Bolanos: 'Now Balotelli knows us'
Christian Bolanos took a sideswipe at Mario Balotelli after Costa Rica beat Italy. “He’ll know our names now.”
Insigne: 'It could've been worse'
Lorenzo Insigne believes Italy “did well to avoid conceding another” after their 1-0 defeat to Costa Rica.
Ruiz: 'Costa Rica dream come true'
Bryan Ruiz said it is “a dream come true” for tiny Costa Rica to beat Italy and Uruguay in a World Cup.
Italy qualify if...
Italy can qualify for the World Cup knockouts, and even top the group, as long as they don’t lose to Uruguay.
Buffon: 'Defeat changes nothing'
Gigi Buffon insists the defeat to Costa Rica “changes nothing” for Italy’s final group match against Uruguay.
Cassano: 'Convinced Italy can do it'
Antonio Cassano is “convinced we can do it” after Italy’s 1-0 World Cup defeat to Costa Rica.
Azzurri ratings: Italy 0-1 Costa Rica
Costa Rica pulled off an historic win in Recife, as Sam Lewis analyses the slow and sluggish Italy.
Prandelli: 'A deserved defeat'
Cesare Prandelli confessed to “a deserved defeat” against an “aggressive” Costa Rica, as Italy face a showdown with Uruguay.
Italy capitulate to Costa Rica
Italy suffered a World Cup shock when beaten 1-0 by Costa Rica, who qualify for the knockout stages.
Julio Cesar: 'Neymar better than Balo'
Julio Cesar insists his Brazil teammate Neymar “is a better player than Mario Balotelli and more mature.”
Line-ups: Italy-Costa Rica
Gigi Buffon, Thiago Motta and Ignazio Abate step into the Italy side to face Group D leaders Costa Rica.
Allegri on Pirlo departure
Former Milan Coach Max Allegri says Andrea Pirlo’s departure from San Siro in 2011 was a decision made by both the player and club.
Report: Barzagli to start for Azzurri
Sky Sport Italia report that Andrea Barzagli has shaken off injury concerns and will start for Italy against Costa Rica today.
Motta, Abate, Buffon to come in
Thiago Motta, Ignazio Abate and Gianluigi Buffon are speculated as Italy’s three new faces to come in to face Costa Rica today.
Italy press for time-outs, but…
Italy continue to pressure for time-outs to be sanctioned for today’s match with Costa Rica, but the rules indicate they may be unsuccessful.
Prandelli: Azzurri will have to suffer
Cesare Prandelli is confident his Italy team are ready for their World Cup match against Costa Rica but has called for drink breaks to be implemented.
‘Balo an important weapon’
Cesare Prandelli has called for Mario Balotelli to retain his focus as Italy continue their quest for World Cup glory.
Prandelli expects Spain revival
Italy Coach Cesare Prandelli expects Spain to be back among world football’s elite within two months.
‘Buffon and Barzagli to play if…’
Cesare Prandelli has revealed both Gigi Buffon and Andrea Barzagli will play against Costa Rica if they respond well to training tomorrow morning.
Prandelli wary of Costa Rica
Italy Coach Cesare Prandelli is wary of the threat tomorrow’s World Cup opponents Costa Rica will pose his side.
Balo only focused on World Cup
Mario Balotelli has insisted that he just wants to focus on the World Cup, not his own personal future.
Antonini shocked by Gilardino exclusion
Luca Antonini has revealed that he was shocked to see Genoa teammate Alberto Gilardino not in Italy’s World Cup squad.
Italy train in Recife
Italy have trained for the first time in Recife ahead of their game against Costa Rica tomorrow.
'Mario must understand his potential'
Jose Mourinho has urged Mario Balotelli to ‘understand his full potential’ and take this World Cup by storm.
De Rossi: Tough? I’m fair…
Daniele De Rossi doesn’t quite see himself as ‘Italy’s toughest midfielder’, choosing instead to describe his style as ‘physical’ and ‘fair’.
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