Following a convincing 2-1 win over England, it seemed like Italy were in the driver's seat to win Group D and establish themselves as real contenders to go far in the 2014 World Cup.
After slumping to a shocking 1-0 loss to Costa Rica, however, the Azzurri have been given a reality check.
A Bryan Ruiz header on the stroke of half-time sealed the deal for Costa Rica, who grabbed their second scalp of the tournament after upsetting Uruguay, 3-1, in their opening game.
While Costa Rica deserve full credit for progressing from this Group of Death despite being the least fancied team, it must be noted how insipid Italy were in the defeat.
They looked like a different team than the one that outclassed England in Manaus, and now face a crunch match against Uruguay to decide which nation will advance to the knockout round.
Here are three areas Italy can improve in after an overall disappointing display.