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Costa Rica Coach Jorge Luis Pinto revealed “Juventus inspired” his defensive set-up against Italy.
Alessandro Del Piero sees similarities with Italy’s predicament at the 2006 World Cup. “Marcello Lippi gave us great advice.”
Parma midfielder Walter Gargano confirmed Uruguay will “focus on the counter-attack” against Italy.
Claudio Ranieri is reportedly on the verge of accepting a two-year contract as Coach of Greece.
Juventus have snapped up exciting Paris Saint-Germain teenager Kingsley Coman on a free transfer.
Edinson Cavani warned Italy “it’ll be like a Final” when facing Uruguay in the World Cup – and they have home advantage.
Diego Armando Maradona sees Lorenzo Insigne as the key for Italy’s World Cup showdown with Uruguay.
Carlo Ancelotti trusts “Italy are stronger than Uruguay” and advised Cesare Prandelli on how to hurt them.
Rafa Benitez sent a touching message to Napoli fans one year on from his arrival. “I have the very same focus.”
Uruguay captain Diego Lugano assured they are “concentrated and confident” for the showdown with Italy.
Cesare Prandelli conceded that Italy were “too slow and took the wrong approach” in their defeat to Costa Rica.
Claudio Marchisio warned Italy “will need to be much more determined and gritty” against Uruguay.
Daniele De Rossi anxiously awaits test results, as he is an injury doubt to face Uruguay on Tuesday.
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Ecuador fought back from a goal down to beat Honduras 2-1 and go second in Group E thanks to an Enner Valencia brace.
FIFA explained why seven Costa Rica players had anti-doping tests after the Italy game rather than the usual two.
Ottmar Hitzfeld reassured Switzerland they can still progress in the World Cup despite “a dark day” against France.
Didier Deschamps laughed off suggestions France are “favourites” to win the World Cup after hammering Switzerland 5-2.
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.
Coach Jorge Luis Pinto said “Costa Rica were in the Group of Death, but it’s the others who are dead” after beating Italy.
The results of the blind auctions are confirmed, including Michelangelo Albertazzi, Paulo Vitor Barreto and Nicola Bellomo.
Thiago Motta claimed “the only difference” between Italy and Costa Rica was how accustomed they were to the heat.
There are injury concerns over Daniele De Rossi, who was seen limping after the Costa Rica game.
Alessio Cerci said Italy “must face Uruguay as if it were a Final” after their 1-0 defeat to Costa Rica.
Christian Bolanos took a sideswipe at Mario Balotelli after Costa Rica beat Italy. “He’ll know our names now.”
Lorenzo Insigne believes Italy “did well to avoid conceding another” after their 1-0 defeat to Costa Rica.
Bryan Ruiz said it is “a dream come true” for tiny Costa Rica to beat Italy and Uruguay in a World Cup.
Italy can qualify for the World Cup knockouts, and even top the group, as long as they don’t lose to Uruguay.
Gigi Buffon insists the defeat to Costa Rica “changes nothing” for Italy’s final group match against Uruguay.
Antonio Cassano is “convinced we can do it” after Italy’s 1-0 World Cup defeat to 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.
Cesare Prandelli confessed to “a deserved defeat” against an “aggressive” Costa Rica, as Italy face a showdown with Uruguay.
Italy suffered a World Cup shock when beaten 1-0 by Costa Rica, who qualify for the knockout stages.

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