World Cup 2014 live: Day 9 from Brazil including reaction to England's exit after Costa Rica's 1-0 win over Italy plus France's 5-2 triumph over Switzerland and Ecuador's 2-1 victory over Honduras - Live coverage - The Independent

World Cup 2014 live: Day 9 from Brazil including reaction to England's exit after Costa Rica's 1-0 win over Italy plus France's 5-2 triumph over Switzerland and Ecuador's 2-1 victory over Honduras

Italy v Costa Rica, Switzerland v France and Honduras v Ecuador on Day 9! 
Welcome to The Independent's live coverage of day nine of the Fifa World Cup with Marc Williams and Samuel Stevens. We'll have all the reaction to England's exit after Italy failed to do Roy Hodgson's side a favour this afternoon by losing 1-0 to Costa Rica. After 
France's 5-2 demolition of Switzerland, Ecuador then defeated Honduras 2-1 in Curitiba...




    6/20/2014 4:23:23 PM
    22 min: Some joy for Italy at long last as Balotelli gets in down the right. It's a foot-race between him and Gonzalez but the AC Milan star brings down his opponent and the referee gives the free-kick. Seconds later, Balotelli nearly gets put through on goal again but this time it's offside. 

    This is not helping us here in Blighty much, is it? Forza Itali... oh shut up!
    6/20/2014 4:27:47 PM
    26 min: Chance for Italy. The first shot in anger from Italy so far today and it's Thiago Motta. Pirlo sends Balotelli free again and he pulls the ball back for the onrushing Motta. The PSG man miscues his effort and it goes well wide, half chance for a man of his quality. 
    6/20/2014 4:29:49 PM
    30 min: Chance for Italy. Half hour gone and Mario Balotelli has the best chance of the game so far. Pirlo with another magic ball to put Balotelli free. His first touch is a little heavy and he has to go wider then he would have liked. The AC Milan man jumps to try and chip Navas in goal but his effort bounces wide.  

    Just seconds later Balotelli has another chance but this time his drive is straight into Navas' arm. 
    6/20/2014 4:35:04 PM



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    6/20/2014 4:36:29 PM
    36 min: Chance for Costa Rica. The South Americans go close for the first time and it's Bolanos with it. The winger (who once had a trail with Charlton Athletic did you know?) cuts inside from the right and flashes an effort at goal. Buffon is down early to palm it wide.
    6/20/2014 4:39:18 PM
    38 min: Lots and lots of offsides creeping into the Italians' game and it is squandering any chances they're making. Pirlo has got his passing boots on today, as if he ever takes them off, but too many of his through-balls come to nothing because of the linesman's flag. 
    6/20/2014 4:41:31 PM
    42 min: Chance for Costa Rica. Bryan Ruiz is starting to get into this game, slowly but surely. The Fulham man floats in a lovely ball but Duarte's back-header goes over. 

    Straight from the next attack, Costa Rica fly froward through Joel Campbell. He dances his way into the box and is brought down by Chiellini. Penalty? Surely! But nothing from our Chilean ref.
    6/20/2014 4:45:41 PM
    GOAL!!! Italy 0 Costa Rica 1 Ruiz!!
    6/20/2014 4:45:56 PM
    45 min: Heartbreak for England but forget about that! Bryan Ruiz with the goal, I said he was getting into it! Junior Diaz plays in a lovely cross right onto the head of Fulham's Ruiz who leaps to put it home. A quick look at the goal line technology and it is in, 1-0 Costa Rica!
    6/20/2014 4:48:42 PM
    HALF TIME! Italy 0 Costa Rica 1!
    6/20/2014 4:48:59 PM
    Deadly from Costa Rica and, sorry England fans, they well deserve it from the first half!


    6/20/2014 4:50:25 PM
    HT: An absolute stone-wall penalty just before the goal here after a tackle on Joel Campbell and it could be much, much worse for the Italians. Italy aren't out of it, Balotelli had a couple of good chances in the first half. 
    6/20/2014 4:52:11 PM


    Fulham's Bryan Ruiz is the difference so far in this one!

