Costa Rica draw to top group

Costa Rica draw to top group
Costa Rica's Yeltsin Tejeda (left) and Jack Wilshere battle for the ball

by Staff Reporter

Tuesday Jun 24, 2014. 20:02

Costa Rica finished at the top of Group D when their 2014 FIFA World Cup encounter against England ended in a 0-0 draw at the Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte on Tuesday.

Jorge Luis Pinto’s side went into this game having already booked their place in the knockout stages, while England had already been knocked out, and neither side were able to find the back of the net.

Costa Rica settled first in the game and created the earliest chance in the 2nd minute as Joel Campbell created some space on the left before firing a shot which was deflected just wide off Gary Cahill.

The Three Lions had their first opportunity in the 12th minute with Daniel Sturridge receiving a pass from Jack Wilshere on the edge of the penalty area before sending his snapshot just wide of the right post.

Los Ticos then came close again from a freekick in the 24th minute when Celso Borges tried to curl the ball to the top left corner, only to be denied by a fingertip save from Ben Foster, as well as the crossbar.

Roy Hodgson’s side also had a chance from a setpiece at the other end in the 35th minute as Sturridge headed over the crossbar from the edge of the six-yard box after Ross Barkley’s corner was headed across by Phil Jones.

The second half started slowly with both sides giving away fouls but the first chance fell for Costa Rica in the 62nd minute when Jones gave the ball away to Bryan Ruiz, who then found Christian Bolanos outside the box, but his shot was saved by Foster.

England then came inches close at the other end three minutes later when Sturridge was played through on the right side of the box, only to curl his left-footed shot just wide of the far post.

England had one last opportunity in the 80th minute when substitute Wayne Rooney attempted to lob the ball over Keylor Navas, but the Uruguay goalkeeper was able to tip his effort over the crossbar as the match ended in a 0-0 draw.

Costa Rica finish at the top of the group with seven points, while England will exit from the bottom of the table with a single point.

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