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Costa Rica

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FIFA World Cup: Costa Rica 1, Italy 0

Costa Rica pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, beating Italy 1-0 in Recife, Brazil and punching their ticket to the Round of 16.The result also guarantees England's first-round exit from the tournament.

Costa Rica's captain Bryan Ruiz met Junior Diaz's cross from the left with a great 44th-minute header to cap an excellent first-half display by his team, who had a strong penalty claim turned down moments earlier. Goal-line technology was used to show that the ball bounced down and in after hitting the bar.​

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Costa Rica leads Latin America in Social Progress Index

The average Costa Rican’s quality of life matches that of some European countries, including Spain and Italy, according to a new report that measures a country’s social progress beyond its gross domestic product.

“Costa Rica, an upper middle-income country (GDP per capita of $11,165), has achieved a level of social progress that is close to that of far richer countries such as Italy and Spain,” the report observed.

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Horrific! Oviedo taken to hospital after suffering double leg fracture at Stevenage

Everton left-back Bryan Oviedo faces a lengthy period on the sidelines after suffering a horrific double leg fracture in the first-half of the 4-0 FA Cup fourth round win over Stevenage. With just under 20 minutes gone in the game, and with Everton leading 1-0 through Steven Naismith, the Costa Rican tracked back but conceded a foul against Stevenage's Simon Heslop 30 yards from his own goal, but immediately looked in discomfort.

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