RECIFE, Jun. 20, 2014 (AMP) — Brazil 2014 : Costa Rica defeated Italy by a score of 1-0 (halftime: 1-0), in a World Cup group stage game on Friday afternoon at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife.
All the action happened in the first half, with Costa Rican striker Bryan Ruiz goal in the 44th minute.
The result put the Costa Ricans top of Group D with 6 points. Italy is second with 3 points. In their last game, Costa Rica will meet England at the Arena Pernambuco on June 24, while Italy will face Uruguay.
Fixtures and Results : Group D
Italy at the World Cup
- 4 titles (1934, 1938, 1982, 2006)
- 18 appearances (first in 1934)
- 19 participations in the qualifications (first in 1934)
- Statistics: Champions (1934, 1938, 1982, 2006) Runners-up (1970, 1994) Third Place (1990) Fourth Place (1978)
Costa Rica at the World Cup
- 4 appearances (first in 1990)
- 15 participations in the qualifications (first in 1958)
- 20 June 2014
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