Costa Rica top group with England draw

20:20, Jun 24 2014
Costa Rica
Costa Rica's Joel Campbell celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against Uruguay during their Group D match.
Costa Rica
Costa Rica's Joel Campbell scores a goal during his sides Group D soccer match against Uruguay.
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A fan of Costa Rica celebrates their win over Uruguay.
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Costa Rica's Joel Campbell is fouled by Uruguay's Maximiliano Pereira, who was issued a red card for the foul.
Costa Rica
Costa Rica's Marco Urena shoots to score past Uruguay's Fernando Muslera during their Group D match.
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A general view of the arena during theGroup D match between Uruguay and Costa Rica at Castelao.
Italy v England
Mario Balotelli of Italy scores his team's second goal on a header past Gary Cahill and goalkeeper Joe Hart of England during the Group D match.
England v Italy
Daniel Sturridge of England shoots and scores his team's first goal past Salvatore Sirigu of Italy.
England v Italy
England's Wayne Rooney and Italy's Giorgio Chiellini fight for the ball.
England v Italy
England trainer Gary Lewin is stretchered off the field after a leg injury during the Group D match between England and Italy.
England v Italy
Italy's Claudio Marchisio scores past England's goalkeeper Joe Hart during their Group D soccer match.
Suarez goal
Uruguay's Luis Suarez celebrates after scoring a goal past England's Joe Hart.
Danny Welbeck
England's Danny Welbeck fights for the ball with Uruguay's Egidio Arevalo Rios and Uruguay's Edinson Cavani.
Wayne Rooney
England's Wayne Rooney heads the ball into the crossbar.
Luis Suarez
Luis Suarez of Uruguay shoots and scores his team's second goal during the Group D match between Uruguay and England.
Rooney goal
England's Wayne Rooney scores his team's first goal past Uruguay's goalkeeper Fernando Muslera.
Luis Suarez
Luis Suarez of Uruguay celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the Group D match between Uruguay and England.
England fan
An England fan looks dejected after the team's 2-1 defeat to Uruguay.
Suarez fans
Uruguay fans celebrate with a poster of Luis Suarez after the Group D match between Uruguay and England.
Bryan Ruiz
Bryan Ruiz celebrates his first-half goal that decided Costa Rica's 1-0 victory over Italy.
Bryan Ruiz
Bryan Ruiz celebrates with a Costa Rican substitute after his goal against Italy.
Mario Balotelli
Italy's Mario Balotelli takes a shot at goal under Costa Rican pressure.
Junior Diaz and Claudio Marchisio
Italy's Claudio Marchisio checks on a prone Junior Diaz of Costa Rica.
Keylor Navas
Costa Rican goalkeeper Keylor Navas punts the ball upfield.
Ignazio Abate and Christian Bolanos
Italy's Ignazio Abate and Costa Rica's Christian Bolanos battle to control the ball.
Giancarlo Gonzalez
Giancarlo Gonzalez and Costa Rican team-mates celebrate their progression through to the second stage.
Yeltsin Tejeda and Patrick Pemberton
Yeltsin Tejeda (left) and Patrick Pemberton revel in Costa Rica's 1-0 win over Italy.
Daniel Sturridge and Keylor Navas
Costa Rican goalkeeper Keylor Navas blocks the shot of England's Daniel Sturridge.
Diego Godin
Captain Diego Godin (left) celebrates his match-winning header in Uruguay's 1-0 victory over Italy.
Uruguay players
Uruguay players celebrate, while Italy players react, after their World Cup Group D football match at the Dunas arena in Natal.
Giorgio Chiellini
Italy's Giorgio Chiellini shows his shoulder after claiming he was bitten by Uruguay's Luis Suarez.
Diego Godin
Uruguay's Diego Godin celebrates with team mate Christian Stuani (rear) after scoring a goal against Italy at the Dunas arena in Natal.
Luis Suarez
Luis Suarez of Uruguay and Giorgio Chiellini of Italy react after a clash at Estadio das Dunas in Natal, Brazil. Chiellini accused Suarez of biting him.
Maximilliano Pereira
Giorgio Chiellini of Italy challenges Maximilliano Pereira of Uruguay during their Group D match.
Gianluigi Buffon
Uruguay's Luis Suarez fights for the ball with Italy's goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon during their World Cup Group D football match at the Dunas arena in Natal.
Cristian Gamboa
Cristian Gamboa of Costa Rica challenges Luke Shaw of England during their World Cup Group D match at Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
Keylor Navas
Goalkeeper Keylor Navas of Costa Rica makes a save on Daniel Sturridge of England at Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
Bryan Ruiz
Bryan Ruiz of Costa Rica holds off a challenge by England's Frank Lampard during their Group D 0-0 draw in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
Steven Gerrard
Steven Gerrard of England looks on after a 0-0 draw with England in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
Wayne Rooney
England's Wayne Rooney (left) fights for the ball with Costa Rica's Junior Diaz during their Group D football match at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte.

Costa Rica marched into the second round of the World Cup proudly top of a Group D containing three former winners after a 0-0 draw with already-eliminated England on Tuesday (local time).

The 'Ticos', assured of progress before kickoff, comfortably held their own against an England team showing nine changes from the team beaten by Uruguay in a game short on goalmouth action or any real tension.

Costa Rica will face the runners-up of Group C - likely to be one of Ivory Coast, Japan or Greece - in the last 16. Uruguay finished second on six points with Italy on three and England, in their worst World Cup showing since 1958, on one.

"We played a very sure, dynamic game," Costa Rica coach Jorge Luis Pinto, whose team beat former World Cup winners Uruguay and Italy in their other games, said. "I have enjoyed the three games. We're unbeaten, it's historic."

"Now we're going to prepare our best. First, a bit of rest."

The confident Central Americans showed their attacking credentials from the start with forward Joel Campbell seeing his deflected shot sail narrowly wide.

England struggled to find their footing with the Costa Ricans a step quicker to the ball but Jack Wilshere showed some urgency when he burst through the defence to set up Daniel Sturridge but he fired wide after 12 minutes.

Their opponents responded with a close call of their own when Celso Borges's curling freekick was tipped on to the crossbar by keeper Ben Foster.

The atmosphere in the 57,000-crowd at the Mineirao was subdued with only the small contingency of Costa Rican fans making some noise and their English counterparts playing with beach balls until they were confiscated.

There were also minor scuffles in the stands as frustration among English fans grew but they were quickly dealt with by stadium security.

"It's hollow," said England coach Roy Hodgson. "We showed today what a good team we can be. I'm so disappointed not to finish with a victory but I don't think I could have asked for a better performance.

"Today I think we were really unlucky not to win this game. I'm pleased we've given the fans something to cheer about in terms of our performance."

England improved in the second half with some better passing moves and Sturridge again went close with a low drive.

Wayne Rooney, a late substitute, tested keeper Keylor Navas with an 18-metre chip but the 1966 World Cup winners' last stand in Brazil did little to lift their spirits after yet another disappointing performance.

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Reuters