World Cup 2014: Winners and Losers from Day 9

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World Cup 2014: Winners and Losers from Day 9
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Day 9 of the 2014 FIFA World Cup featured thrills, spills and the odd touch of controversy.

Costa Rica opened Friday's schedule with a shocking 1-0 win over Italy in Recife, and later, five-star France thumped Switzerland 5-2 at Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador.

Finally, Group E hopefuls Ecuador and Honduras went head-to-head in Curitiba in what proved to be one of the most physical encounters of the tournament to date, with Ecuador ultimately prevailing 2-1.

The following are the biggest winners and losers from another intriguing day of World Cup play.

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