FIFA World Cup: Costa Rica Tops Group After 0-0 Draw With England

With nothing to play for in their final match this FIFA World Cup, England coach Roy Hodgson made nine changes to the team, fielding a slew of young talent, including Adam Lallana, Ross Barkley and Luke Shaw against Costa Rica.

updated: June 25, 2014 00:10 IST
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England had already been eliminated and will go home without a win.

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Belo Horizonte, Brazil: Costa Rica finished first in what many considered the World Cup's toughest group after a dour 0-0 draw against a second-string England side Tuesday.

Costa Rica only needed a draw to top Group D and played that way, setting up in a defensive 5-3-2 formation.

The result gives Costa Rica its best World Cup performance, winning a group that contained former three world champions. While Los Ticos reached the knockout stages in 1990, they finished second in a weaker group. Costa Rica will play the runner-up in Group C in the second round. England lost its first two matches to Italy and Uruguay, while Costa Rica surprisingly won its first two. Uruguay also advanced from the group after beating Italy 1-0.

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