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Tuesday, 24 June 2014
World Cup 2014 Finals First Phase Group D, Match Six

Costa Rica 0 England 0 [0-0]

Estádio Governador Magalhães Pinto, Pampulha, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Attendance: 57,823; Kick-off: 1.00pm BRT, 5.00pm BST
Live on ITV HD (UK) - Commentator: Clive Tyldesley

  Match Summary
Costa Rica Squad

England Squad
Results 2010-2015 England - Ross Barkley (53 52:26), Adam Lallana (57 56:36)
Costa Rica - Giancarlo González (60 59:28)

Costa Rica kicked-off. 93 minutes (45:08 & 48:05).


Match Summary

Officials from Africa

Costa Rica



Referee (yellow) - Djamel Haimoudi
43 (10 December 1970), Oran, Algeria, FIFA listed 2004.

Assistant Referees - Redouane Achik, 44 (21 April 1972), Morocco and Abdelhak Etchiali, 32 (27 June 1981), Algeria

Fourth official - Alireza Faghani, 36 (21 March 1978), Tehran, Iran.

Fifth official - Hassan Kazem Kamranifar, Iran

4 Goal Attempts 8
2 Attempts on Target 2
1 Hit Bar/Post 0
3 Corner Kicks Won 7
3 Offside Calls Against 1
18 Fouls Conceded 16
44% Possession 56%

Costa Rica Team



FIFA (6 June 2014) 28th
EFO ranking n/a
ELO rating 18th
Colours: Made by Lotto - Red variant nehru collared jerseys with white trim and gold piping, blue splitting flash across chest/thin cuffs, blue shorts with thin white trim/thick red trim, red socks.
Capt: Bryan Ruiz Manager: Jorge Luis Pinto Afanador, 61 (16 December 1952 in Colombia), appointed 3 September 2011
Costa Rica Lineup
1 Navas Gamboa, Keylor A. 27 15 December 1986 G Levante UD SAD, Spain 56 0
16 Gamboa Luna, Cristian E. 24 24 October 1989 LB Rosenborg BK, Norway 28 1
3 González Castro, Giancarlo 26 8 February 1988 CD Columbus Crew, USA 38 2
González cautioned in the 60th min. for unsporting behaviour for a foul after he callously brought down Ross Barkley.
19 Miller Hernández, Roy 29 24 November 1984 CD New York Red Bull, USA 48 1
5 Borges Mora, Celso, off 78th min. 26 27 May 1988 CM Allmänna IK, Sweden 65 14
6 Duarte Gaitán, Óscar E. 25 3 June 1989
born in Nicaragua
CD Club Brugge KV, Belgium 14 1
15 Díaz Campbell, Júnior E. 30 12 September 1983 RB 1. FSV Mainz 05 eV, Germany 65 1
17 Tejeda Valverde, Yeltsin I. 22 17 March 1992 LM Deportivo Saprissa SAD 25 0
9 Campbell Samuels, Joel N., off 65th min. 21 26 June 1992 F Olympiacos Club of Fans of Piraeus, Greece, on loan from Arsenal FC, England 36 10
10 Ruiz González, Bryan J. 28 18 August 1985 RM Philips Sport Vereniging NV, Netherlands, on loan from Fulham FC, England 66 14
14 Brenes Moya, Randall, off 59th min. 30 13 August 1983 F CSD Cartaginés SAD 42 8
Costa Rica Substitutes
7 Bolaños Navarro, Christian, on 59th min. (58:55) for Brenes 30 17 May 1984 M FC København, Denmark 58 2
21 Ureña Porras, Marco D., on 65th min. (64:40) for Campbell 24 5 March 1990 F FC Kuban Krasnodar, Russia 27 8
11 Barrantes Rojas, Michael, on 78th min. (77:15) for Borges 30 4 October 1983 M Aalesund FK, Norway 52 4
result: Costa Rica 0 England 0

unused substitutes:

