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Costa Rica Thwarts Italy to Advance to Round of 16

Sat, 21 Jun 2014 00:55:00 +0000

Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images(RECIFE, Brazil) -- Costa Rica secured itself a place in the Round of 16 at the World Cup Friday by upsetting Italy 1-0.

The win comes on heals of the heals of Costa Rica's surprising defeat of England and sends the Ticos into the knockout stage of the tournament for the first time since 1990.

"We have played a historic team. They're really good," Costa Rica head coach Jorge Luis Pinto 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."

Costa Rica scored in the 44th minute when Bryan Diaz headed a cross from teammate Junior Diaz off the crossbar and past Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon. The ball barely bounced over the goal-line and was confirmed by goal-line technology.

Costa Rica now leads Group D with six points. Meanwhile, England has been eliminated while Uruguay and Italy each have three points.

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