Fans can watch the Italy vs. Costa Rica live stream free, which is one of the most anticipated matches of the second stage of the groups round at the 2014 World Cup.
Surprisingly, we are not talking about Italy as much as we are about Costa Rica, who shocked former World Cup champs, Uruguay, 3-1 in their opener last week. The tiny Central American country now finds itself sitting comfortably in first place in their very competitive group.
Group D is one of the toughest because it includes three former World Cup winners (Italy, Uruguay, and England). Costa Rica is one of the underdogs that has put on the performance of their lifetime and fans who tune in to watch Italy vs. Costa Rica will be in for a thrilling match.
You may not know, but Costa Rica is the third best team in their FIFA confederation, the CONCACAF, behind Mexico and the U.S. However, they have only qualified for four World Cups where they reached the round of 16.
Fans who watch Italy vs. Costa Rica will have the opportunity to see if Los Ticos can continue in the same fashion as they did in their impressive debut. On paper, this would normally be a walk in the park for Italy, but we can bet the four time World Cup winner are thinking twice about their lesser rival.
Italy comes into the 2014 World Cup with the desire of tying Brazil’s five titles. Currently, the Azzurri are in second place, behind Costa Rica, in Group D and both have three points after their respective victories.
England will be one of millions watching Italy vs. Costa Rica, as their fate depends on the result from Friday’s match. The Brits lost 2-1 to Uruguay, Thursday, after Luis Suarez scored a brace to bring Uruguay back from certain elimination.
Italy struggled with the hot temperatures in Confederations Cup in Brazil in 2013. On Friday, the conditions will certainly have an effect on their performance. The match against Costa Rica is scheduled for the middle of the day and coach Cesare Prandelli stated his team will “suffer” with the high humidity.
Italy has been preparing for the harsh environment, but Prandelli says the squad is ready for Costa Rica:
“We’re ready. We don’t have any more excuses,” Prandelli said. “I really believe that we will suffer, but we have an idea of what we’re going to be doing on the pitch.”
You can watch the Italy vs. Costa Rica live stream free here. Kick-off is at 1 pm local time, 12 pm ET.
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