2014 FIFA World Cup Group D consisted of Uruguay, Costa Rica, England and Italy. This was the only group to contain more than one previous winner of the World Cup, with only Costa Rica not having won a previous tournament. It was also the only group with three top 10 FIFA World Ranking teams as of October 2013 (ranking date for final draw) and at the start of the competition. Play began on 14 June and ended on 24 June 2014.

Costa Rica topped the group undefeated, despite being considered underdogs and expected to finish last in a group containing three former winners of the competition. Two of them, England and Italy, were eliminated, while the third, Uruguay, advanced in second place.

Teams

Draw position Team Confederation Method of
qualification
Date of
qualification
Finals
appearance
Last
appearance
Previous best
performance
FIFA Rankings
October 2013[nb 1] June 2014 August 2014 October 2019
D1 (seed)  Uruguay CONMEBOL CONMEBOLAFC vs CONMEBOL play-off winners 20 November 2013 12th 2010 Winners (1930, 1950) 6 7 6 5
D2  Costa Rica CONCACAF CONCACAF Fourth Round 2nd runners-up 10 September 2013 4th 2006 Round of 16 (1990) 31 28 15 47
D3  England UEFA UEFA Group H winners 15 October 2013 14th 2010 Winners (1966) 10 10 20 4
D4  Italy UEFA UEFA Group B winners 10 September 2013 18th 2010 Winners (1934, 1938, 1982, 2006) 9 9 14 15
Notes
  1. ^ The rankings of October 2013 were used for seeding for the final draw.

Standings

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Costa Rica 3 2 1 0 4 1 +3 7 Advance to knockout stage
2  Uruguay 3 2 0 1 4 4 0 6
3  Italy 3 1 0 2 2 3 −1 3
4  England 3 0 1 2 2 4 −2 1
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Tie-breaking criteria

Matches

Uruguay vs Costa Rica

Instant before Marco Ureña's goal
Instant before Marco Ureña's goal

The two teams had met in 10 previous matches, most recently in 2009 in the CONCACAF – CONMEBOL play-off, won by Uruguay 2–1 on aggregate to qualify for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.[1]

Uruguay led the game 1–0 at half time, through an Edinson Cavani penalty after Diego Lugano was pulled down in the box by Júnior Díaz. Keylor Navas prevented Uruguay's lead from doubling by tipping over Diego Forlán's shot. In the second half, Joel Campbell equalised with a low shot to the right corner when the ball fell to him in the box after a deep cross from Cristian Gamboa on the right. Soon afterwards, Costa Rica went into the lead when Óscar Duarte scored with a low diving header to the right corner after a free kick from Christian Bolaños.[2] A pass from Campbell allowed substitute Marco Ureña to make it 3–1 with a low shot from a tight angle on the right, and in injury time Maxi Pereira was given a straight red card for a kick at Campbell.[3]

It was the first time Costa Rica scored three goals in a World Cup match,[4] and also the first time that Uruguay lost to a non-South American or non-European country in the World Cup.[citation needed]

Uruguay 1–3 Costa Rica
  • Cavani 24' (pen.)
Report
Estádio Castelão, Fortaleza
Attendance: 58,679
Referee: Felix Brych (Germany)[5]
Uruguay
Costa Rica
GK 1 Fernando Muslera
RB 16 Maxi Pereira Red card 90+4'
CB 2 Diego Lugano (c) Yellow card 50'
CB 3 Diego Godín
LB 22 Martín Cáceres Yellow card 81'
RM 11 Christian Stuani
CM 17 Egidio Arévalo
CM 5 Walter Gargano Yellow card 56' downward-facing red arrow 60'
LM 7 Cristian Rodríguez downward-facing red arrow 76'
CF 10 Diego Forlán downward-facing red arrow 60'
CF 21 Edinson Cavani
Substitutions:
MF 14 Nicolás Lodeiro upward-facing green arrow 60'
MF 20 Álvaro González upward-facing green arrow 60'
FW 8 Abel Hernández upward-facing green arrow 76'
Manager:
Óscar Tabárez
GK 1 Keylor Navas
CB 6 Óscar Duarte
CB 3 Giancarlo González
CB 4 Michael Umaña
RWB 16 Cristian Gamboa
LWB 15 Júnior Díaz
CM 5 Celso Borges
CM 17 Yeltsin Tejeda downward-facing red arrow 75'
AM 10 Bryan Ruiz (c) downward-facing red arrow 83'
AM 7 Christian Bolaños downward-facing red arrow 89'
CF 9 Joel Campbell
Substitutions:
MF 22 José Miguel Cubero upward-facing green arrow 75'
FW 21 Marco Ureña upward-facing green arrow 83'
MF 11 Michael Barrantes upward-facing green arrow 89'
Manager:
Colombia Jorge Luis Pinto

