Costa Rica advances with 1-0 win over Italy


Costa Rica followed up its surprise win over Uruguay with another World Cup stunner on Friday, beating four-time champion Italy 1-0 to secure a spot in the next round and eliminate England in the process.

Costa Rica captain Bryan Ruiz gave his side the lead in the 44th minute, heading in off the underside of the crossbar following a cross from Junior Diaz. Goal-line technology was used to confirm the goal.

There was a frenetic end to the first half, as moments before Ruiz's goal Costa Rica had a penalty appeal waved away when striker Joel Campbell went down in the area under a challenge from Giorgio Chiellini.

Costa Rica leads Group D with six points, while Italy and Uruguay have three each before Tuesday's showdown. England has zero points.

Fans celebrate

Thousands of Costa Ricans waving the country's blue, white and red flag are pouring onto the streets of their capital to celebrate the historic victory.

The country came to a standstill Friday as government employees were given the day off to watch the game and many schools shut down shortly after the victory to allow children to join in the celebration.

Jorge Loria says he watched Friday's game at a friend's house but then headed to La Plaza de la Hispanidad in San Jose to join fellow revelers.

He says the happiness from seeing his team defeat England and now Italy is so big he feels Costa Rica can win the tournament.

He says, "We will be world champions!"

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