2014 World Cup: Costa Rica’s Player Ratings vs. Italy

2014 World Cup: Costa Rica's Player Ratings vs. Italy

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Costa Rica proved today that their victory against Uruguay was no fluke. They came out against Italy and dominated the four-time World Cup champions. Outside of outstanding individual performances, Costa Rica operated extremely well as a team. But for the sake of analysis, find out how each Costa Rican player did individually.

GK - Keylor Navas

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GK - Keylor Navas

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Another game, another fantastic performance from Keylor Navas. While Italy didn't bother him too much, Navas managed to control both of Balotelli's chances and then had a great diving save against Darmian. 8 out of 10 for Navas.

RWB - Cristian Gamboa

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RWB - Cristian Gamboa

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It was a decent game for Cristian Gamboa, who stayed back to defend for most of the game. While Italy's best attacks came from Gamboa's side, he handled most of the work well. He didn't project himself offensively as much as he's used to, but it was a tactical approach. 6.5 out of 10 for Gamboa.

CB - Oscar Duarte

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CB - Oscar Duarte

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Alongside Giancarlo Gonzalez, Oscar Duarte will remember this night as one of his best defensive outings. Whenever Balotelli or Cassano approached him, he was always well positioned and covered them well. At the end of the game, he was tackling, heading and kicking anything out of the 18-yard box. 8 out of 10 for Duarte.

CB - Giancarlo Gonzalez

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CB - Giancarlo Gonzalez

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Giancarlo Gonzalez was the heart of the Costa Rican defense, using his timing and experience to stop Mario Balotelli all game long. Gonzalez anticipated a number of passes and won every header in the 18-yard box. It was a fantastic game for the MLS player who will surely be getting offers from Europe after this game. 9 out of 10 for Gonzalez.

CB - Michael Umaña

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CB - Michael Umaña

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He was the weak link of the Costa Rican backline. He made a couple of mistakes early on and committed a good amount of silly fouls close to Costa Rica's 18-yard box. Even then, he managed to improve as the game went on and ended the game on a high-note. 6.5 out of 10 for Umaña.

LWB - Junior Diaz

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LWB - Junior Diaz

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Junior Diaz was one of Costa Rica's star players on the day. He timed his runs perfectly and made them count. On one of his offensive possessions, he sent in a beautiful cross for Costa Rica's goal. In the second half, he defended the Italians extremely well, never letting Candreva or Cerci get a good cross off. 8.5 out of 10 for Junior Diaz.

CM - Celso Borges

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CM - Celso Borges

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Celso Borges was the workhorse in the middle of the pitch for Costa Rica. In the first half, he was aggressively pressing the Italian midfield, leading to a number of lost balls. He also had a couple of goal-scoring opportunities. In the second-half, he dropped back to hold on to the lead and kick in long-balls for the counter attacks. 8.5 out of 10 for Borges.

CM - Yeltsin Tejeda

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CM - Yeltsin Tejeda

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Yeltsin Tejeda demonstrated an amazing work-rate and passion as he ran and fought for every ball that came near him. He was constantly pressing the Italian midfielders in the first half, which led to the Italians resorting to passing it back. Tejeda even had a couple of chances to attack, showing he's no fool with the ball at his feet either. 7.5 out of 10 for Tejeda's tireless efforts.

RM - Bryan Ruiz

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RM - Bryan Ruiz

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Costa Rica's captain won't soon forget about this game. He was the leader of the CONCACAF side, stealing a number of balls in the midfield and immediately starting up the attacks. He showed great vision and class and capped off his terrific performance with a world-class header against a world-class goalkeeper. 9 out of 10 for Ruiz.

LM - Cristian Bolaños

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LM - Cristian Bolaños

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Cristian Bolaños proved to be a serious headache for Ignazio Abate, dribbling circles around him at times and constantly pressing the defenders. His sacrifice in terms of pressing led to a couple of opportunities on goal, but he was never able to take advantage. At times he was too selfish when the play called for a pass. 7 out of 10 for Bolaños.

ST - Joel Campbell

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ST - Joel Campbell

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Joel Campbell didn't have an amazing game like against Uruguay, but his effort and sacrifice were more than appreciated against Italy. He had to battle with Chiellini and Barzagli all game long, but he still managed to create some chances for himself. He had a clear penalty that wasn't called in his favor and hustled for every long ball thrown his way. 6.5 out of 10 for Campbell.

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