Man of the Match:
Joel Campbell (Costa Rica)

Assistant referees:
Mark Borsch (Germany)
Stefan Lupp (Germany)
Fourth official:
Víctor Hugo Carrillo (Peru)
Fifth official:
Rodney Aquino (Paraguay)

England vs Italy

The two teams had met in 24 previous matches, including in the 1990 FIFA World Cup third place match, won by Italy 2–1.[6] Their most recent competitive meeting was in the UEFA Euro 2012 quarter-finals, won by Italy on penalties after a scoreless draw.

Italy went ahead first, when from a short corner, Andrea Pirlo dummied Marco Verratti's pass, and Claudio Marchisio scored with a low right footed shot from outside the penalty box.[7] England quickly equalised through a close-range Daniel Sturridge goal from a Wayne Rooney cross from the left. The scores were level at 1–1 at half time, but Mario Balotelli headed Italy's winner from close range five minutes after play resumed from a cross by Antonio Candreva on the right.[8]

The England physiotherapist Gary Lewin was stretchered off with a dislocated ankle suffered in the celebrations for England's goal, which ruled him out for the rest of the World Cup.[9]

England 1–2 Italy
Report
England
Italy
GK 1 Joe Hart
RB 2 Glen Johnson
CB 5 Gary Cahill
CB 6 Phil Jagielka
LB 3 Leighton Baines
CM 4 Steven Gerrard (c)
CM 14 Jordan Henderson downward-facing red arrow 73'
RW 11 Danny Welbeck downward-facing red arrow 61'
AM 19 Raheem Sterling Yellow card 90+2'
LW 10 Wayne Rooney
CF 9 Daniel Sturridge downward-facing red arrow 80'
Substitutions:
MF 21 Ross Barkley upward-facing green arrow 61'
MF 7 Jack Wilshere upward-facing green arrow 73'
MF 20 Adam Lallana upward-facing green arrow 80'
Manager:
Roy Hodgson
GK 12 Salvatore Sirigu
RB 4 Matteo Darmian
CB 15 Andrea Barzagli
CB 20 Gabriel Paletta
LB 3 Giorgio Chiellini
RM 8 Claudio Marchisio
CM 16 Daniele De Rossi
LM 23 Marco Verratti downward-facing red arrow 57'
AM 21 Andrea Pirlo (c)
SS 6 Antonio Candreva downward-facing red arrow 79'
CF 9 Mario Balotelli downward-facing red arrow 73'
Substitutions:
MF 5 Thiago Motta upward-facing green arrow 57'
FW 17 Ciro Immobile upward-facing green arrow 73'
MF 18 Marco Parolo upward-facing green arrow 79'
Manager:
Cesare Prandelli

Man of the Match:
Mario Balotelli (Italy)

Assistant referees:
Sander van Roekel (Netherlands)
Erwin Zeinstra (Netherlands)
Fourth official:
Walter López (Guatemala)
Fifth official:
Leonel Leal (Costa Rica)

Uruguay vs England

Suárez celebrating one of his goals
Suárez celebrating one of his goals

The two teams had met in ten previous matches, including twice in the FIFA World Cup (1954, quarter-finals: Uruguay 4–2 England; 1966, group stage: Uruguay 0–0 England).[10] Uruguay defender Maxi Pereira was suspended for the match, after being sent off in the team's match against Costa Rica.[11]

Uruguay took the lead in the first half, the goal headed in by Luis Suárez from a cross by Edinson Cavani on the left.[12] England equalised in the second half, when Wayne Rooney scored his first World Cup goal with a tap-in from a cross by Glen Johnson from the right. Suárez later secured Uruguay's victory, receiving the ball from goalkeeper Fernando Muslera's clearance which flicked off Steven Gerrard, and shot home his second goal of the match powerfully with his right foot.[13]

This was the first time that England lost three World Cup matches in a row, dating back to England's loss to Germany in the 2010 World Cup round of 16.

