Costa Rica top Group D after 0-0 draw with England in Belo Horizonte

Date: June 25, 2014

Result: England 0-0 Costa Rica

Venue: Estadio Mineirao, Belo Horizonte

Attendance: 57,823

Match overview: Costa Rica, widely viewed as the weakest team of the group, have finished top of Group D after drawing with England in Belo Horizonte. England fielded a second-string   eleven, with nine changes from the side that started against Uruguay. They showed flashes of attacking potential but Costa Rica, content with a point, held out for the draw.

Key moment: Daniel Sturridge had an off day for England, missing a number of chances. Had he directed a header, from an unmarked position following a corner, on target, we may have had a different second half, with Costa Rica forced to seek out an equaliser.

Man of the match: If England are to take any consolation from this tournament for the future, the performance of Ross Barkley in Belo Horizonte offered some cause for optimism. The Everton midfielder is still a raw talent, but has demonstrated his suitability for the international stage.

Matter of fact: England used 22 of their 23-man squad in their three Group D games. The only player not to feature was goalkeeper Fraser Forster.

Talking point: Costa Rica have topped Group D despite being without two of the best players, striker Alvaro Saborio and wing-back Bryan Oviedo, who were both injured and failed to make the squad. A remarkable achievement given the Ticos were given little of chance in a group featuring three previous World Cup winners.

Stats:

Goal attempts

  • England 5
  • Costa Rica 3

On target

  • England 1
  • Costa Rica 1

Corners

  • England 3
  • Costa Rica 3

Line-ups:

England:

  • 13 Foster
  • 16 Jones
  • 05 Cahill
  • 12 Smalling
  • 23 Shaw
  • 17 Milner (Rooney 76)
  • 08 Lampard (c)
  • 07 Wilshere (Gerrard 73)
  • 21 Barkley
  • 20 Lallana (Sterling 62)
  • 09 Sturridge

Costa Rica

  • 01 Navas
  • 03 Gonzalez
  • 05 Borges (Barrantes 78)
  • 06 Duarte
  • 09 Campbell (Urena 64)
  • 10 Ruiz (c)
  • 14 Brenes (Bolanos 59)
  • 15 Diaz
  • 16 Gamboa
  • 17 Tejeda
  • 19 Miller

 

Yellow cards:

England:

  • Barkley 53, Lallana 57

Costa Rica:

  • Gonzalez 60

Referee: Djamel Haimoudi (Algeria)