In a World Cup knee deep in fascinating stories and genuine surprises, the tiny Central American nation have presented us with perhaps the best yet.
Ranked 28th in the world by FIFA – that’s a place beneath Scotland – Costa Rica added a thoroughly deserved victory over Italy to the 3-1 lesson they handed Uruguay last Saturday in Fortaleza.
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Italy 0-1 Costa Rica (5pm)
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Italy: Buffon, Darmian, Barzagli, Chiellini, Abate, Thiago Motta (Cassano 46), De Rossi, Candreva (Insigne 57), Pirlo, Marchisio (Cerci 69), Balotelli.
Subs: Sirigu, De Sciglio, Aquilani, Immobile, Parolo, Bonucci, Paletta, Verratti, Perin.
Costa Rica: Navas, Gamboa, Umana, Duarte, Diaz, Gonzalez, Ruiz (Brenes 81), Borges, Tejeda (Cubero 68), Bolanos, Campbell (Urena 74).
Subs: Pemberton, Acosta, Myrie, Barrantes, Francis, Granados, Miller, Calvo, Cambronero.
Goal: Ruiz 44.
Referee: Enrique Osses (Chile)
Costa Rica vs Italy 1 – 0 All Goals (World Cup Brazil) 20.06.14 HD