World Cup: Costa Rica shocks Italy, England out

World Cup: Costa Rica shocks Italy, England out
June 20, 2014, 2:30 pm
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Bryan Ruiz scored the lone goal of the match in the 44th minute for Costa Rica. (AP)

Updated 9:45 p.m.

RECIFE, Brazil -- Costa Rica followed up its surprise win over Uruguay with another World Cup stunner on Friday, beating four-time champion Italy 1-0 to secure a spot in the next round and eliminate England in the process.

Costa Rica captain Bryan Ruiz gave his side the lead in the 44th minute, heading in off the underside of the crossbar following a cross from Junior Diaz. Goal-line technology was used to confirm the goal.

There was a frenetic end to the first half, as moments before Ruiz's goal Costa Rica had a penalty appeal waved away when striker Joel Campbell went down in the area under a challenge from Giorgio Chiellini.

Costa Rica leads Group D with six points, while Italy and Uruguay have three each before Tuesday's showdown. England has zero points (see full recap).

France hammers Switzerland
SALVADOR, Brazil -- Olivier Giroud and Blasie Matuidi scored a minute apart and Mathieu Valbuena added another to give rampant France a 3-0 lead over Switzerland at halftime in their World Cup Group E match on Friday.

From Valbuena's corner, Giroud jumped above Valon Behrami near the back of the penalty area to head powerfully under the crossbar in the 17th minute.

Behrami then gave the ball away to Benzema, who quickly fed Matuidi sprinting down the left, and the Paris Saint-Germain midfielder slotted neatly inside the near post.

After the Swiss had gone close, Benzema missed a chance to make it 3-0 from the penalty spot when goalkeeper Diego Benaglio guessed the right way to palm away his effort.

But Giroud then set up Valbuena in the 40th after breaking down the left (see full recap).

Ecuador rallies to beat Honduras
CURITIBA, Brazil -- Ecuador forward Enner Valencia scored twice in a 2-1 comeback victory over Honduras on Friday that kept his team in contention at the World Cup.

Ecuador moved into second spot in Group E with a match remaining against group-leading France, which has had two dominating wins.

Honduras took the lead in the 31st minute with its first goal at the World Cup in 32 years when Carlo Costly latched onto a long ball following a mistake from Ecuador defender Jorge Guagua.

Valencia responded three minutes later, tapping in from close range.

He scored the winner came in the 65th when he out-jumped the defense to head home a free kick from Walter Ayovi. Ecuador lost its opening match 2-1 to Switzerland, but edged ahead of the Swiss on goal difference.

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