Costa Rica Vs Italy, Group D - Live Score

FRIDAY 20TH JUNE - 9:30PM (LOCAL) | ARENA PERNAMBUCO, RECIFE

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Italy:  The Dark Horse of the World Cup, Italy remains to be the side to watch out for in the tournament. Cesare Prandelli would like his side to win the coveted trophy for their inspiring captain Gianluigi Buffon and Andrea Pirlo, who are likely making their last world cup appearance. Four times world cup winning champions, Italy also boast of young talents like Marco Verratti and Mario Balotelli.

Costa Rica: Twenty-Eighth ranked Costa Rica will be making their fourth World Cup appearance in the World Cup. Coach Jorge Luis Pinto’s side impressed during the qualification stage by conceding the lowest number of goals and fantastic home record of five out of five wins in the final phase. Bryan Ruiz, one of the best players for Costa Rica has been a main stay for the national side since 2007 and is expected to come up good for Ticos.

Head-to-Head

Total Matches Played: 1

Italy 1 Win, Costa Rica 0 Win, 0 Draw

Commentary

(171 Mins)

Italy seem to have run out of steam. They cannot regain possession and Costa Rica are more than happy to pass the ball around as the clock ticks down.

(170 Mins)

Pinto congratulates goal scorer Ruiz as he comes off.

(169 Mins)

There will be four minutes of added time.

(168 Mins)

Chiellini is putting on a stoic performance. He has clearly run out of energy, but Italy has no substitutions left and cannot take him off.

(166 Mins)

The Italian bench watches on as their teammates are trying to find a last-minute equaliser to rescue a point from this game.

(164 Mins)

The Italians are getting a bit desperate in their frantic search for an equaliser. They need to be more disciplined in the final five minutes if they want to create scoring chances.

(163 Mins)

Chance for Costa Rica. Urena breaks away at the halfway line and runs in behind Chiellini. The Italian centre back catches up with him and manages to block his shot.

(161 Mins)

Insigne receives a floating pass on the edge of the box. The Napoli striker attempts an acrobatic shot, but he sends the ball metres off target.

(160 Mins)

Pinto makes his final substitution. Goal-scorer Ruiz gives way to Randall Brenes.

(158 Mins)

Italy dominate possession, but they seem to be lacking ideas when they come into the final third. They need something magic to find an equaliser.

(157 Mins)

Costa Rica are just over 10 minutes away from a second consecutive World Cup win. Will they manage to cling on to this result?

(155 Mins)

Italy are struggling to link up in attack. Costa Rica defend with at least five/six players standing in a solid line and leave little space for the pacey Italian forwards to exploit.

(154 Mins)

Pinto inserts fresh forces in attack. Campbell is replaced by Marco Urena.

(153 Mins)

Balotelli is booked after clattering with a Costa Rican defender. The Italian striker has not put on a great performance so far.

(151 Mins)

Italy try to construct the game from the back, but their passing is appalling and they give away possession.

(149 Mins)

Final substitution for Italy. Alessio Cerci is on for Marchisio. He will be stationed wide on the right hand side with Cassano shifting in the N. 10 position.

(148 Mins)

Balotelli is the first player to go into the referees book. The Italian striker is visibly frustrated and brings down his marker in the box.

(147 Mins)

First change for Costa Rica. Cubero comes on to replace Tejeda.

(146 Mins)

The Italian strikers are getting increasingly frustrated as they cannot find a way to break through the Costa Rican backline.

(143 Mins)

Italy are trying to dictate the game, but their passing has been very sloppy today.

(142 Mins)

The Maestro, Andrea Pirlo, sends a beautifully-taken free kick towards Keylor Navas. The Costa Rican keeper parries the ball away with a great save.

(140 Mins)

Chiellini, together with his fellow Italian defenders, has struggled to hold off the Costa Rican forwards today. The Italian backline needs to do much better.

(138 Mins)

Costa Rica come forward strongly on the counter attack. Bryan plays a through-ball to find Bolano running for goal. Buffon has to come off the line to clear the ball away.

(137 Mins)

Costa Rica have dropped a little bit deeper now, trying to defend their lead.

(134 Mins)

Another change for Italy. Napolis Lorenzo Insigne replaces Candreva. The pint-sized forward player could spark Italys creativity up front.

