Costa Rica advances with 1-0 win over Italy

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Costa Rica advances with 1-0 win over Italy
RECIFE, BRAZIL - JUNE 20: Giancarlo Gonzalez, Patrick Pemberton and Oscar Duarte of Costa Rica celebrate the 1-0 win after the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group D match between Italy and Costa Rica at Arena Pernambuco on June 20, 2014 in Recife, Brazil. (Photo by Lars Baron - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
RECIFE, BRAZIL - JUNE 20: Players line up on the field during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group D match between Italy and Costa Rica at Arena Pernambuco on June 20, 2014 in Recife, Brazil. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
Costa Rican fans celebrate as they watch the Brazil 2014 FIFA World Cup football match against Italy in a giant screen at Democracy Square in San Jose on June 20, 2014. Costa Rica defeated Italy and reached the second round of the tournament. (EZEQUIEL BECERRA/AFP/Getty Images)
RECIFE, BRAZIL - JUNE 20: Bryan Ruiz of Costa Rica scores his team's first goal past Gianluigi Buffon of Italy during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group D match between Italy and Costa Rica at Arena Pernambuco on June 20, 2014 in Recife, Brazil. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
RECIFE, BRAZIL - JUNE 20: Cesare Prandelli of Italy gestures during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group D match between Italy and Costa Rica at Arena Pernambuco on June 20, 2014 in Recife, Brazil. (Photo by Alex Livesey - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
RECIFE, BRAZIL - JUNE 20: Andrea Barzagli of Italy in action during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group D match between Italy and Costa Rica at Arena Pernambuco on June 20, 2014 in Recife, Brazil. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
RECIFE, BRAZIL - JUNE 20: Michael Umana of Costa Rica celebrates a 1-0 victory over Italy in the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group D match between Italy and Costa Rica at Arena Pernambuco on June 20, 2014 in Recife, Brazil. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Costa Rica's forward and captain Bryan Ruiz (L) and Italy's midfielder Andrea Pirlo vie for the ball during a Group D football match between Italy and Costa Rica at the Pernambuco Arena in Recife during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 20, 2014. (JAVIER SORIANO/AFP/Getty Images)
Italy's midfielder Daniele De Rossi (L) jumps for a header with Costa Rica's midfielder Christian Bolanos during a Group D football match between Italy and Costa Rica at the Pernambuco Arena in Recife during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 20, 2014. (JAVIER SORIANO/AFP/Getty Images)
RECIFE, BRAZIL - JUNE 20: Costa Rica players dance and celebrate a 1-0 victory over Italy in the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group D match between Italy and Costa Rica at Arena Pernambuco on June 20, 2014 in Recife, Brazil. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
RECIFE, BRAZIL - JUNE 20: Head coach Jorge Luis Pinto of Costa Rica celebrates the 1-0 win with Waylon Francis after the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group D match between Italy and Costa Rica at Arena Pernambuco on June 20, 2014 in Recife, Brazil. (Photo by Alex Livesey - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
RECIFE, BRAZIL - JUNE 20: Goalkeeper Patrick Pemberton of Costa Rica celebrates with teammate Oscar Granados after defeating Italy 1-0 during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group D match between Italy and Costa Rica at Arena Pernambuco on June 20, 2014 in Recife, Brazil. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
Italy's forward Alessio Cerci plays the ball during a Group D football match between Italy and Costa Rica at the Pernambuco Arena in Recife during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 20, 2014 (RONALDO SCHEMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)
Costa Rican fans react after their team's victory as they watch a telecast on a large screen in Rio de Janerio on June 20, 2014, of the Group D football match between Italy and Costa Rica at the Pernambuco Arena in Recife during the 2014 FIFA World Cup . (YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images)
Costa Rica's Bryan Ruiz (10) watches as the ball goes past Italy's goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon to score his side's first goal during the group D World Cup soccer match between Italy and Costa Rica at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, Friday, June 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)
Costa Rica's defender Michael Umana (Facing) celebrates after winning 1-0 during a Group D match between Italy and Costa Rica at the Pernambuco Arena in Recife during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 20, 2014. (JAVIER SORIANO/AFP/Getty Images)
Costa Rica's defender Michael Umana (R) and Costa Rica's defender Junior Diaz react after a Group D football match between Italy and Costa Rica at the Pernambuco Arena in Recife during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 20, 2014 (JAVIER SORIANO/AFP/Getty Images)
RECIFE, BRAZIL - JUNE 20: Yeltsin Tejeda of Costa Rica celebrates after defeating Italy 1-0 during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group D match between Italy and Costa Rica at Arena Pernambuco on June 20, 2014 in Recife, Brazil. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Italy's forward Lorenzo Insigne reacts during a Group D football match between Italy and Costa Rica at the Pernambuco Arena in Recife during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 20, 2014 (EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)
RECIFE, BRAZIL - JUNE 20: Alessio Cerci of Italy reacts during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group D match between Italy and Costa Rica at Arena Pernambuco on June 20, 2014 in Recife, Brazil. (Photo by Lars Baron - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
RECIFE, BRAZIL - JUNE 20: Antonio Cassano of Italy controls the ball past Jose Miguel Cubero of Costa Rica during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group D match between Italy and Costa Rica at Arena Pernambuco on June 20, 2014 in Recife, Brazil. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Italy's bench is pictured during a Group D match between Italy and Costa Rica at the Pernambuco Arena in Recife during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 20, 2014. (GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP/Getty Images)
RECIFE, BRAZIL - JUNE 20: Claudio Marchisio of Italy and Yeltsin Tejeda of Costa Rica compete for the ball during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group D match between Italy and Costa Rica at Arena Pernambuco on June 20, 2014 in Recife, Brazil. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
An Italian supporter reacts as she watches on a giant screen the World Cup football match Italy vs Costa Rica on June 20, 2014 on the Piazza Venezia square in Rome. (ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images)
Costa Rica's forward Bryan Ruiz (R) scores against Italy's goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon (2nd R) during a Group D football match between Italy and Costa Rica at the Pernambuco Arena in Recife during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 20, 2014. (JAVIER SORIANO/AFP/Getty Images)
RECIFE, BRAZIL - JUNE 20: Claudio Marchisio of Italy tackles Cristian Gamboa of Costa Rica during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group D match between Italy and Costa Rica at Arena Pernambuco on June 20, 2014 in Recife, Brazil. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
An Italy soccer fan watches his team's World Cup match with Costa Rica inside the FIFA Fan Fest area in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Friday, June 20, 2014. Italy lost 1-0 to Costa Rica. (AP Photo/Nelson Antoine)
Costa Rica's Michael Umana celebrates after the group D World Cup soccer match between Italy and Costa Rica at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, Friday, June 20, 2014. Costa Rica won the match 1-0. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
Costa Rican players run onto the pitch to celebrate after the group D World Cup soccer match between Italy and Costa Rica at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, Friday, June 20, 2014. Costa Rica won the match 1-0. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
Costa Rica soccer fans celebrate their team's World Cup victory over Italy in San Jose, Costa Rica, Friday, June 20, 2014. Costa Rica won 1-0 in Brazil. (AP Photo/Enrique Martinez)
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By Andrew Dampf

