a great win but, on the other hand, it’s worth highlighting that the whole team believed that this was possible, particularly after we beat Uruguay. I think it’s only now, a little after the game, that it's sinking in how much this achievement will mean to the people of Costa Rica.

    Cesare Prandelli, Italy coach
    We could see that it was a very slow pitch and that, what’s more, we knew we’d be up against an exceptionally well-organised and physically strong Costa Rica team, one which knows how to make the most of any open spaces. When you come up against a side that are more athletic than you, you have to be more organised than them – and we weren’t. Unfortunately, after we conceded the goal we weren’t capable to responding: we tried to create one-on-one situations on the flanks but we never really managed to take advantage of them. But now’s not the time to be negative, instead we need to recharge our batteries because in three days we’ll have another chance to clinch a Round of 16 spot. In truth, when the draw was made we knew this would be a tough group and that there was a good chance of finding ourselves in a position like this: taking on Uruguay in an absolutely decisive game.

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