    6/20/2014 4:53:30 PM



    6/20/2014 4:55:03 PM
    HT: After a slow start to this game, it came to life before halftime. Bryan Ruiz is the difference maker between the two sides. 

    Just to reiterate, if it stays like this, England are out.
    6/20/2014 4:57:08 PM
    Our man Glenn Moore sums up the action from the first half in Recife!

    Some Italian players were hallucinating towards the end of their match with England in Manaus and you have to wonder how much that night took out of both sides. Like England yesterday Italy look sluggish, and this match is being played in far hotter conditions than England’s. Costa Rica certainly look fresher, brighter and deserve their lead. They have been very positive, pressing high and getting men in the box.  

    Nevertheless, Pirlo had begun to start picking holes in the Costa Rican defence, and Balotelli should have put Italy ahead before the Central Americans scored. Ruiz’s goal, though, was deserved, not least because it was a stonewall penalty when Chiellini brought down Campbell. The odds on Costa Rica now losing to both Italy and England appear slim.


    6/20/2014 5:01:30 PM
    45 min: Cassano is coming on for Motta here so Cesare Prandelli obviously wasn't happy with that first half from his team. Cassano should bring more directness and attacking threat as Italy try to find a way back into this game. 

    Costa Rica get the action going again. 
    6/20/2014 5:05:25 PM
    72 min: Just not happening for Italy at the moment and Darmian, so good in the first game, passes the ball straight out of play. We were after a miracle from Italy here today and it doesn't look like it'll come. Still, there's time left!
    6/20/2014 5:32:49 PM
    74 min: Joel Campbell hasn't quite been as deadly as he was against Uruguay but he has worked his socks off here in Recife. He's done very well indeed in a lone striker role and he gets a well-deserved rest as Urena comes on for him. 
    6/20/2014 5:35:13 PM
     78 min: A lot of unhappy faces in this Italy team now, they look tired, frustrated and out of ideas. Costa Rica have been good here today and will top Group D it finishes this way, who'd have thought that at the beginning of the tournament. 
    6/20/2014 5:38:15 PM
    79 min: Fantastic work from Junior Diaz at left-back for Costa Rica. He blocks two or three cross from Abate in quick succession and even does an army-roll to boot! Great work from him. 
    6/20/2014 5:39:53 PM
    80 min: Our goal scorer, Bryan Ruiz, goes off to a resounding noise inside the Arena Pernambuco! The experienced Brenes is his replacement.
    6/20/2014 5:41:05 PM
    81 min: The first opening Italy have managed to forge for some time but it comes to nothing. The substitutes combine as Cerci sets up Insigne but the latter's volleyed effort goes miles into the stands. 
    6/20/2014 5:42:47 PM
    83 min: Chance for Costa Rica. Urena, fresh after just coming on, runs free and looks to be in on goal. A tired looking Chiellini does really well to get back and block his effort on goal. 
    6/20/2014 5:44:37 PM
    85 min: Costa Rica look so comfortable here and Brenes even has time to show off his tricks and skills down near Italy's corner flag. Into the last five minutes we go, and again Cerci is offside. This has just been quite ridiculous from Italy today, countless offsides, countless!
    6/20/2014 5:46:49 PM



    6/20/2014 5:47:43 PM
    Very true Dan, looks like we are out, once and for all.


    6/20/2014 5:48:37 PM
    88 min: Italy have a corner and a chance at getting something out of this game. Cerci whips it in but Cassano can't get enough of his boot on it. Into added time we go, four minutes of it. 
    6/20/2014 5:49:49 PM
    92 min: Chance for Costa Rica. Nothing from Italy in extra time at all and Costa Rica even manage a fine effort at goal from Brenes who tries to curl one into Buffon's top corner. They really, really deserve it today, Italy have offered nothing!
    6/20/2014 5:52:35 PM
    93 min: Into the last minute we go...
    6/20/2014 5:53:07 PM
    Bonjour mesdames et messieurs et bienvenue à la couverture de Independent de la France contre la Suisse!