2-Johnny Acosta, 4-Michael Umana, 8-Dave Myrie, 12-Waylon Francis, 13-Oscar Granados, 18-Patrick Pemberton, 20-Diego Calvo, 22-José Cubero, 23-Daniel Cambronero.
5-3-2 Navas -
Gamboa, Duarte, González, Miller, Díaz  -
Ruiz, Borges
(Barrantes), Tejeda -
(Bolaños), Campbell (Ureña)

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 26.2 Appearances/Goals 43.9 4.7


England Team



FIFA (6 June 2014) 10th
EFO ranking Group 1 (4th)
ELO rating 15th to 14th
Colours: The Nike 2014 home uniform - White v-necked jerseys with shadowed pinstripes and silvery white trim, white shorts with silvery white trim, white socks.
Capt: Frank Lampard, eighth captaincy.
Steven Gerrard, 73rd minute.
Manager: Roy Hodgson, 66 (9 August 1947), appointed 1 May 2012,
31st match, W 15 - D 11 - L 5 - F 58 - A 27.
England Lineup
13 Foster, Ben A. 31 3 April 1983 G West Bromwich Albion FC 7 4 GA
16 Jones, Philip A. 22 21 February 1992 RB Manchester United FC 11 0
23 Shaw, Luke P.H. 18
347 dys
12 July 1995 LB Southampton FC 3 0
21 Barkley, Ross 20 5 December 1993 CM Everton FC 9 0
Ross Barkley cautioned in the 53rd min. for unsporting behaviour for a foul. He was pulling on Óscar Duarte's shirt to prevent a counter-attack.
5 Cahill, Gary J. 28 19 December 1985 CD Chelsea FC 27 3
12 Smalling, Christopher L. 24 22 November 1989 CD Manchester United FC 13 0
7 Wilshere, Jack A.G., off 73rd min. 22 1 January 1992 LM Arsenal FC 20 0
8 Lampard, Frank J. 36 20 June 1978 RM Chelsea FC 106 29
9 Sturridge, Daniel A. 24 1 September 1989 CF Liverpool FC 15 5
20 Lallana, Adam D., off 62nd min. 26 10 May 1988 LF Southampton FC 9 0
Adam Lallana cautioned in the 57th min. for unsporting behaviour for a foul, after a late challenge on Bryan Ruiz.
17 Milner, James P., off 76th min. 28 4 January 1986 RF Manchester City FC 48 1
England Substitutes
19 Sterling, Raheem S., on 62nd min. (61:07) for Lallana 19 8 December 1994
born in Jamaica
AM Liverpool FC 7 0
4 Gerrard, Steven G., on 73rd min. (72:24) for Wilshere. Takes captaincy. 34 30 May 1980 M Liverpool FC 114 21
10 Rooney, Wayne M., on 76th min. (75:35) for Milner 28 24 October 1985 AM Manchester United FC 95 40
result: Costa Rica 0 England 0

unused substitutes:

1-Joe Hart, 2-Glen Johnson, 6-Phil Jagielka, 11-Danny Welbeck, 14-Jordan Henderson, 18-Rickie Lambert, 22-Fraser Forster.
4-3-3 Foster -
Jones, Smalling, Cahill, Shaw -
Lampard, Barkley, Wilshere
(Gerrard) -
(Rooney), Sturridge, Lallana (Sterling)

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 25.4 Appearances/Goals 24.4 3.5


    Match Report by Mike Payne

England ended their dismal World Cup campaign with the 'dead rubber' match against Costa Rica, and the match was as flat as the rest of the tournament had been for them.  It was a poor game all round and not really what the army of loyal England fans at the game and the millions watching at home wanted to see, but two positive things, our first point and a clean sheet.

Costa Rica were the team who started with a confident look about them, whereas England looked nervous and tentative in the first quarter of an hour.  But they did gradually settle as they realised that Costa Rica were nothing special, even though they had beaten both Uruguay and Italy in their previous games.  After just two minutes Joel Campbell hit a shot that deflected off Gary Cahill, wrong-footing goalkeeper Ben Foster, but it went wide.  With England's current run of bad luck that could have easily gone in!  Meanwhile, it took England 12 minutes to conjure a decent attack as a good move down the left gave Jack Wilshere possession.  He teed up Daniel Sturridge who fired in a shot from 20 yards.  Unfortunately the ball flew the wrong side of the right hand post with the goalkeeper beaten.

