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Jun 20, 2014 at 5pm UK at ​Arena Pernambuco, Recife
Italy
0-1
Costa Rica

Balotelli (69')
FT(HT: 0-1)
Ruiz (44')
Cubero (71')

Christian Bolanos: 'We can take advantage of conditions'

Costa Rica's Christian Bolanos believes that the tropical conditions in Recife could help his side against Italy on Saturday.

Costa Rica midfielder Christian Bolanos has insisted that his side will be better equipped to cope with the climate when they take on Italy in Recife on Friday evening.

Both teams won their opening Group D games against Uruguay and England respectively, with another win potentially putting either side into the next round.

While Bolanos is aware of the quality of player that Italy possess, he said that the potentially tropical conditions could act as a leveller.

"Italy have great players such as Mario Balotelli and Andrea Pirlo, who controls all of their play, and we have a lot of respect for them," Bolanos told Gulfnews.com.

"But we'll hope to benefit from the heavy climate. We are used to playing in those kinds of temperatures."

The game kicks off at 5pm on Friday.

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Oscar Duarte of Costa Rica celebrates after scoring his team's second goal past Fernando Muslera of Uruguay during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group D match between Uruguay and Costa Rica at Castelao on June 14, 2014
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