Costa Rica on Friday qualified for the second round of the World Cup. The Caribbeans achieved the fit for the second time in their history after defeating Italy 1-0 in their second match in Group D.
Bryan Ruiz’s goal in the first-half against Italy sealed England’s elimination from the World Cup. Ruiz struck right at the end of the first-half only minutes after the Costa Ricans had a valid appeal for a penalty waved aside by the referee.
Costa Rica’s victory saw them move onto six points and means that pointless England’s slim hopes of getting second spot are extinguished as Uruguay and Italy, both on three points, play each other in the final batch of group games.
Italy’s poor performance was encapsulated by the fact they had not gone goalless in a World Cup finals match since the 1998 edition in France.