Italy vs. Costa Rica: Simulating Crucial World Cup Group D Match Using FIFA 14

Nick Akerman@NakermanFeatured ColumnistJune 20, 2014

Italy's Mario Balotelli attends a press conference at Arena Pernambuco stadium in Recife, Brazil, Thursday, June 19, 2014. Italy plays in group D at the soccer World Cup. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
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Italy and Costa Rica can take control of the World Cup's Group D section if they grab three points when the two teams meet. Uruguay responded to an opening match defeat against the former side with a win against England, but there's still plenty to play for.

The English will be hoping Italy whoop their next opponents. Should Cesare Prandelli's men win their final two group games, and Roy Hodgson's Three Lions put a handful beyond Costa Rica in a final match victory, we may still see England progress.

It's unlikely, let's be honest. Even so, we decided to see if Italy can provide a last chance by pitting them against a Costa Rica side that is more than capable of springing a surprise.


Italy vs. Costa Rica: FIFA 14 Highlights 

Well, this solid victory would certainly give England a chance. Italy would still need to beat Uruguay in the final game, but if that happens, a win by three clear goals may see Hodgson's men advance. Italy controlled this sim throughout, with Costa Rica failing to register a shot, but can they do the same in real life?

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