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June 21, 2014

Costa Rica pulls off another upset

RECIFE, Brazil — Costa Rica followed up its surprise win over Uruguay with another upset World Cup victory on Friday, beating four-time champion Italy 1-0 to secure a spot in the next round and eliminate England in the process.

Costa Rica captain Bryan Ruiz scored in the 44th minute, heading in off the underside of the crossbar following a cross from Junior Diaz. Goal-line technology was used to show that the ball bounced down and in after hitting the bar.

There was a frenetic end to the first half, as moments before Ruiz’s goal Costa Rica had a penalty appeal waved away when striker Joel Campbell was bundled over by Giorgio Chiellini.

Costa Rica leads Group D with six points, while Italy and Uruguay have three each.

France 5, Switzerland 2: SALVADOR, Brazil — Forwards Olivier Giroud and Karim Benzema each scored one goal and created another as a rampant France thrashed Switzerland on Friday to take control of Group E and all but seal a place in the next round.

France has six points with a game remaining against Ecuador, which moved into second place — edging Switzerland on goal difference — with a win over Honduras.

Ecuador 2, Honduras 1: CURITIBA, Brazil — Ecuador forward Enner Valencia scored two goals in a comeback victory over Honduras that kept his team in contention at the World Cup.

Ecuador moved into second spot in Group E on three points — ahead of Switzerland on goal difference — with a game remaining against group-leading France, which has tallied eight goals and conceded two in a pair of dominating wins.

Honduras took the lead in the 31st minute with its first World Cup goal in 32 years when Carlo Costly latched onto a long ball following a misjudgment from Ecuador defender Jorge Guagua.

— AP

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