Italy vs. Costa Rica: 6 Things We Learned

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Italy vs. Costa Rica: 6 Things We Learned
Antonio Calanni/Associated Press

So much for Italy's perfect start. As impressive as they looked against England, the Azzurri were sluggish and devoid of spark against Costa Rica and can have few complaints about the 1-0 loss in Recife, Brazil.

Bryan Ruiz put the Costa Ricans up at the end of the first half, and some determined defending coupled with an effective offside trap kept the Azzurri at bay for the rest of the game.

The loss put England out of the tournament and now leaves Italy needing at least a draw against Uruguay in their final game to advance.

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