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Costa Rica vs. Italy: Goals and Highlights from Group D Match

Costa Rica's Bryan Ruiz celebrates after scoring his side's first goal over Italy's goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon during the group D World Cup soccer match between Italy and Costa Rica at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, Friday, June 20, 2014.  (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)
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Sean SwabyUK Staff WriterJune 20, 2014

Costa Rica continue to be one of the surprise sides of the tournament, putting away European power Italy 1-0 to be the first to advance to the knockout stages in a difficult Group D. 

Meanwhile, Costa Rica's win eliminates England's faint hopes of a miracle advance to the knockout stages, and sets up a massive clash between Uruguay and Italy for Group D's final spot.

Italy need to only draw against Uruguay to advance, as goal differential is currently in Italy's favour. 

Bryan Ruiz gave Costa Rica a not-so-shocking lead, given how well they had been playing, connecting on a long cross to beat Gianluigi Buffon with his head in the 44th minute.

#Mundial2014 ¡GOLAZO! #CRC se gradúa como sorpresa, y se pone al frente ante #ITA. Gol de Brayan Ruiz. #Rep... https://t.co/KaRtxwKGEL

— UNE Mejor juntos (@UNEMejorjuntos) June 20, 2014

Moments earlier, Costa Rica had been denied what appeared to be a penalty. 

Joel Campbell no-call (penalty) in the 1st half. #CRC #ITA https://t.co/sRfVH27PRF

— Ben Jata (@Ben_Jata) June 20, 2014

RECIFE, BRAZIL - JUNE 20:  Joel Campbell of Costa Rica reacts after a challenge by Giorgio Chiellini and Andrea Barzagli (not pictured) of Italy during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group D match between Italy and Costa Rica at Arena Pernambuco on June 2
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Early on in the match, Giorgio Chiellini took a ball to the face and had to be attended to. 

 

#Mundial2014 Pues si no hay goles, veamos jugadas. Y ese nocaut a Chiellini, lo más destacado del #ITA 0 #C... https://t.co/ySgb0zhjeP

— UNE Mejor juntos (@UNEMejorjuntos) June 20, 2014

 

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