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...

    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
    18 mins: Well, well well - France score a second straight after the restart!

    Ottmar Hitzfeld, the Switzerland head coach, will be furious with his side's defending as Karim Benzema is played behind only to slide the ball to Laise Matuidi who finishes well. Pandemonium in the stands. It went in just 13 seconds after the Swiss had got play under way again.

    A cool finish from the Paris Saint Germain man. Swiss hopes in tatters. 

    6/20/2014 7:23:10 PM
    23 mins: In one of the most ridiculous examples of shooting yourselves in the foot, Switzerland are just happy to keep the ball for a little while now. 

    Their first attempt at an attack since that incredible quick-fire double is easily cancelled out by a decent Moussa Sissoko interception. 
    6/20/2014 7:25:56 PM
    26 mins: Were you proud of us for resisting the temptation to make a cheese-with-holes joke about the Swiss defence by the way?!
    6/20/2014 7:27:23 PM
    28 mins: Chance for Switzerland to get back in it!


    The Swiss break out of nowhere courtesy of a powerful run through the middle by Haris Seferovic who glances the ball to his left and plays in Xherdan Shaqiri. His effort goes inches wide. Close!
    6/20/2014 7:31:43 PM
    PENALTY TO FRANCE! 
    6/20/2014 7:31:50 PM
    31 mins: Karim Benzema's penalty is saved!


    What a save from Diego Benaglio. He guesses correctly which way he needs to go and the ball glances back into the box. 

    Falling at Yohan Cabaye's feet, however, the former Newcastle United playmaker then rattles the woodwork. Unbelievable scenes! 
    6/20/2014 7:32:23 PM
    GOOOOAAALLLLL! Switzerland 0-3 France - Mathieu Valbuena.
    6/20/2014 7:40:49 PM
    72 mins: Oh dear, oh dear Switzerland. 

    Gokhan Inler, the Swiss captain, loses the ball and Karim Benzema punishes him ever-so-cruelly with a delicate ball to Moussa Sissoko who c

    The Newcastle United man only needs to slide it home and that is exactly what he does. The French are running riot here!

    6/20/2014 8:33:05 PM
    GOOOAAAALLL! Switzerland 1-5 France - Blerim Dzemaili with a stunner!
    6/20/2014 8:39:19 PM
    79 mins: It won't be much of a consolation to the Swiss contingent in the stands today but that was top drawer! 

    Blerim Dzemaili, from a free-kick which was at least 35-yards-out, benefits from a poor French wall and sends his bullet-like effort straight into the bottom corner. Game on? We wish unfortunately.

    6/20/2014 8:42:33 PM
    GOOOOAAAALLLLL! Switzerland 2-5 - Granit Xhaka!
    6/20/2014 8:45:27 PM
    86 mins: This is an absolute goal-fest in Salvador! 

    Granit Xhaka gets Switzerland's second of the day with a superb take-down from Gokhan Inler's forward ball and fires past Hugo Lloris first time! The Tottenham Hotspur shot-stopper had no chance with that one.
    6/20/2014 8:47:16 PM
    THREE MINUTES ADDED TIME.
    6/20/2014 8:49:43 PM
    FULL-TIME: Switzerland 2-5 France. 

    6/20/2014 8:51:39 PM
    Quite an incident occurs as the referee blows his whistle... The excellent Karim Benzema curls an absolute beauty into the Swiss net just four seconds after full-time is announced. What a goal that would have been. 

    The Real Madrid forward looks a tad perplexed. 
    6/20/2014 8:54:13 PM
    Jack Pitt-Brooke is on the ball with his analysis straight on full-time...

    Switzerland scored two excellent late goals, showing again the quality that has excited so many, but this performance was a marker put down by France that they are going to win their group and reach far into this tournament. 

    They were excellent for the first hour and even better when Paul Pogba, who could be the midfielder of the tournament, came on. Antoine Griezmann, a wonderful creative player, only played the final few minutes. If they can maintain their intensity, quality and focus over 90 minutes they will take some stopping.

    6/20/2014 8:54:51 PM
    30 mins: Honduras score their first World Cup goal since 1982!

    An awful mistake by Jorge Goagua on the middle of his own half allows the ball through to Carlo Costly who emphatically smashes it past Ecuador keeper Alexander Dominguez. Superb finish!

    Gutted that I've already made the Costly joke now.

    6/20/2014 10:33:57 PM
    GOOOOAAAALLLL! Honduras 1-1 ECUADOR - Enna Valencia!
    6/20/2014 10:34:27 PM
    33 mins: Jan Paredes swings his boot at a cross across goal and, via a deflection off Maynor Figueroa's knee, it falls to Enna Valencia who just has to stab it home. Easy as you like.

    Ecuador hit back immediately!

    6/20/2014 10:36:17 PM
    Don't worry Sepp, nobody thinks you look like an evil dictator.. 

    6/20/2014 10:47:11 PM
    DISALLOWED GOAL! Honduras.
    6/20/2014 10:47:49 PM
    45 mins: Carlo Costly heads the ball off the crossbar, almost single-handedly doubling Honduras' all-time World Cup goal tally, before Jerry Bengtson is adjudged to have handled the ball before knocking in the rebound. 

    Controversy ensues but replays suggest the referee got it spot on. The yellow card, at least to us, seems a tad harsh though. It was instinctive rather than premeditated.
    6/20/2014 10:50:55 PM
    HALF TIME: Honduras 1-1 Ecuador. 

    6/20/2014 10:52:20 PM




    6/20/2014 11:01:37 PM
    OFF WE GO! The second half gets under way!
    6/20/2014 11:04:29 PM
    Honduras players argue their case to referee Benjamin William after Jerry Bengtson's disallowed goal in the first half.

    6/20/2014 11:08:55 PM
    51 mins: Ecuador have started this half the better and continue to press but they can't forge a true goal scoring opportunity. Manchester United man Antonio Valencia is looking like a tricky customer on the right wing.
    6/20/2014 11:13:34 PM
    6/20/2014 11:20:31 PM
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