Italy 0-1 Costa Rica: Fulham attacker knocks out England

Italy 0 - 1 Costa Rica

  • 44" Bryan Ruiz

Ref: Enrique Osses
Attendance: 40,285

Bryan Ruiz

A match that England were relying on Italy to win and keep alive their faint hopes of qualification ended in victory for Costa Rica, thanks to a Bryan Ruiz goal.

Italy created the first chance of the Group D clash, and it fell to former Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli.

Clean through on goal, Balotelli attempted to chip the on-rushing goalkeeper, only to put the ball wide of the left-hand post.

Costa Rica were dominant in the first half and should have had a penalty on 43 minutes when Giorgio Chiellini brought down Arsenal striker Joel Campbell, but the referee controversially decided against awarding the spot-kick.

The Central Americans’ frustrations didn’t last long, however, as they scored just a minute later through Fulham’s attacking midfielder Bryan Ruiz, who headed a cross into the net via the underside of the bar.

Costa Rica may have spent a lot of energy in the first half, but a second-half onslaught never arrived from the Italians.

In fact, it was the team from the CONCACAF region who looked likelier to score again. Campbell had a good shot from the edge of the area that was blocked by Chiellini.

In the big scheme of things, it didn’t matter as they held on for a memorable 1-0 win to go through to the round of 16 of the 2014 World Cup finals, knocking out England in the process.



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Team Lineups


  • Gianluigi Buffon
  • Giorgio Chiellini
  • Ignazio Abate
  • Andrea Barzagli
  • Matteo Darmian
  • Daniele De Rossi
  • Antonio Candreva
  • Thiago Motta
  • Andrea Pirlo
  • Claudio Marchisio
  • Mario Balotelli


  • Salvatore Sirigu
  • Antonio Cassano
  • Lorenzo Insigne
  • Alessio Cerci
  • Alberto Aquilani
  • Ciro Immobile
  • Gabriel Paletta
  • Mattia De Sciglio
  • Marco Verratti
  • Marco Parolo
  • Mattia Perin
  • Leonardo Bonucci

Costa Rica

  • Keylor Navas
  • Oscar Duarte
  • Giancarlo Gonzalez
  • Michael Umaña
  • Cristian Gamboa
  • Júnior Díaz
  • Bryan Ruiz
  • Christian Bolaños
  • Celso Borges
  • Yeltsin Tejeda
  • Joel Campbell


  • Patrick Pemberton
  • Daniel Cambronero
  • José Cubero
  • David Myrie
  • Waylon Francis
  • Diego Calvo
  • Marcos Ureña
  • Roy Miller
  • Johnny Acosta
  • Michael Barrantes
  • Randall Brenes
  • Esteban Granados

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