The group of death (Group D) will witness Italy taking on Costa Rica later tonight at Arena Pernambuco, Recife, where the winner of the game would practically progress into the next round of the competition. Italy defeated England in their previous match, while Costa Rica sprung a surprise defeating Uruguay.
Many experts are claiming Italy to be one of
the strongest contender of the competition, primarily after their
brilliant display against the defending champions, Spain, where they
defeated them, 2-1. They seem to have a balanced line up with a good
mix of youth and experience in various positions. Balotelli could
trouble the Costa Rican defenders and the team would also depend on
Pirlo for his silky passes as well.
But, Costa Rica would go onto the match
with a positive frame of mind after their thumping win in the group
against Uruguay. Costa Rica would pin their hopes on Joel Campbell to
help them win the game against the strong physical defenders of
Italy. Campbell needs to use his pace against the Italians to the
core. But, things are not going to be easy for Campbell and his
teammates, for Italy plays with a lot of character and never gives
anything away, no matter what.
The Costa Rican manager seems confident and
feels that they are going to play better than how they played against
Uruguay. If this is the case, then, it is the neutrals, who are going
to enjoy the beautiful game. Though, one has to concede, Italy go
into the match as favourites.
The match is going to be watched eagerly by
England as well, for their fortunes of survival depends on this game
as well. If Italy win this game or Costa Rica, England remains in the
hunt, but a draw would dent their hopes also.