The two Group D front runners play each other this evening following England’s crunch match with Uruguay last night.
Costa Rica caused one of the surprises of the tournament when they beat Uruguay 3-1 in the first week, but the Italians, led by midfieder Andrea Pirlo, will pose a very different challenge.
Mario Balotelli’s 50-minute winner condemned England to an opening defeat in Manaus. Their advanced fullbacks found plenty of space against Roy Hodgson’s defensive system; Costa Rica’s strong defence will need to be on their game.
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