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Mario Balotelli (left) scored the winner for Italy in their tournament encounter © Getty Images (File Photo)

 

Jun 20, 2014

 

Italy and Costa Rica will involve themselves in an engaging tussle in the FIFA World Cup 2014 in what will be a game that will give a clear indication as to where group D is headed. Italy started off stylishly against England, edging them 2-1 in a thrilling game with Mario Balotelli and Andrea Pirlo running the show spectacularly for the Azzuri. Costa Rica, on the other hand made World Cup history in their land after stunning their South American rivals Uruguay 3-1. Costa Rica played spectacular football and are expected to give the four-time World Champions a run for their money.

 

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Italy have been on a steady rise ever since Ceasare Prandelli took charge of the team and have a solid balance between defence and attack as well as youth and experience. The fitness of their Goalkeeper and captain Gianluigi Buffon is something that the team management will sweat over. Nevertheless, Savatore Sirigu was terrific in their encounter against England. The Costa Ricans play with a lot of verve and Joel Campbell and co. are not afraid to run at the heart of the opposition’s back-four.

 

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