Group D has three World Cup champions with Costa Rica, which was expected to be the punchbag for an easy win. After 4 matches of the group, the punch bag is sitting pretty on top, being the only team to qualify to next round from the Group of Death. 1966 World Cup Champion England is already knocked out, while the four time champion Italy and two time champion Uruguay lock horns to decide the second qualifier from the group. Will it be second consecutive first round exit for Italy? Or Will it be the turn of 2010 semifinalist Uruguay to bid goodbye to Brazil!!
Today, in the last two matches of the group Italy takes on Uruguay, while Costa Rica takes on England.
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Journey so Far of Group D Teams
Costa Rica has already qualified winning both matches. England is already knocked out.
- Italy vs Uruguay match is a knockout for both teams.
- Costa Rica vs England match will confirm the position of Costa Rica in the group. Even a draw confirms their position on top of the group.
Uruguay needs a win to qualify.
Even a draw helps Italy to qualify on better goal difference than Uruguay.
History of Group D Teams in First Round
- Uruguay has been knocked out in the first round only thrice. Besides 1962 and 1974 the last time they could not proceed to knockout was in 2002 World Cup.
Italy on the other hand has 6 first round exit in 18 editions. After 1974 World Cup, they were knocked out in first round in South Africa 2010 World Cup.
England has been knocked out in the first round for the third time only in 14 appearances. In 1950 and 1958 World Cup they were knocked out before.
Costa Rica is having their best world cup. Playing their 4th edition, they qualified for 2nd round only in 1990 edition on their debut, even then they failed to win two matches. In 1990 also they had defeated two teams at Group Stage, Scotland and Sweden.
- Costa Rica will stay at top, while Suarez driven Uruguay will knockout Italy. With Suarez back in the fold and starting in astonishing form, Uruguay appear a better team than Italy. Both have already lost to Costa Rica, and both have won against England too. On the basis of last two matches, Italy appears weak in defense, and are unable to convert the slight chances that their forwards are creating. Uruguay attack is fierce and penetrates well. It will be a close match, but Uruguay will win.
Costa Rica may lose to England, still would finish on top of the group, as the other match needs to product a big margin to topple them from top.