What the papers say...
Today's front page headlines from La Gazzetta dello Sport, the Corriere dello Sport and Tuttosport.
Valencia brace revives Ecuador
Ecuador fought back from a goal down to beat Honduras 2-1 and go second in Group E thanks to an Enner Valencia brace.
Confusion on Costa Rica drug tests
FIFA explained why seven Costa Rica players had anti-doping tests after the Italy game rather than the usual two.
Hitzfeld: 'Dark day for Switzerland'
Ottmar Hitzfeld reassured Switzerland they can still progress in the World Cup despite “a dark day” against France.
Deschamps: 'France not favourites'
Didier Deschamps laughed off suggestions France are “favourites” to win the World Cup after hammering Switzerland 5-2.
France smash sorry Switzerland
France virtually booked their spot in the last 16 of the World Cup after a 5-2 demolition job on sorry Switzerland.
Honduras and Ecuador face off in a bid to keep their qualification hopes alive after France demolished Switzerland.
Pinto: 'Group of Death...'
Coach Jorge Luis Pinto said “Costa Rica were in the Group of Death, but it’s the others who are dead” after beating Italy.
Transfer blind auction results
The results of the blind auctions are confirmed, including Michelangelo Albertazzi, Paulo Vitor Barreto and Nicola Bellomo.
Thiago Motta: 'Heat only difference'
Thiago Motta claimed “the only difference” between Italy and Costa Rica was how accustomed they were to the heat.
Injury concerns for De Rossi
There are injury concerns over Daniele De Rossi, who was seen limping after the Costa Rica game.
Cerci: 'Uruguay like a Final'
Alessio Cerci said Italy “must face Uruguay as if it were a Final” after their 1-0 defeat to Costa Rica.
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.
France and Switzerland go head-to-head for leadership of Group E and qualification, but Paul Pogba is dropped.
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.
Udinese buy Armero from Napoli
Udinese have bought Colombia international Pablo Armero outright from Napoli.
Atalanta buy out Cigarini
Atalanta now own Luca Cigarini outright after buying him from Napoli, but Michele Canini goes to a blind auction.
Cuadrado-Roma meeting denied
Fiorentina released an official statement denying reports Roma are in negotiations for Juan Guillermo Cuadrado.
Juventus buy Isla and Pasquato
Juventus have officially bought Chile international Mauricio Isla and midfielder Cristian Pasquato from Udinese.
Keylor Navas fuels Napoli talk
Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas “would be honoured and very happy” with an offer from Napoli.
Verre to Roma, Nico Lopez to Udinese
Roma have bought Valerio Verre from Udinese and sold striker Nico Lopez to the Friulani.
Report: Zaza and Berardi deals
According to reports, Juventus have sold Simone Zaza to Sassuolo with an option and renew Domenico Berardi’s co-ownership.
Julio Cesar: 'Neymar better than Balo'
Julio Cesar insists his Brazil teammate Neymar “is a better player than Mario Balotelli and more mature.”
Sampdoria to play West Ham
Sampdoria have announced they will play a friendly against West Ham at Upton Park on August 9.
Line-ups: Italy-Costa Rica
Gigi Buffon, Thiago Motta and Ignazio Abate step into the Italy side to face Group D leaders Costa Rica.
Inter and Bologna extend Taider deal
Bologna have announced that they and Inter have agreed to renew their co-ownership of Saphir Taider for another season.
Pettinari returns to Roma
Crotone have announced they have allowed Roma to take sole ownership of Stefano Pettinari’s sporting rights.
Palermo to sell Lafferty?
It is reported that Palermo are considering selling striker Kyle Lafferty in order to finance a deal for Jasmin Kurtic.
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