England quietly walks away from the World Cup tournament as Costa Rica forces them to a goalless draw 0 – 0 at Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte last Tuesday.
Costa Rica tops Group D with 7 points, followed by Uruguay with 6. Meanwhile, Italy ends up with 3 points while England settled with 1 point.
Both teams struggled to score points all throughout the match.
However, England missed a lot of free kicks, while Costa Rica was unable to push any chances of netting a goal.
Nevertheless, England dominated in terms of possession as they topped at 56%, while Costa Rica was at 44%.
Both Italy and England are now eliminated from the tournament while Costa Rica and Urugay advances.
Roy Hodgson, England’s manager, comments on an interview at BBC Sports: “Apart from first the 10 to 12 minutes, we dominated totally. We didn’t take our goal chances – if we did we would have comfortably won.
“We created the chances and that’s important.”
“I’m not concerned about Daniel Sturridge – he’ll take goal chances in the future. I thought we were really unlucky not to win this game.”
“I thought the whole back four was absolutely excellent. We restricted the team to almost no chances. In midfield we dominated and outplayed them.”
Costa Rica will be pitted against Greece at Arena Pernambuco in Recife on Sunday.