24 June 2014 | News Comments

Costa Rica top group after dour 0-0 draw

World Cup grp. D 24 June 2014 Estadio Mineirao Finished

Costa Rica 0 - 0 England
Ross Barkley 53'
Adam Lallana 57'
Randall Brenes 59'
Christian Bolanos 59'
Geancarlo Gonzalez 60'
Adam Lallana 62'
Raheem Sterling 62'
Joel Campbell 65'
Marco Urena 65'
Jack Wilshere 73'
Steven Gerrard 73'
James Milner 76'
Wayne Rooney 76'
Celso Borges 78'
Michael Barrantes 78'

Costa Rica marched into the second round of the World Cup proudly top of a Group D containing three former winners after a 0-0 draw with already-eliminated England.

The 'Ticos', assured of progress before kickoff, comfortably held their own against an England team showing nine changes from the team beaten by Uruguay in a game short on goalmouth action or any real tension.

Costa Rica will face the runners-up of Group C - likely to be one of Ivory Coast, Japan or Greece - in the last 16. Uruguay finished second on six points with Italy on three and England, in their worst World Cup showing since 1958, on one.

The confident Central Americans showed their attacking credentials from the start with forward Joel Campbell seeing his deflected shot sail narrowly wide.

England struggled to find their footing with the Costa Ricans a step quicker to the ball but Jack Wilshere showed some urgency when he burst through the defence to set up Daniel Sturridge but he fired wide after 12 minutes.

Their opponents responded with a close call of their own when Celso Borges's curling freekick was tipped on to the crossbar by keeper Ben Foster.

The atmosphere in the 57,000-crowd at the Mineirao was subdued with only the small contingency of Costa Rican fans making some noise and their English counterparts playing with  beach balls until they were confiscated.

There were also minor scuffles in the stands as frustration among English fans grew but they were quickly dealt with by stadium security.

England improved in the second half with some better passing moves and Sturridge again went close with a low drive.

Wayne Rooney, a late substitute, tested keeper Keylor Navas with an 18-metre chip but the 1966 World Cup winners' last stand in Brazil did little to lift their spirits after yet another disappointing performance. 

Statistics

Possession

Costa Rica | 46% England | 54%

Shots on target

Costa Rica | 1 England | 1

Shots off target

Costa Rica | 2 England | 4

Fouls

Costa Rica | 17 England | 17

Throw ins

Costa Rica | 7 England | 5

Offsides

Costa Rica | 3 England | 1

Yellow cards

Costa Rica | 1 England | 2

Red cards

Costa Rica | 0 England | 0

Corners

Costa Rica | 3 England | 7

Counter attacks

Costa Rica | 2 England | 0

Blocked Shots

Costa Rica | 1 England | 2