Brazil 2014: Costa Rica stun Italy
Bryan Ruiz headed his side into a 1-0 win with a 44th minute goal in their Group D clash.
RECIFE BRAZIL - Costa Rica reached the last-16 of the World Cup for the first time in 24 years after shocking Italy 1-0 on Friday, a result which also knocked England out of the competition.
Costa Rica captain Bryan Ruiz headed his side into a 1-0 halftime lead against four-times World Cup winners Italy with a 44th-minute goal in their Group D clash on Friday.
Ruiz met Junior Duiz's cross from the left with a header past keeper Gianluigi Buffon that hit the underside of the crossbar and bounced down over the line.
As a result, England are eliminated and Italy-Uruguay on Tuesday becomes a direct shoot-out for knockout qualification.
Italy striker Mario Balotelli earlier twice wasted opportunities to break the deadlock as Costa Rica, who began their campaign with a surprise defeat of Uruguay, again showed they are not in Brazil to make up the numbers.
Both countries won their respective tournament openers, with Italy edging England 2-1, while Costa Rica defeated Uruguay 3-1.
Video: Winner takes it all.