Jun 24, 2014 at 5pm UK at ​Estadio Mineirao, Belo Horizonte
Costa Rica

Gonzalez (59')

Barkley (52'), Lallana (59')

Half-Time Report: England goalless with Costa Rica

England and Costa Rica play out a goalless first half in their World Cup encounter in Belo Horizonte.

England and Costa Rica have played out a goalless first half in their World Cup encounter in Belo Horizonte.

Costa Rica almost opened the scoring with just two minutes played, but Joel Campbell's instinctive effort from the edge of the box floated narrowly wide of the post.

England were up the other end soon after as Daniel Sturridge fired just wide before the striker shot off target again with a speculative drive from distance.

 Luke Shaw of England is challenged by Bryan Ruiz of Costa Rica during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group D match between Costa Rica and England at Estadio Mineirao on June 24, 2014© Getty Images

Both teams continued to battle for possession during a hard-fought opening 45 minutes, and Costa Rica were inches away from taking the lead midway through the half when Celso Borges's free kick was tipped over by Ben Foster.

England, who looked far from a team with nothing to play for, were appealing for a penalty with around 30 minutes on the clock as Sturridge was dragged down in the box, but the referee waved away their vociferous appeals.

Roy Hodgson's side posed even more of an attacking threat as the half wore on, with Sturridge heading over from a corner and Ross Barkley slicing wide, though they failed to make the breakthrough.

England players pose ahead of the Group D football match between Costa Rica and England at The Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte on June 24, 2014
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