JUNE 18 2014, NY, New York | In a World Cup where; South American Teams dominates, with a record of 10-0-4, in which 2 of those lost are by Honduras losing to France and Ecuador and Ecuador losing Switzerland and Uruguay losing to Costa Rica in other world South American teams playing on their home continent has been suburb 4 of the 3 loses are by the hands of other South American counter parts and Switzerland win came with about 5 Seconds left in extras, given Europe their first win over their South American rivals, who has been beating and sending homes European teams, such as the “World Champions” Spain by the hands of Chile, in what the world look at as an upset however, Chileans and other teams from South America saw it as adding another one to the list of doomed teams. England lead by Rooney was the other team sent home early by the hands of Uruguay. England was looking for help from their other European team “Italy who if beat Costa Rica, would give England a chance to not become a victim of team that get sent home by other South American Teams.
Italy was unfortunate, as they look like a compete different team out their on the field, Italy just lack the sense of urgency they needed to push them on the 3 points side of the match. Often Costa Rica made the great Italia team look pretty much like an amuture team. Mario BALOTELLI pick up a yellow card, and often was over stress, although the game ended in a win 0 – 1 win for Costa Rica, they played harder than what the scoreboard shows. Costa Rica control 42% of the ball compared to 58% by the Italians, they completed 522 pass with 10 Shot 6 on target, Costa Rica however had the same amount of shots and on target shots but did one better scoring the games only goal, which came off the foot of Costa Rica forward and captain Bryan RUIZ in the 44′. Each coach had a very different outlook on the game.
“It was a lovely game and we’re really pleased by how Bryan [Ruiz] got his goal at such an important time, just before the interval. We were playing against an incredible team and we’re very proud,”
Jorge Luis Pinto, Costa Rica Coach
We could see that it was a very slow pitch and that, what’s more, we knew we’d be up against an exceptionally well-organised and physically strong Costa Rica team, one which knows how to make the most of any open spaces. When you come up against a side that are more athletic than you, you have to be more organised than them – and we weren’t. Unfortunately, after we conceded the goal we weren’t capable to responding: we tried to create one-on-one situations on the flanks but we never really managed to take advantage of them. But now’s not the time to be negative, instead we need to recharge our batteries because in three days we’ll have another chance to clinch a Round of 16 spot. In truth, when the draw was made we knew this would be a tough group and that there was a good chance of finding ourselves in a position like this: taking on Uruguay in an absolutely decisive game.
Cesare Prandelli, Italy Coach
It was a great game, if your a fan of intense football, or even simply a spectator, or if you love defense, this was the game for you. However if you was a Italian or just a fan of the Italian team you wasn’t going to be too happy. If you love goals and preferred it then you wasn’t too happy about this game either way, you wasn’t going to be happy; but sometimes you have to appreciate defense. Bryan Ruiz, who is the captain of a Costa Rican squad that’s moving on to the round of 16 with the win; and also scored the game only goal, and the winner of the “Man of the Match” award made a few comments after the game acknowledging the team as a whole and the win; as they looks the next week game and to the round of 16.
It was a great win but, on the other hand, it’s worth highlighting that the whole team believed that this was possible, particularly after we beat Uruguay. I think it’s only now, a little after the game, that it’s sinking in how much this achievement will mean to the people of Costa Rica.