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Italy will look to take a huge step towards securing their place in the knock out stages when they take on Costa Rica later today.
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The Italian’s opened their campaign with a strong 2-1 win over England while their opponents were even more impressive as they shocked Uruguay 3-1.
An already tight group has become even more complicated with Uruguay getting their campaign off the ground with a 2-1 win over England on Thursday.
The result ensured that should Italy beat Costa Rica then Roy Hodgson’s England will still have a chance of qualification although if the teams draw or the Costa Rican’s pull off another shock then the three lions will be sent packing.
None of that will matter to the two teams playing however with each focused on their own task with Italian midfielder Thiago Motta comparing the game to a final.
The PSG star was impressed with the performance of the Central Americans in their opening game and he wants his team-mates to ensure that they treat their opponent with respect.
“In modern football there’s no such thing as an easily beatable team,” the 31-year-old said.
“Costa Rica played very well, ran a great deal and are not a surprise. They have good players, know what they are doing and it’ll be a difficult match for us.
“They have players in attack who can make the difference. Costa Rica are very quick at passing it forward and also accustomed to these temperatures, so we need to be very careful.
“The enthusiasm they’re running on after that win over Uruguay will also help boost their confidence. We must face this game as if it were a final.”
Motta could come into the side to replace his club-mate Marco Verratti while defender Andrea Barzagli (knee) is a doubt for the game.
Veteran goalkeeper and Captain Gianluigi Buffon is back training after suffering an ankle injury.
Costa Rica meanwhile will be full of confidence after their impressive second half performance in the opening round. Inspired by Joel Campbell, Jorge Luis Pinto’s side scored 3 goals in the second 45 minutes to move a step closer to emulating their achievements of 1990 when they reached the last 16.