(134 Mins)

Balotelli scored the winner for Italy in their opening game against England. Will he come to the rescue today?

(132 Mins)

Pirlo hits a floating ball towards goal, but Navas makes a diving save and punches the ball away for safety.

(131 Mins)

Cassano gets a free kick for Italy 30 metres off the goal. Andrea Pirlo is lining up to take it.

(129 Mins)

Italy come forward again. Candreva bursts down the right flank before playing the ball to Cassano who is unmarked in the box. The striker attempts a pass to Balotelli, but the ball is cleared away by the Costa Rican defence.

(128 Mins)

Italy have started the second half with great attacking intent, but the Costa Ricans break away with ease and seem to be very threatening on the counter attack.

(126 Mins)

Balotelli goes down in the box as he is tackled from behind. It looks like a fair challenge and no penalty is given.

(125 Mins)

We are back underway.

(123 Mins)

Prandelli makes his first substitution trying to beef up Italys attacking power. Cassano comes on for Thiago Motta.

(118 Mins)

Buffon pulls off a flying save, but he cannot do anything to sweep the ball away before it crosses the line.

(116 Mins)

The Azzurri have been very sluggish in the first half and need to do much better after the break if they want to salvage something from this game. Balotelli had a couple of chances to put Italy in front, but his efforts were saved by the effective goalkeeping of Keylor Navas.

(113 Mins)

Bryan Ruizs opening goal sparks wild celebrations at the Arena Pernambuco. If Costa Rica win today they can become the only non-European country, other than Brazil and Argentina, to beat two former World Cup winners in a single tournament.

(110 Mins)

Costa Rica have been the more ambitious and attacking-minded side in this first half and deserve to be in front. Just minutes before Ruiz gave them the lead with a stunning header, the Central Americans appealed for a penalty that the referee should have awarded them.

(108 Mins)

HALF-TIME - Italy 0 - 1 Costa Rica (Ruiz)

(106 Mins)

Costa Rica take a deserved lead. Diaz drifts in a curling cross from the left hand side that finds Bryan Ruiz who can get a free header at the far post. He beats Buffon sending the ball in and off the bar. Goal line technology shows that the ball crossed the line.

(105 Mins)

Italy 0 - 1 Costa Rica (Ruiz)

(104 Mins)

There is a penalty shout for Costa Rica. Chiellini brings down Campbell after the striker has dribbled away from him. The Costa Ricans are fuming.

(102 Mins)

Chance for Costa Rica. Ruiz chips in a floating cross that goes in the path of Duarte. The Costa Rican heads the ball towards Buffon, but it goes over the bar.

(101 Mins)

Italy seem to have settled now. The Azzurri are keeping most of the ball, but they still cannot find a way though the Costa Rican backline.

(99 Mins)

Balotelli gets a chipped shot away but he cannot find the back of the net to give Italy the lead.

(98 Mins)

It is an historic day for Gigi Buffon. The Italian keeper becomes the fifth Italian to play in four World Cups, joining Gianni Rivera, Giuseppe Bergomi, Paolo Maldini and Fabio Cannavaro

(97 Mins)

Bolanos fires in a powerful a shot from the edge of the box. Buffon makes a diving save and palms the ball away.

(96 Mins)

The game has resumed. Italy are bursting forward with attacking intent, but they quickly lose possession.

(95 Mins)

The game has stopped now. There has been a collision between De Rossi and Diaz and the two players are lying down on the ground in pain.

(94 Mins)

Balotelli with another great scoring chance. The Italian striker slips though the opposite backline and fires a shot from the edge of the box. Navas first parries the ball away and then blocks it before Marchisio can tap it in.

(92 Mins)

Chance for Italy. Pirlo finds a pocket of space in the Costa Rican defence and sends a delicious through-ball to Balotelli. The striker has only Navas to beat, but he chips the ball wide of the post.

(90 Mins)

Costa Rica have had over 60% of possession so far. The Central Americans dictate the game, but they have not brought any great threat in the Azzurris area.

(88 Mins)

Thiago Motta hits the ball 20 metres off the goal, but his low drive cannot find the target and goes wide of the left post.

