Costa Rica beats Italy, 1-0, to eliminate England

Costa Rica beats Italy, 1-0, to eliminate England
June 20, 2014, 3:15 pm
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Bryan Ruiz's goal in the first-half sealed England's elimination from the World Cup and saw Costa Rica progress to the last 16 with a fine 1-0 win over Italy in Recife on Friday.

Ruiz struck right at the end of the opening period after the Costa Ricans had a valid appeal for a penalty waved away by the referee.

Costa Rica's victory saw them move onto six points in Group D and means that pointless England's slim hopes of getting second spot were extinguished as Uruguay and Italy, both on three points, play each other in their final game.

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