Uruguay 2–1 England
Report
Uruguay
England
GK 1 Fernando Muslera
RB 22 Martín Cáceres
CB 13 José Giménez
CB 3 Diego Godín (c) Yellow card 9'
LB 6 Álvaro Pereira
CM 20 Álvaro González downward-facing red arrow 79'
CM 17 Egidio Arévalo
CM 7 Cristian Rodríguez
AM 14 Nicolás Lodeiro downward-facing red arrow 67'
CF 9 Luis Suárez downward-facing red arrow 88'
CF 21 Edinson Cavani
Substitutions:
FW 11 Christian Stuani upward-facing green arrow 67'
DF 4 Jorge Fucile upward-facing green arrow 79'
DF 19 Sebastián Coates upward-facing green arrow 88'
Manager:
Óscar Tabárez
GK 1 Joe Hart
RB 2 Glen Johnson
CB 5 Gary Cahill
CB 6 Phil Jagielka
LB 3 Leighton Baines
CM 4 Steven Gerrard (c) Yellow card 68'
CM 14 Jordan Henderson downward-facing red arrow 87'
RW 19 Raheem Sterling downward-facing red arrow 64'
AM 10 Wayne Rooney
LW 11 Danny Welbeck downward-facing red arrow 71'
CF 9 Daniel Sturridge
Substitutions:
MF 21 Ross Barkley upward-facing green arrow 64'
MF 20 Adam Lallana upward-facing green arrow 71'
FW 18 Rickie Lambert upward-facing green arrow 87'
Manager:
Roy Hodgson

Man of the Match:
Luis Suárez (Uruguay)

Assistant referees:
Roberto Alonso (Spain)
Juan Carlos Yuste (Spain)
Fourth official:
Alireza Faghani (Iran)
Fifth official:
Hassan Kamranifar (Iran)

Italy vs Costa Rica

Further information: List of 2014 FIFA World Cup controversies § Italy vs Costa Rica

The two teams had met in one previous match, in a friendly in 1994.[14]

Mario Balotelli had Italy's best chance in the first half, lobbing the ball wide from inside the penalty area. Late in the first half, Joel Campbell had a clear penalty appeal denied, but Costa Rica nevertheless took the lead within a minute, as Júnior Díaz crossed from the left for Bryan Ruiz to head the ball onto the crossbar and over the line from close range.[15] Costa Rica was able to hold on for the win in the second half, ensuring their qualification for the knockout stage, their first since 1990, while simultaneously ensuring England's group stage exit, their first since 1958.[16]

Costa Rica became the second country to beat two World Cup champions in the group stage of one tournament, the other being Denmark, who had done it twice in 1986 (Uruguay and West Germany) and 2002 (Uruguay and France). Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon appeared in his fourth World Cup (he was also in the squad for the 1998 FIFA World Cup, but did not appear in any match), the fifth Italian player to do so.[17]

Coincidentally, Costa Rica's qualification to the Round of 16 occurred exactly twenty-four years after their victory against Sweden at the 1990 FIFA World Cup, which also sealed their first-ever qualification to the Round of 16. Because of this, La Nación's Rodrigo Calvo called June 20th "a blessed date" for the Costa Rican team.[18]

