Exit Beckons For Italy, Others

The ‘group of death’ has certainly lived up to its ghoulish moniker, with a second former FIFA World Cup winner set for the axe along with England.
Despite being the second smallest of all 32 nations at Brazil 2014, Costa Rica have caused mayhem in Group D, beating Uruguay and Italy to leave another heavyweight destined for an early flight home.
That duo now meet in Natal desperate to clinch a berth in the Round of 16, but La Nazionale, who have won just one of their last six World Cup games, still seem to be searching for the right tactical blend.
As for La Celeste, they will turn again to Edinson Cavani and, above all, Luis Suarez, who scored twice against England.
In Group C, Colombia are through already and require just a draw against Japan to be sure of finishing top. All three of their fellow section hopefuls can still join them, though Côte d’Ivoire hold the advantage as they boast two points more than their rivals. Greece, meanwhile, have yet to find the net as they prepare to take on the African side for the first time.

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