Júnior Díaz set Bryan Ruiz up with an excellent cross. The team captain headed the ball past Italy's keeper, clanging it off the crossbar and just barely across the goal line at the 44th minute. That's all the Ticos would need. Costa Rica closed out Italy in a 1-0 victory.
Striker Joel Campbell and midfielder Celso Borges, two probable La Sele starters in Brazil, are dealing with minor knee injuries. The pair is being monitored closely by medical staff this week during Costa Rica's World Cup training camp. However, team officials assured that neither injury is grave.
The Costa Rica Men's National Team announced its lineup for an international friendly against Paraguay. The match is set for next Wednesday at 8 p.m. in the National Stadium. As expected, head coach Jorge Luis Pinto presented a roster made up of the team's biggest stars for Costa Rica's lone home warm-up before the World Cup.
Costa Rican winger Joel Campbell stunned Manchester United with a preposterous goal during a Champions League matchup Tuesday in Greece. The 21-year-old Campbell, playing for the Greek squad Olympiakos, scored early in the second half in a 2-0 victory over the storied English club.