    We would ordinarily apologise for our French but, of course, both of tonight's opponents share the same lingual tongue. The pre-match atmosphere is building...



    What it must feel like to still have your World Cup dreams alive, eh?
    6/20/2014 6:21:30 PM
    Twitter reacts to England's premature departure from this summer's World Cup...






    6/20/2014 6:43:11 PM
    6/20/2014 6:46:39 PM
    France in numbers

    The big man up top 

    Since the last World Cup (remember that French people? No, I don't blame you) Karim Benzema has been Les Bleus' leading goalscorer with 11 strikes.

    Franck Ribery, the Bayern Munich star, has atoned for the fiasco in South Africa with 9. He also attempted 107 dribbles, more than any other player, during the qualification stages.

    Blaise Matuidi, who starts tonight, also made an interception every 21 minutes. That's than any other player.

    The French have won all seventeen games in which Benzema has started up front while winning 15 of the last 45 games by more than two goals.
    6/20/2014 6:54:19 PM
    FIVE MINUTES TO GO!


    As the players come out and sing their national anthems, here's a quick reminder of tonight's starting line-ups...

    France: Hugo Lloris (c), Mathieu Debuchy, Patrice Evra, Raphael Varane, Mamadou Sakho, Yohan Cabaye, Mathieu Valbuena, Olivier Giroud, Karim Benzema, Blaise Matuidi, Moussa Sissoko. 

    Switzerland: Diego Benaglio, Stephen Lichtsteiner, Steve Von Bergen, Gokhan Inler (c), Haris Seferovic, Granit Xhaka, Valon Behrami, Ricardo Rodriguez, Admir Mehmedi, Johan Djourou, Xherdan Shaqiri.
    6/20/2014 6:56:18 PM
    The Independent readers: Roy should go!


    A bit of a shock, this one. 

    In our poll 55% of you think England manager Roy Hodgson should be sent packing after the Three Lions were eliminated from the World Cup after just two games.

    I guess, when we put it like that, it's not so much of a shock. Just 35% disagreed while 10% weren't sure.
    6/20/2014 6:59:37 PM
    HERE WE GO! Switzerland get proceedings under way in Salvador.


    6/20/2014 7:00:19 PM
    5 mins: First chance for France!

    Karim Benzema, already with two goals to his name this summer, tries his luck from distance but the Swiss keeper Diego Benaglio isn't troubled.

    It's been a slow opening start to this one. Perhaps that isn't surprising when you consider that the last three meetings between these sides have all been draws.
    6/20/2014 7:06:54 PM
    7 mins: Steve Von Bergen is replaced early on after a nasty looking eye-injury forces him off. Philippe Senderos, the much maligned centre-back who has just joined Aston Villa, comes on and immediately out-muscles Olivier Giroud.
    6/20/2014 7:12:23 PM

    13 mins: Much attention continues to land at Didier Deschamp's door after the former World Cup winning French captain tries to exorcise the ghost of 2010. 

    Having lead Monaco to the Champions League final and Marseille to the Ligue 1 title, he's got the experience to deal with though.

    Signing the national anthem with gusto and pride this evening, he definitely looks up for it.
    6/20/2014 7:16:08 PM
    GOOOOAAALLL! Switzerland 0-1 France - Olivier Giroud!
    6/20/2014 7:16:37 PM
    16 mins: Arsenal's top scorer has put the French in the lead! 

    A deep, lopping corner swings into the Switzerland box and Oliver Giroud is on hand to knock it in. The forward leapt like a salmon to reach than one past Diego Benaglio in the Swiss net. 

    6/20/2014 7:17:40 PM
    GOOOOAAALLLL! Switzerland 0-2 France - Blaise Matuidi!
    6/20/2014 7:18:27 PM
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