Costa Rica beats Italy, 1-0

RECIFE, Brazil – Costa Rica has incited a tables on a team’s World Cup expectations.

Or during slightest on everybody else’s expectations.

Costa Rica followed adult a warn feat over Uruguay with another World Cup stunner on Friday, violence four-time champion Italy 1-0 to secure a mark in a subsequent turn and discharge England in a process.

After entering a contest as an approaching loser in a organisation featuring 3 former universe champions, Costa Rica is now on top.

Costa Rica came into a contest ranked 28th in a world. Uruguay is seventh and Italy is ninth.

“Maybe there are a lot of people who didn’t have faith in us given we were in a ‘Group of Death,’?” pronounced Costa Rica captain Bryan Ruiz, who scored a goal. “But a other guys are a ones who are passed and we’re going to a subsequent round.”

Ruiz gave his side a lead in a 44th minute, streamer in a turn off a underside of a crossbar following a cranky from Junior Diaz. Goal-line record was used to uncover a turn bounced down and in after attack a bar.

There was a mad finish to a initial half, as moments before Ruiz’s idea Costa Rica had a chastisement interest waved divided when striker Joel Campbell was bundled over by Giorgio Chiellini.

Costa Rica leads Group D with 6 points, while Italy and Uruguay have 3 any before Tuesday’s showdown. England has 0 points after losing to Italy and Uruguay.

Italy (1934, 1938, 1982, 2006), Uruguay (1930, 1950) and England (1966) have won a total 7 World Cups.

Costa Rica’s usually other coming in a knockout proviso came in a World Cup entrance in 1990, when it kick Sweden and Scotland underneath gifted manager Bora Milutinovic before removing separated by Czechoslovakia.

“Those who haven’t upheld us might trust in us right now,” Ruiz said.

Italy, meanwhile, can still allege with a feat or a pull with Uruguay, given it leads on idea difference.

“We gave a all. They did good to retard each pass,” Italy manager Cesare Prandelli said. “There’s no worry now. We usually need to recover a energy.”

Italy captain Gianluigi Buffon said, “There are no some-more Cinderellas in football, generally in a foe like a World Cup.”

It noted a fourth uninterrupted World Cup in that Italy unsuccessful to win a second match, nonetheless usually in 2010 did a Azzurri not allege to a turn of 16.

“We’ll play a good compare opposite Uruguay,” second-half Italy surrogate Antonio Cassano said. “I’m assured we will. … If we recover a appetite we can (advance) comfortably.”

While it was nowhere nearby as prohibited as Italy feared during a Arena Pernambuco — 84 degrees and 70 percent steam according to FIFA — a Azzurri still struggled to keep adult with a rapid Ticos for prolonged stretches.

Costa Rica manager Jorge Luis Pinto lined adult 5 defenders though his patrol was means to allege brazen with one swift, unconditional transformation — usually as in a 3-1 dissapoint of Uruguay.

“We did what we indispensable to do, we took divided a diversion from a Italians,” Pinto said.

The Azzurri frequency threatened until Mario Balotelli had chances in a 31st and 33rd minutes.

First, Balotelli was set adult with a long, straight pass from Andrea Pirlo and attempted to lift a bouncing turn over a charging goalkeeper’s conduct though missed a target. Then a Azzurri brazen had an bid from over a area stopped by goalkeeper Keylor Navas.

“If we had scored goals on those dual chances for Balotelli, a compare would have changed,” Prandelli said.

Costa Rica kept a intrepidity after a scoring threats from Balotelli and in a 36th notation Buffon had to make a diving save to stop a shot from midfielder Christian Bolanos.

In a 43rd, Chiellini done an uncharacteristic blunder — gifting a turn to Campbell nearby midfield — and afterwards raced behind and committed what seemed to be a transparent foul. But arbitrate Enrique Osses motioned to play on.

Prandelli attempted to stir things adult by adding Cassano, Lorenzo Insigne and Alessio Cerci in a second half, providing a Azzurri with 4 forwards instead of usually Balotelli, though a tactic didn’t work.

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