Friday, June 20, 2014

Costa Rica 1 Italy 0

Sorry, Lloyd England, there is no longer any chance at all. Perpetually a punchline during his time in the EPL, Bryan Ruiz scores the only goal tournament darlings Costa Rica needs to knock out the Three Lions and put Italy in serious danger. The Ticos were so organized, so on top of things and so insistent that the Azzurri never really looked much like equalizing as the clock ran down - their highly dramatic sports front pages should be full of amusement. And just like that, CONCACAF moved to 4-1-1 in Brazil, led by the fourth team to qualify for the sweet 16.

NSC Man of the Match: Júnior Díaz

- Greg Seltzer


Unknown said...

Praise be if the US could play a game against Portugal with the same verve. Amazing game. They resisted Italian pressure and retained possession so well. Bravo Ticos!

Tony M said...

England was never getting through this group. But I
ll be dammed I thought it would bet hanks to Costa Rica. I figured the Ticos to play spoilers, but from the start of the first game, they have shown nothing but intelligence, organization and courage

Matt said...
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Matt said...

I read your MOTM as Junot Diaz the sci-fi writer and teacher at MIT. If you haven't read his stuff, you really should.

Tony M said...

Matt, thought the same thing! The guy is a great writer. This Is how You Lose Her is the best thing I read last year. (And I read a LOT.)