Six minutes later Sturridge again shot wide and then on 23 minutes Costa Rica created their only real chance of the game.  Inevitably, perhaps, it came from a free-kick as Celso Borges fired in a curling effort that Foster did well to touch onto the crossbar and over.  That was Foster's last anxious moment of the match but the West Brom keeper can be well satisfied with a confident display, with good handling and excellent anticipation.

In the 27th minute Sturridge was again at the centre of the action as the ball landed at his feet close to goal.  As he went to pull the trigger Oscar Duarte came in from his left and unceremoniously bundled the Liverpool striker over, a penalty, surely?  No chance in this tournament as the referee smiled as he waved away the appeals.  Later replays showed that Duarte made no attempt to play the ball but made sure he took the player out.

England won three quick corners on 35 minutes and from the third Phil Jones headed back across goal to Sturridge who had a free header from close range.  Alas, the England crowd groaned as the header sailed over.  There has been a lot of talk about England's lack of a killer touch in these matches, and that incident was one that highlighted that fault in our game.  But there was worse to come.  Ross Barkley had one excellent run to create a good opening, only for his final shot to be skewed wide.  The half ended goalless, and the action was pretty sterile to say the least.

The second half was played mostly in the middle of the park and Sturridge continued to be the focal point of the England attack.  His touch let him down on 50 minutes and that allowed Keylor Navas to save, and then within two minutes of each other both Barkley and Adam Lallana were booked for late challenges.  This, after Costa Rica players had repeatedly blocked and hacked at England, without being punished.  Lallana was just starting to make an impact on the play, but Roy Hodgson decided at that moment to replace the Southampton player with Raheem Sterling, an odd decision that didn't go down too well with the England fans. 

On 62 minutes Foster made an easy save from substitute Christian Bolanos's long range effort and then three minutes later England created their best chance of the match.  A lovely one-two between Sturridge and Wilshere set up Sturridge with a clear chance.  99 times out of a hundred Sturridge would have tucked the ball into the far corner, but sadly, this was the 100th and he put it wide of the far post!  It was yet another 'head in the hands' moment for the anguished England fans.

Four minutes later Sturridge was again brought down in the box but this time it was not such a clear cut decision.  England kept plugging away though and Steven Gerrard and Wayne Rooney were sent on for Wilshere and Milner, to add weight to the attacking third.  Alas, it didn't really work for them and one of the most disappointing aspects of England's play was their lack of penetration from set pieces.  Corners and free-kicks came to nothing every time, and that is supposed to be one of the strong points of the English game. 

With ten minutes left Rooney tried in vain to chip the goalkeeper, Luke Shaw's fine run down the left ended with a weak cross and Gerrard shot over.  At the other end, in the third minute of added time, Shaw showed his defensive qualities with a superb run and challenge that shut out Marco Urena's dangerous run.  It was the last action of a very poor match.  Costa Rica were content with a draw and go through as winners of England's group, and who would have thought that at the start of the tournament.

So England left Brazil after their worst showing in a World Cup since 1958.  Individually you could say that most of the players did their best, but as a team we never really found the combination that could cause the other teams problems.  The goals we conceded were poor, defensively, and up front we missed chance after chance.  A recipe for disaster to be honest.  In some ways it is a relief to see England come home as it was difficult to watch some of the decisions and incidents that the team suffered.  And how galling it was to see players like Uruguay's Diego Godin score the goal that put his team through to the next round with the winner over Italy.  He should never have been playing in that match because against England he should have been sent off!  And as for the man who puts the 'bite' into Uruguay's attack, words fail me.  Why is it that in every World Cup cheats are seen to prosper?

Source Notes

This is England's first participation in the UFWC (Unofficial Football World Championship) since they drew with Netherlands in August 2009. Currently held by Costa Rica after they beat Uruguay in their opening World Cup match.

BBC Sport
Mike Payne - football historian and contributor
André Do Nascimento Pereira