(86 Mins)

England striker Daniel Sturridge shows his support for Italy on Twitter: "Come on Italy!! Necessità il primo dei due favori! Learnt that from the local Italian chef. .. #badtimes "

(85 Mins)

Pirlo has not stamped his mark on the game so far. The Costa Ricans double on him every time he collects the ball and shut him down with ease.

(82 Mins)

Balotelli dribbles his way into the box, but the Costa Rican defenders eventually manage to crowd him out and get the ball off him.

(80 Mins)

Campbell delivers a ball that is too high for everybody and does nothing to trouble Italys defence.

(79 Mins)

Italy are giving away possession carelessly today. Now there is a great chance from a corner kick for Costa Rica.

(78 Mins)

Balotelli is feeling a bit lonely up front. He is battling it out with the Costa Rican defenders, but his teammates are not giving him much support.

(77 Mins)

Borges sends a powerful header towards Buffon. The ball, though, goes wide over the cross bar.

(75 Mins)

Italy try to create a first scoring chance but their attack breaks down as Abate is offside. The Central Americans have been defending extremely well so far.

(73 Mins)

The Azzurri are particularly wary of Joel Campbell’s energetic pace that could see him sprint in behind their defence. The Arsenal striker, who put his name on the scoresheet against Uruguay, will be hoping to increase his goal tally today.

(71 Mins)

Italy are starting to come forward now, but they are slightly disjointed in their attacking efforts and struggle to break through the solid Costa Rican backline.

(70 Mins)

The two teams line up for the national anthems before kick-off.

(68 Mins)

Chance for Costa Rica. A corner kick is whipped in beautifully by the Central Americans. Borges leaps highest and gets a free header, but he cannot direct the ball towards the goal.

(67 Mins)

Marchisio is brought down cynically by Duarte at the halfway line. No yellow card for him though.

(65 Mins)

Marchisio dispossesses a Costa Rican midfielder and charges down the left flank. He passes the ball into the area for Balotelli, but the striker has no support and eventually gives away possession.

(63 Mins)

We are off to a slow start. Surprisingly, Costa Rica are enjoying most of the possession, while the Italians are happy to sit back at the moment.

(61 Mins)

We are off. Italy in all blue get us underway.

(58 Mins)

Thousands of Costa Rican supporters have turned up at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife today. They seem to be outnumbering their Italian counterparts.

(55 Mins)

The two teams led by their captains are heading out onto the pitch for the national anthems. We are just five minutes away from kick off.

(54 Mins)

This Group D clash is also pivotal to Englands hopes of remaining in the World Cup. The Three Lions’ adventure in Brazil, in fact, will come to a crushing end if Italy do not pick up all three points today.

(52 Mins)

Having scored the winner against England with a thumping header, star striker Mario Balotelli comes into today’s game brimming with confidence. This is what he tweeted yesterday: "If we beat Costa Rica i want a kiss,obviously on the cheek, from the UK Queen."

(48 Mins)

After missing the England match due to an ankle injury, captain Gianluigi Buffon makes his comeback today and returns to defend the Azzurri goal. Coach Prandelli has also shaken up the Italian defence, bringing on Ignazio Abate to replace an under-performing Paletta and shifting Giorgio Chiellini to his natural centre-back position.

(46 Mins)

In their opening match Costa Rica stunned South American champions Uruguay 3-1, in what was one of the biggest surprises of the World Cup so far. Initially regarded as the whipping boys of the so called ‘group of death’, the Central Americans have now enhanced their chances of making it out of the group stages for the first time since Italy ’90.

(45 Mins)

Costa Rica starting line-up (5-3-2): Navas; Gamboa, Duarte, Gonzalez, Umana, Diaz; Borges, Ruiz, Tejeda; Bolanos, Campbell.

(43 Mins)

Italy starting line-up (4-1-4-1): Buffon; Abate, Barzagli, Chiellini, Darmian; De Rossi; Candreva, Pirlo, Motta, Marchisio; Balotelli.

(41 Mins)

As a result of their victorious debut matches, both teams have three precious points, but Costa Rica sit on the top of group D on goal difference. Whatever the result, neither team will be 100 per cent sure of a place in the last 16, but gaining a second consecutive win today will undoubtedly see them put a foot in the knock-out stage.

(40 Mins)

Hello and welcome to our live coverage of this group D clash between Italy and Costa Rica. We are just 20 minutes away from kick-off.

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