2014 World Cup: Predicting The Results of Every Group D Match

2014 World Cup: Predicting The Results of Every Group D Match

World Cup 2014 Group D Table
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Group D at the 2014 World Cup will bring together three nations with a proud soccer history in Uruguay, England, and Italy, as well as one outside in Costa Rica that's hoping to shock the world. This group should provide some intriguing match ups with deep historical significance. Here is a prediction of how each Group D match will end.

Uruguay 3, Costa Rica 0

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Uruguay 3, Costa Rica 0

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After a brilliant season in the EPL, it doesn't take Luis Suarez long to strike, as he scores two early goals for Uruguay, who cruises to an easy win, making a statement early on in the tournament, albeit against a weaker side.

Italy 2, England 0

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Italy 2, England 0

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It's a disappointing start to the tournament for England, who is outclassed by Italy in every aspect of the game. The Italians don't create many scoring chances, but they create enough to find the back of the net twice and look like a team to be reckoned with during the tournament.

England 1, Uruguay 1

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England 1, Uruguay 1

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England looks much better in their second match and they are minutes from claiming three points, but Luis Suarez draws a free kick in a dangerous spot and Diego Forlan buries it, giving each team a point and crushing the English after thinking they had the match won.

Italy 1, Costa Rica 0

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Italy 1, Costa Rica 0

Mario Balotelli
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The Ticos play well, but Mario Balotelli has a breakthrough midway through the second half, crushing Costa Rica's hopes of gaining a point against a world power and putting Italy in control of the group heading into the final pair of matches.

Uruguay 2, Italy 2

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Uruguay 2, Italy 2

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Just like the meeting between these two last summer at the Confederations Cup, this one is endlessly entertaining and looks like it could go either way. But in the end, neither side can find the go-ahead goal and both teams are satisfied with one point from the match.

Costa Rica 1, England 0

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Costa Rica 1, England 0

Costa Rica
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The Ticos pull off perhaps the upset of the tournament by beating England. Costa Rica plays care-free soccer while the English come out tight knowing they need a win and help in order to advance, and the Ticos are able to hang on after taking a lead 30 minutes into the match.

Final Standings

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Final Standings

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After getting knocked off in the group stage four years ago, Italy finishes atop of this difficult group with seven points, as Uruguay also advances to the knockout stage with five points. Costa Rica goes home, but does so on a high note after grabbing three points in its final match while England heads home embarrassed with one point and one goal scored.

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