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A word from Glenn Moore! Enjoy!
One of the themes which is emerging from this tournament is the success of teams from the Americas. Teams from north, south and central America have played ten matches against teams from other continents and won eight. It does look as if they are far more comfortable in Brazil than teams from across the Atlantic and Pacific. I don’t think you can underestimate the effects of the climate. Italy looked exhausted, physically and mentally, from start to finish in this game and Costa Rica full of running. The Ticos victory was thoroughly deserved and not many will fancy England, in the heat of an early afternoon kick-off, defeating them on Tuesday. On the same basis Uruguay may well knock Italy out in steaming Natal.