The final round of group-stage games take place in the 2014 FIFA World Cup this week, with Group D the focus of our attentions on Tuesday evening as Costa Rica faced England.
Neither side could muster presentable goalscoring chances in succession and the match finished a rather weak 0-0, leaving Costa Rica top and England bottom of the group.
|Costa Rica Player Ratings|
CRC first half analysis
Navas: Has taken the ball commandingly in the air in his box.
Gamboa: Not much option to raid forward yet.
Gonzalez: Holding the defensive line well.
Miller: Very strong in the challenge.
Duarte: Lucky not to concede a penalty.
Diaz: Has broken forward on the counter, caused a few problems.
Tejeda: Mainly neat on the ball, working hard.
Borges: Came close to scoring and is looking to play through passes.
Ruiz: One moment of great skill, anonymous otherwise.
Campbell: Still looks a threat when on the ball, but not being given space.
Brenes: Best off-the-ball movement in the side, but poor touch.
CRC second half analysis
Navas: Best player on the park for his awareness and reliability.
Gamboa: Never really tried to break out of his position in defence.
Gonzalez: Some good recovery tackles.
Miller: Forceful in the tackle, not at his best.
Duarte: Lost his marker a few times but good in the air.
Diaz: An outlet at times, mainly left to defend his flank.
Tejeda: Held his position well and never overrun.
Borges: Didn't have much impact after the break.
Campbell: Didn't have the chance to run at the defence, subbed.
Brenes: Replaced after ineffective second half.
Bolaños: Not much impact, one good effort.
Ureña: Ran the channels well.
Barrantes: No time to impact.
|England Player Ratings|
ENG first half analysis
Foster: Good save from Borges' free kick and has taken the ball well in the air.
Jones: Getting forward to support, no delivery from wide.
Smalling: Poor on the ball, needs to be more composed.
Cahill: Looks out of sorts. Could be tighter to the forwards.
Shaw: Not hugely involved but broken forward at pace once or twice.
Lampard: Nice passing range, but not creating much or winning the ball in the middle.
Wilshere: Made some good passes forward but also runs into dead ends.
Milner: Has beaten his man twice, good delivery.
Barkley: Bursts of acceleration and dribbling, but very slow to release the ball.
Lallana: Not on the ball enough.
Sturridge: Has gone close twice, looked lively.
ENG second half analysis
Foster: Good saves, better in the air.
Jones: Poor for most of the match in passing and awareness.
Smalling: Grew into the game but not dominant.
Cahill: Got better, decent in the air.
Shaw: The best of the back four both attacking and defending.
Lampard: Passed neatly but didn't dominate the game.
Wilshere: No impact, subbed.
Milner: Worked hard to make space, good crosses but subbed.
Barkley: Faded from the game badly as the tempo dropped.
Lallana: Only came into it once or twice down the left, subbed.
Sturridge: Missed three very good chances. Should have won the game.
Sterling: Bright in patches but lost the ball too much.
Gerrard: Little impact.
Rooney: Poor touch, no movement, too little time to affect a dead game.
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