Le Costa Rica s'est qualifié contre toute attente pour les huitièmes de finale du Mondial en battant l'Italie (1-0) dans un match du groupe D, vendredi à Recife, un résultat qui élimine du même coup l'Angleterre.

Dans ce groupe dit "de la mort", le représentant d'Amérique centrale semblait être la victime désignée, mais après l'Angleterre, ce sera au tour d'un autre ex-vainqueur de la Coupe du monde de prendre la sortie: le deuxième billet se jouera entre l'Italie et l'Uruguay dans un véritable seizième de finale à Natal le 24 juin.

Après leur victoire inaugurale (2-1) contre l'Angleterre, les Azzurri ont complètement échoué à contrôler ce match face à des Costariciens au jeu toujours plaisant et sans complexe, comme lors de leur victoire d'entrée (3-1) sur l'Uruguay.

Non, le succès contre la Céleste n'était pas un accident, les Ticos éclipsant la Nazionale de Pirlo dans le jeu.

Après une intervention suspecte de Chiellini sur Campbell dans la surface (43), non sanctionnée, les Ticos ont trouvé le chemin des buts grâce à une tête de Ruiz sur un centre de Diaz, le ballon frappant la transversale avant de passer la ligne (44).

Le capitaine et gardien de la Nazionale Buffon s'est ainsi incliné pour sa rentrée après son absence contre l'Angleterre.

Seule pointe italienne Balotelli, souvent sollicité, a eu sa chance à deux reprises en première période (31, 33) avant de s'éteindre progressivement. Un coup franc de Pirlo (53) sur Navas et ce fut presque tout pour des Azzurri méconnaissables par rapport à leur entame contre l'Angleterre.

Les Diaz, Ruiz, Borges et autres Campbell ont donné par instants le tournis voire une leçon aux Italiens.

Hormis Italie-Uruguay, le Costa Rica, pour la première place, et l'Angleterre, pour l'honneur, en découdront à Belo Horizonte le 24 juin.

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    Costa Rica's forward Bryan Ruiz celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during a Group D match between Italy and Costa Rica at the Pernambuco Arena in Recife during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 20, 2014. AFP PHOTO / JAVIER SORIANO (Photo credit should read JAVIER SORIANO/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Costa Rica's forward Bryan Ruiz (2nd R) celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during a Group D match between Italy and Costa Rica at the Pernambuco Arena in Recife during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 20, 2014. AFP PHOTO / JAVIER SORIANO (Photo credit should read JAVIER SORIANO/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Costa Rica's forward Bryan Ruiz (L) celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during a Group D match between Italy and Costa Rica at the Pernambuco Arena in Recife during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 20, 2014. AFP PHOTO / EMMANUEL DUNAND (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Costa Rica's forward Bryan Ruiz celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during a Group D match between Italy and Costa Rica at the Pernambuco Arena in Recife during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 20, 2014. AFP PHOTO / JAVIER SORIANO (Photo credit should read JAVIER SORIANO/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Costa Rica's forward Bryan Ruiz celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during a Group D match between Italy and Costa Rica at the Pernambuco Arena in Recife during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 20, 2014. AFP PHOTO / JAVIER SORIANO (Photo credit should read JAVIER SORIANO/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Costa Rica's forward Bryan Ruiz celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during a Group D match between Italy and Costa Rica at the Pernambuco Arena in Recife during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 20, 2014. AFP PHOTO / JAVIER SORIANO (Photo credit should read JAVIER SORIANO/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Costa Rica's forward Bryan Ruiz (3rd R) celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during a Group D match between Italy and Costa Rica at the Pernambuco Arena in Recife during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 20, 2014. AFP PHOTO / JAVIER SORIANO (Photo credit should read JAVIER SORIANO/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Costa Rica's players celebrate after Costa Rica's forward Bryan Ruiz scored his team's first goal during a Group D match between Italy and Costa Rica at the Pernambuco Arena in Recife during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 20, 2014. AFP PHOTO / JAVIER SORIANO (Photo credit should read JAVIER SORIANO/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Costa Rica's players celebrate after Costa Rica's forward Bryan Ruiz scored his team's first goal during a Group D match between Italy and Costa Rica at the Pernambuco Arena in Recife during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 20, 2014. AFP PHOTO / JAVIER SORIANO (Photo credit should read JAVIER SORIANO/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Costa Rica's forward Bryan Ruiz (L) celebrates after he scored against Italy during a Group D football match between Italy and Costa Rica at the Pernambuco Arena in Recife during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 20, 2014. AFP PHOTO / GIUSEPPE CACACE (Photo credit should read GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP/Getty Images)

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    RECIFE, BRAZIL - JUNE 20: Bryan Ruiz of Costa Rica celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group D match between Italy and Costa Rica at Arena Pernambuco on June 20, 2014 in Recife, Brazil. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

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    Costa Rica's forward Bryan Ruiz (3rd R) celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during a Group D match between Italy and Costa Rica at the Pernambuco Arena in Recife during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 20, 2014. AFP PHOTO / EMMANUEL DUNAND (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

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    RECIFE, BRAZIL - JUNE 20: Bryan Ruiz of Costa Rica celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group D match between Italy and Costa Rica at Arena Pernambuco on June 20, 2014 in Recife, Brazil. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

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    RECIFE, BRAZIL - JUNE 20: Bryan Ruiz of Costa Rica celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group D match between Italy and Costa Rica at Arena Pernambuco on June 20, 2014 in Recife, Brazil. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

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    RECIFE, BRAZIL - JUNE 20: Bryan Ruiz of Costa Rica celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group D match between Italy and Costa Rica at Arena Pernambuco on June 20, 2014 in Recife, Brazil. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

  • Italy v Costa Rica: Group D - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    RECIFE, BRAZIL - JUNE 20: Bryan Ruiz of Costa Rica celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group D match between Italy and Costa Rica at Arena Pernambuco on June 20, 2014 in Recife, Brazil. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

  • Italy v Costa Rica: Group D - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    RECIFE, BRAZIL - JUNE 20: Costa Rica players celebrate after Bryan Ruiz scored their team's first goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group D match between Italy and Costa Rica at Arena Pernambuco on June 20, 2014 in Recife, Brazil. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

  • Italy v Costa Rica: Group D - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    RECIFE, BRAZIL - JUNE 20: Bryan Ruiz of Costa Rica celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group D match between Italy and Costa Rica at Arena Pernambuco on June 20, 2014 in Recife, Brazil. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

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    Costa Rica's players celebrate after Costa Rica's forward Bryan Ruiz scored his team's first goal during a Group D match between Italy and Costa Rica at the Pernambuco Arena in Recife during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 20, 2014. AFP PHOTO / EMMANUEL DUNAND (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Costa Rica's forward Bryan Ruiz (top) celebrates after scoring during a Group D football match between Italy and Costa Rica at the Pernambuco Arena in Recife during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 20, 2014. AFP PHOTO / JAVIER SORIANO (Photo credit should read JAVIER SORIANO/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Costa Rica's forward Bryan Ruiz (R) celebrates after scoring during a Group D football match between Italy and Costa Rica at the Pernambuco Arena in Recife during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 20, 2014. AFP PHOTO / JAVIER SORIANO (Photo credit should read JAVIER SORIANO/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Costa Rica's players celebrate after Costa Rica's forward Bryan Ruiz scored his team's first goal during a Group D match between Italy and Costa Rica at the Pernambuco Arena in Recife during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 20, 2014. AFP PHOTO / RONALDO SCHEMIDT (Photo credit should read RONALDO SCHEMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)


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