Costa Rica get the point needed


The Costa Ricans only needed a draw to top Group D and got the desired result after a rather lacklustre game against England, who changed nine players who started in their defeat to Uruguay.

It was not a memorable match, with chances few and far between, although England made the majority of the play despite the heat of Belo Horizonte.

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Daniel Sturridge had the majority of England's chances but fired fired just wide of the upright on two occasions, the first from the edge of the D and the second from inside the box after a neat one-two with Jack Wilshere.

Sturridge also had a penalty appeal waved away in the 27th minute after the ball was headed down to him in a great position. The Liverpool striker took a touch to control and was then seemingly impeded by a defender, but the ref saw nothing wrong.

Costa Rica's best chance was from a direct free-kick from Celso Borges, whose whipped effort was tipped onto the crossbar and out by Ben Foster in the England goal.

In the 69th minute Sturridge had another good chance as he burst through on goal, but a risky last-ditch tackle from behind in the penalty area once again saved the day for the South Americans.

England threw on Steven Gerrard and Wayne Rooney to provide some inspiration for the troops towards the end of the match, but even their combined experience was not enough to unlock a stubborn Costa Rica rearguard.

Costa Rica top the group with seven points, while England finish a dismal 2014 World Cup campaign with one point from three matches, bottom of the group.