RECIFE, Brazil (AP) -- 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 show that the ball bounced down and in after hitting the bar.

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 was bundled over by 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 after losing to Italy and Uruguay.

So after entering the tournament as an expected underdog in a group featuring three former world champions, Costa Rica is now on top.

"Maybe there are a lot of people who didn't have faith in us because we were in the `Group of Death'. But the dead are the other ones and we're going to the next round," Ruiz said.

Costa Rica coach Jorge Luis Pinto was on the same wavelength.

"We have played a historic team. They're really good," he said. "They have wonderful players so, of course, we feel really proud. Our team feels proud, our country feels proud. ... We want to go even farther."

Italy, meanwhile, can still advance with a win or even a draw with Uruguay, since it leads on goal difference which is the first qualifying criteria.

"We gave our all. They did well to block every pass," Italy coach Cesare Prandelli said. "There's no worry now. We just need to regain our energy."

Costa Rica's only other appearance in the knockout phase came in its World Cup debut in 1990, when it beat Sweden and Scotland under experienced coach Bora Milutinovic before ultimately getting eliminated by Czechoslovakia.

"There are no more Cinderellas in football, especially in a competition like the World Cup," Italy captain Gianluigi Buffon said.

It was exactly 24 years ago to the day that Costa Rica beat Sweden 2-1 to advance at the tournament in Italy.

For Italy, it marked the fourth consecutive World Cup in which it failed to win its second match, although only in 2010 did the Azzurri fail to advance.

"We'll play a great match against Uruguay," second-half Italy substitute Antonio Cassano said. "I'm convinced we will. ... If we regain our energy we can (advance) comfortably."

While it was nowhere near as hot as Italy feared at the Arena Pernambuco - 29 C (84 F) and 70 percent humidity according to FIFA - the Azzurri still struggled to keep up with the speedy Ticos for long stretches.

Pinto lined up five defenders but his squad was able advance forward with one swift, sweeping movement - just like in the 3-1 win over Uruguay.

"We did what we needed to do, we took away the game from the Italians," Pinto said.

The Azzurri hardly threatened until Mario Balotelli had chances in the 31st and 33rd minutes.

First, Balotelli was set up with a long, vertical pass from Andrea Pirlo and tried to lift the bouncing ball over the charging goalkeeper's head but missed the target. Then the Azzurri forward had an effort from beyond the area stopped by goalkeeper Keylor Navas.

Costa Rica kept its poise and in the 36th minute Buffon had to make a diving save to stop a shot from midfielder Christian Bolanos.

In the 43rd, Chiellini made an uncharacteristic error - gifting the ball to Campbell near midfield - and then raced back and committed what appeared to be a clear foul. However, Chilean referee Enrique Osses motioned to play on.

Prandelli attempted to stir things up by adding Cassano, Lorenzo Insigne and Alessio Cerci in the second half, providing the Azzurri with four forwards instead of just Balotelli, but the 2006 winners rarely came close to equalizing.

Appearing frustrated throughout, Balotelli was shown a yellow card in the 69th for taking down Diaz.

Italy's best chances to equalize were a long, angled shot from Matteo Darmian in the 51st and a free kick from Pirlo in the 53rd that found its way over Costa Rica's wall - but Navas was waiting and pushed it away.

In added time, Costa Rica substitute Randall Brenes nearly doubled the lead with a free kick that was only slightly off target.

Then the celebrations began.

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