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 don't want Andrea Pirlo, Mario Balotelli autographs'

Bolanos: 'We don't want Pirlo, Balotelli autographs'
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Costa Rica midfielder Christian Bolanos says that his teammates will be focused on beating the stars of the Italy national team.

Christian Bolanos has said that his Costa Rica teammates will not be star-struck when facing Italy in the World Cup on Friday.

The likes of Andrea Pirlo and Mario Balotelli are poised to be on show in Recife tomorrow, but Bolanas says that the only item on the agenda is beating their Group D rivals.

"Italy have really good players like Giorgio Chiellini and Mario Balotelli, but it is a football match," he told reporters.

"We have to be captains on the pitch. We can't be preoccupied with Andrea Pirlo. If we talk about every man we wouldn't stop talking. They have many good players and we respect them, but we have to make life complicated for them as we did to Uruguay."

Tomorrow's clash kicks off at 8pm.

Costa Rica players line up for a photo before a Group D football match between Uruguay and Costa Rica at the Castelao Stadium in Fortaleza during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 14, 2014
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