World Cup 2014: All eyes on Italy as England on brink of early elimination

Joseph Flachi

Joseph Flachi

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ENGLAND’S World Cup hopes hang by a thread after a crushing 2-1 defeat to Uruguay last night.

Fans will face another nail biting day as any chance of the Three Lions reaching the knockout stage now lies in Italy’s hands when they take on Costa Rica at 5pm.

Should Italy fail to beat Costa Rica,  it will be the first time in 56 years England will be eliminated from the first round of the tournament.

It’ll be an interesting encounter in Recife – can Costa Rica continue to upset the bigger teams?

Joseph Flachi, who runs Valentino’s restaurant in Bournemouth, said: “I think Italy can go all the way now.

“Against Costa Rica we will win 3-0. It will be no problem. I am putting a bet on Ciro (Immobile) to score the first goal.

“Pirlo and Balotelli are two wonderful players and will be important in the game. Pirlo is like a director on the pitch. He tells Balotelli to behave.

“Italy will top the group but I hope England qualify too.”

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Alan Young, who has family connections in Costa Rica and iscurrently in Brazil to follow the team, said: “After surprising the world with their convincing win over Uruguay, the Costa Rican team will be brimming with confidence and I don’t expect any of the first match jitters that we saw at the start of that game.

“Costa Rica will try to take the initiative against Italy and give everything to guarantee an historic place in the second round.

“While striker Joel Campbell’s performance will continue to be a major factor in Costa Rica’s success, midfielders Celso Borges and Yeltsin Tejeda will need to demonstrate why they’ve also been tipped for Europe’s big leagues in order to take control of the game away from Pirlo and company.

“2-0 to Costa Rica!”

The second game of the day in Salvador, 8pm, sees European rivals France and Switzerland go head-to-head.

Both teams won their first game and will be confident tonight.

Swiss-born Sasha Hasatroudi, who lives in Talbot Woods, will be watching.

He said: “The first game was really good. We played nice tight football and Ecuador struggled in the second half a lot.

“France will not take it easy on Switzerland, but if they underestimate them they could get taken by surprise – I wouldn’t put it past them.

“A draw would be fantastic against France. Even if Switzerland lose against France all they will need to do is beat Honduras and they will be through.”

The day rounds off with Honduras taking on Ecuador.

Both teams lost their first Group E games, to France and Switzerland respectively, and will be looking to bounce back and give themselves a chance of causing an upset in the group.

The match kicks off at 11pm British time in Curitiba.

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9:06am Fri 20 Jun 14

saynomore says...

Bunch of overpaid overrated prima donnas,one goal and thats it,useless.
Bunch of overpaid overrated prima donnas,one goal and thats it,useless. saynomore
  • Score: 4

9:21am Fri 20 Jun 14

BarrHumbug says...

No matter how slim our chances I think we are out. Even if, and theres a good chance they could, Italy win their last two games it still relies on us beating Costa Rica and probably by quite a margin, can you really see us doing that? I don't think so.
No matter how slim our chances I think we are out. Even if, and theres a good chance they could, Italy win their last two games it still relies on us beating Costa Rica and probably by quite a margin, can you really see us doing that? I don't think so. BarrHumbug
  • Score: 5

10:03am Fri 20 Jun 14

alasdair1967 says...

I think it's not just about Italy beating Costa Rica they must also beat uragray as well for us to stand any chance of progressing at the moment I think it's a 3 nil victory against Costa Rica that is required by us sadly I can't see the overpayed premiership prima donnas doing it ,quite frankly a disgrace to my national team
I think it's not just about Italy beating Costa Rica they must also beat uragray as well for us to stand any chance of progressing at the moment I think it's a 3 nil victory against Costa Rica that is required by us sadly I can't see the overpayed premiership prima donnas doing it ,quite frankly a disgrace to my national team alasdair1967
  • Score: 3

10:05am Fri 20 Jun 14

alasdair1967 says...

Incidentally I notice not as many cars today with flags on and all the flags on the houses in my neighbourhood have disappeared overnight
Incidentally I notice not as many cars today with flags on and all the flags on the houses in my neighbourhood have disappeared overnight alasdair1967
  • Score: -1

10:08am Fri 20 Jun 14

alasdair1967 says...

Speaking to a young Liverpudlian marine in the pub last night asked him if he was going to be giving Suarez some stick ,FairPlay to him said no why should I he was only doing his job not a bad job done considering he not really match fit
Speaking to a young Liverpudlian marine in the pub last night asked him if he was going to be giving Suarez some stick ,FairPlay to him said no why should I he was only doing his job not a bad job done considering he not really match fit alasdair1967
  • Score: 0

11:56am Fri 20 Jun 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

Gerrard and Rooney are past it.
Gerrard and Rooney are past it. Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: 3

12:35pm Fri 20 Jun 14

keith milton says...

this result made my day,

football has become bread and circuses for the sheeple,

there are far more serious problems going on around the world that are going to impact all of our lives,and much sooner than you think,

wakey wakey sheep.
this result made my day, football has become bread and circuses for the sheeple, there are far more serious problems going on around the world that are going to impact all of our lives,and much sooner than you think, wakey wakey sheep. keith milton
  • Score: 2

2:02pm Fri 20 Jun 14

BarrHumbug says...

alasdair1967 wrote:
Incidentally I notice not as many cars today with flags on and all the flags on the houses in my neighbourhood have disappeared overnight
I don't think there have been that many full stop, let alone after last night. Perhaps the nation has finally wised up to the fact we are rubbish at football?
[quote][p][bold]alasdair1967[/bold] wrote: Incidentally I notice not as many cars today with flags on and all the flags on the houses in my neighbourhood have disappeared overnight[/p][/quote]I don't think there have been that many full stop, let alone after last night. Perhaps the nation has finally wised up to the fact we are rubbish at football? BarrHumbug
  • Score: 2

4:43pm Fri 20 Jun 14

Hessenford says...

The England squad are supposed to be the best of the best, all I have seen this year is a bunch of overpaid has beens having a Sunday morning kick about, their playing like a load of geriatrics, if they were told their enormous pay packet would only be paid on performance perhaps they would show more enthusiasm, I would love my employer to pay me for doing absolutely nothing but it seems that its only footballers who receive such a works contract, the England squad will be home early I think and then they will be straight into the night clubs without a care in the world while England supporters will be left disgusted.
The England squad are supposed to be the best of the best, all I have seen this year is a bunch of overpaid has beens having a Sunday morning kick about, their playing like a load of geriatrics, if they were told their enormous pay packet would only be paid on performance perhaps they would show more enthusiasm, I would love my employer to pay me for doing absolutely nothing but it seems that its only footballers who receive such a works contract, the England squad will be home early I think and then they will be straight into the night clubs without a care in the world while England supporters will be left disgusted. Hessenford
  • Score: 3

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