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')

Team News: Gianluigi Buffon returns for Italy against Costa Rica

Gianluigi Buffon is restored to the Italy starting lineup for this evening's World Cup Group D match against Costa Rica.

Gianluigi Buffon has been restored to the Italy starting lineup for this evening's World Cup Group D match against Costa Rica.

The goalkeeper was ruled out of his side's 2-1 win against England after suffering from an ankle injury, but has recovered to take the place of Salvatore Sirigu.

Cesare Prandelli has made two other changes to his team, as Ignazio Abate replaces Gabriel Paletta in the back four while Thiago Motta comes in for Marco Verratti.

Meanwhile, Costa Rica have named the same starting XI that stunned Uruguay in their opening match.

It means that Joel Campbell keeps his place up front, with captain Bryan Ruiz supporting him in the attack.

Italy: Buffon, Abate, Barzagli, Chiellini, Darmian, De Rossi, Pirlo, Motta, Marchisio, Candreva, Balotelli

Italy pose for a team photo prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group D match between Italy and Costa Rica at Arena Pernambuco on June 20, 2014 © Getty Images

Costa Rica: Navas, Gonzalez, Umana, Borges, Duarte, Bolanos, Campbell, Ruiz, Diaz, Gamboa, Tejeda

Costa Rica players celebrate after Bryan Ruiz scored their team's first goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group D match against Italy on June, 20, 2014© Getty Images

New Ireland Manager Martin O'Neill looks on prior to the UEFA Champions League Group A match between Real Sociedad de Futbol and Manchester United at Estadio Anoeta on November 5, 2013
Read Next:
Live Commentary: Italy 0-0 Ireland - as it happened
>
You May Like
Recomended from Sports Mole

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City23202167175062
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd23155348163250
3Liverpool23138254282647
4Chelsea23145441162547
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs23135546212544
6Arsenal23116641301139
7Burnley239771920-134
8Leicester CityLeicester238783432231
9Everton2376102538-1327
10Watford2375113342-926
11West Ham UnitedWest Ham2367102941-1225
12Crystal Palace2367102133-1225
13Bournemouth2366112435-1124
14Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2366111939-2024
15Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2365122131-1023
16Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2358101729-1223
17Southampton2349102334-1121
18Stoke CityStoke2355132350-2720
19West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom23310101830-1219
20Swansea CitySwansea2345141435-2117
Login, I already have my ad-free pass
Log in with Facebook to customise Sports Mole
Buy ad-free access (show me the options)
Buy monthly ad-free access for £1.20/month
Buy yearly ad-free access for £12 (2 months free)
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
Settings - Logout - Manage your account