Costa Rica top Group of Death after scoreless draw with England
The surprise sensation of the tournament, Costa Rica, assured themselves first place with 7 points of arguably the toughest group of the World Cup. The 0-0 draw against the already eliminated England rounded off an impressive group stage for the "Ticos" who already defeated two-time World Champions Uruguay and four-time World Cup winners Italy.
The Central Americans started off the match dominating their European opponents. They came in the more confident team since they have already won over the hearts of all neutral fans. England on the other hand, came in with their heads down as two straight losses have already sealed their boarding passes back to the U.K.
Despite elimination, England starters wanted to put in a good performance. Most of the starting eleven players are all young up-and-coming stars and want to start building their case for UEFA Euro 2016. And in Frank Lampard's case, a good showing in what is most likely his final appearance with the Three Lions badge.
Young Costa Rica sensation Joel Campbell had a go from 20 yards out with his left foot just two minutes into the game. The ball deflected off England defender Gary Cahill and had the possibility of sneaking into the top corner of the goal.
Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge came close to opening the score in the 12th minute when he controlled a pass just outside of the box, turned and shot. The ball went just wide of the goal defended by Keylor Navas.
Celso Borges responded with a a direct shot from a free kick that forced England goalkeeper Ben Foster into a spectacular diving save to keep the ball out of the top corner.
The match went to the break a scoreless draw, a result that would guarantee the Central Americans the top spot of group D regardless of the outcome in the other match that was being played at the same time.
For the second half it was the English side who came out more determined to find an opening goal. Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas had to risk injury and rush out and crash into Daniel Sturridge who was in on goal. The Liverpool man did leave his studs up as he went into the collision with the goalkeeper.
After the initial five minutes of pressure the game turned a bit violent and cut down. Barkley, Lallana, and Gonzalez all went into the referee's book in a span of seven minutes.
England continued to pressure but lost intensity as the minutes wore on. They brought on legendary midfielder Steven Gerrard for a possible last run with the National Team, as well as Wayne Rooney. Costa Rica were fine with the 0-0 draw and broke into attack on a few occasions, but were mostly concerned with keeping the 0-0 draw.
Costa Rica moves on and will play the runners up in Group C which is looking like it will be Ivory Coast or Greece.