Italy 0 Costa Rica 1: 5 Things to Take Away from Italy's Performance

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Italy 0 Costa Rica 1: 5 Things to Take Away from Italy's Performance
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Bryan Ruiz celebrates his winning goal against Italy.

Italy was stunned Friday afternoon in Recife by Costa Rica.  After an encouraging performance in their opener against England, they blew the opportunity to win the group and now go into their final match against Uruguay staring their destiny in the face.

There was little to defend about the Azzurri's performance, but much to praise for Costa Rica, who thwarted the Italians tactically at every turn and proved that their victory against Uruguay was no fluke. They will be a formidable opponent in the knockout stages.

What can we take away from this game, and how can Italy rebound to put themselves through to the group stage?  Let's take a look at five big things to point to.

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