Julian Finney/Getty Images
Costa Rica deserve credit for earning progression from an extremely tough group, but the plaudits are due for their work ethic, organisation and team spirit rather than their entertainment value or technical displays.
Against England, Italy were allowed to play their own style of football, while Roy Hogdson's men tried to win it their own way. It's a familiar situation with the biggest teams: They have their own methods, strengths and weaknesses, and they play to them.
Smaller sides, meanwhile, often set up to frustrate and surprise on the counter, and with good reason, because it generally causes sides like Italy problems. Costa Rica were brilliant against Uruguay and dogged against the Azzurri, and you wouldn't bet against them making a clean sweep of the group when they meet England.
Cesare Prandelli will have to hope that Uruguay don't decide to do the same thing, because if the South Americans play to contain and frustrate Italy while attacking on the break with the phenomenal Luis Suarez, it could spell the end at this World Cup for the 2006 champions.