Arena Pernambuco stadium in the city of Recife will be the venue for Italy’s penultimate group game when they face Costa Rica. Italy is four-time winners, most recently in 2006 whereas Costa Rica’s best finish was the last 16 in 1990. Italy is always renowned for their solid defense but the current crops of Italian players unfortunately have been fighting to regain excellency in this department. This year they found themselves in a dangerous group but actually not that much difficult for the Azzurri. They went undefeated in World Cup qualification where they fought in a tough group containing Denmark, Bulgaria, Czech Republic and Armenia. Italy is ranked 9th and Costa Rica is, however, far behind at 34 in the FIFA world ranking. Costa Rica arrives in Brazil being runners up in the Concacaf Fourth Round behind United States by showing superb performance. It also beat Mexico in CONCACAF qualifiers which surprised many as the Mexicans played the knockout stages of the World Cup 2010 in South Africa. It will be the third tournament in Costa Rica’s history, although they aren’t exactly pushovers in this summer.
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Date: June 20 2014
Kick-off: 16:00 GMT, 12:00 PM ET, 17:00 UK
Venue: Arena Pernambuco, Recife
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Valid link to watch this game will be posted around 30 minutes before the match starts.
Keep your eyes on BBC TV, BBC Radio 5 live or BBC Sport website on Friday 20 June at 7:00 BST in order to watch Italy vs Costa Rica live match.
Players to watch:
The evergreen Andrea Pirlo helped lead Italy to the 2006 World Cup title. This 35 years old midfielder means many things for the Azzurri, if they are to thrive. Pirlo, Italian legend is also an amazing autobiographer.
For Costa Rica:
In this Costa Rica team, Bryan Ruiz is an elegant player with a refined dribbling style, his creative talent and cultured left-foot. He’ll be the main attacking threat throughout the entire tournament.
These two teams have never played together on the international stage meaning there will be many new things we could see. Here much will depend on how Italy and Costa Rica have scored in their opening games against England and Uruguay respectively. Result of their previous match of the competition could make them more aggressive and desperate on this match.
There are no matches played between these two teams of Group D.
The Azzurri could win in the match of Friday 20 June yet they have had no wins in their last five games. The Italian should never be underestimated. It’s time for Costa Rica to back up.
Like all other matches of 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil bet on the match of Italy vs Costa Rica from our site.
THE ITALY SQUAD
Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Mattia Perin (Genoa), Salvatore Sirigu (Paris Saint Germain),
Defenders: Ignazio Abate (Milan), Andrea Barzagli (Juventus), Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Matteo Darmian (Torino), Mattia De Sciglio (Milan), Christian Maggio (Napoli), Gabriel Paletta (Parma), Manuel Pasqual (Fiorentina), Andrea Ranocchia (Inter);
Midfielders: Alberto Aquilani (Fiorentina), Antonio Candreva (Lazio), Daniele De Rossi (Roma), Claudio Marchisio (Juventus), Riccardo Montolivo (Milan), Thiago Motta (Paris Saint Germain), Marco Parolo (Parma), Andrea Pirlo (Juventus), Romulo (Verona), Marco Verratti (Paris Saint Germain);
Forwards: Mario Balotelli (Milan), Antonio Cassano (Parma), Alessio Cerci (Torino), Mattia Destro (Roma), Ciro Immobile (Torino), Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli), Giuseppe Rossi (Fiorentina).
THE COSTA RICA SQUAD
Goalkeepers: Keylor Navas (Levante), Patrick Pemberton (Alajuelense) Daniel Cambronero (Herediano), Esteban Alvarado (AZ Alkmaar).
Defenders: Johnny Acosta (Alajuelense), Giancarlo Gonzalez (Columbus Crew), Michael Umana (Saprissa), Oscar Duarte (Bruges), Waylon Francis (Columbus Crew), Heiner Mora (Saprissa), Junior Diaz (Mainz 05), Christian Gamboa (Rosenborg), Roy Miller (New York Red Bulls), Kendall Waston (Saprissa).
Midfielders: Celso Borges (AIK), Christian Bolanos (Copenhagen), Esteban Granados (Herediano), Michael Barrantes (Aalesund), Yeltsin Tejeda (Saprissa), Diego Calvo (Valerenga), Jose Miguel Cubero (Herediano) Carlos Hernandez (Wellington Phoenix), Ariel Rodriguez (Alajuelense), Hansell Arauz (Saprissa).
Forwards: Alvaro Saborio (Real Salt Lake), Bryan Ruiz (Fulham), Joel Campbell (Arsenal), Randall Brenes (Cartagines), Marco Urena (FC Kuban Krasnodar), Jairo Arrieta (Columbus Crew).