Costa Rica produced their second stunning upset in a week to beat a poor Italy side and confirm England’s exit from the 2014 World Cup.
The Central Americans fully warranted their win at Arena Pernambuco, which was sealed by a Bryan Ruiz header shortly before half-time.
The Fulham striker’s effort hit the crossbar and bounced over the line, with goalline technology confirming the decision.
The result proved Costa Rica’s victory over Uruguay in Fortaleza had been no fluke, and they might have won more comfortably had they been awarded a penalty when Arsenal striker Joel Campbell was clearly fouled in the area.
Italy were a shadow of the side that beat England in Manaus, and drop into second place in Group D, behind Costa Rica. Uruguay are third on goal difference.
The result confirmed what England had feared after Thursday’s 2-1 defeat by Uruguay in Sao Paulo, and means Roy Hodgson’s side will be eliminated whatever the result against Costa Rica in Belo Horizonte on Tuesday.
Italy face Uruguay in Natal at the same time.
History was not on England’s side going into this contest. Italy had failed to win their second group match at any of the previous three World Cups.
One man who had been present on all three occasions was goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon. Having missed Italy’s opening game against England, the Juventus captain was passed fit to play in his fourth World Cup, becoming only the fifth Italian to do so.
On his return, there were signs of rust as Costa Rica controlled much of the first half.