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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.​


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.


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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