Italy 0–1 Costa Rica
Report
Italy
Costa Rica
GK 1 Gianluigi Buffon (c)
RB 4 Matteo Darmian
CB 15 Andrea Barzagli
CB 3 Giorgio Chiellini
LB 7 Ignazio Abate
DM 16 Daniele De Rossi
CM 21 Andrea Pirlo
CM 5 Thiago Motta downward-facing red arrow 46'
RW 6 Antonio Candreva downward-facing red arrow 57'
LW 8 Claudio Marchisio downward-facing red arrow 69'
CF 9 Mario Balotelli Yellow card 69'
Substitutions:
FW 10 Antonio Cassano upward-facing green arrow 46'
FW 22 Lorenzo Insigne upward-facing green arrow 57'
FW 11 Alessio Cerci upward-facing green arrow 69'
Manager:
Cesare Prandelli
GK 1 Keylor Navas
SW 3 Giancarlo González
RB 16 Cristian Gamboa
CB 6 Óscar Duarte
CB 4 Michael Umaña
LB 15 Júnior Díaz
CM 5 Celso Borges
CM 17 Yeltsin Tejeda downward-facing red arrow 68'
RW 10 Bryan Ruiz (c) downward-facing red arrow 81'
LW 7 Christian Bolaños
CF 9 Joel Campbell downward-facing red arrow 74'
Substitutions:
MF 22 José Miguel Cubero Yellow card 71' upward-facing green arrow 68'
FW 21 Marco Ureña upward-facing green arrow 74'
FW 14 Randall Brenes upward-facing green arrow 81'
Manager:
Colombia Jorge Luis Pinto

Man of the Match:
Bryan Ruiz (Costa Rica)

Assistant referees:
Carlos Astroza (Chile)
Sergio Román (Chile)
Fourth official:
Néant Alioum (Cameroon)
Fifth official:
Djibril Camara (Senegal)

Italy vs Uruguay

The Uruguayan goalkeepers (L–R) Fernando Muslera, Rodrigo Muñoz, and Martín Silva celebrating after the match
The Uruguayan goalkeepers (L–R) Fernando Muslera, Rodrigo Muñoz, and Martín Silva celebrating after the match

Further information: List of 2014 FIFA World Cup controversies § Uruguay vs Italy

The two teams had met in eight previous matches, including twice in the FIFA World Cup (1970, group stage: Italy 0–0 Uruguay; 1990, round of 16: Italy 2–0 Uruguay). Their most recent meeting was in the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup third place match, won by Italy 3–2 on penalties (2–2 draw after extra time).[19]

After a goalless first half, Italy were reduced to 10 men in the second half when Claudio Marchisio was sent off for a studs-up challenge on Egidio Arévalo. The only goal of the game came when Uruguay's Gastón Ramírez delivered a corner from the right which Diego Godín rose to head with the ball going in off his back.[20] Uruguay's win qualified them for the knockout stage as the group runners-up, and eliminated Italy from the tournament; this marked the second consecutive time that Italy had been eliminated at the group stage.[21][22][23]

Suárez bite

Around the 79th minute, Uruguay forward Luis Suárez bit the left shoulder of Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini. Chiellini showed the bite marks to Mexican referee Marco Rodríguez, who missed the incident. As the Italian players protested to the referee for not penalising Suárez, Uruguay won a corner and Godín scored.[23][21][22] In the 84th minute, a member of the Italian coaching staff was dismissed from the bench by the referee after an altercation with his Uruguayan counterparts.[24] After the biting incident, Suárez claimed that he "had contact with [Chiellini's] shoulder, nothing more" and that "these things happen".[21][22][23]

On the same day of the match, FIFA opened disciplinary proceedings against Suárez regarding the biting incident.[25] During the proceedings, FIFA confirmed that Suárez's previous two bans due to biting incidents (seven games for biting Otman Bakkal while playing for Ajax and 10 games for biting Branislav Ivanović while playing for Liverpool) would be taken into account.[26] Two days after the match, the FIFA Disciplinary Committee banned Suárez for nine international matches, effective immediately, meaning he would take no further part in the World Cup. It was the longest such ban in World Cup history, exceeding the eight-match ban handed to Italy's Mauro Tassotti for breaking the nose of Spain's Luis Enrique at the 1994 FIFA World Cup.[27][28][29] He was also banned from taking part in any football-related activity (including entering any stadium) for four months and fined CHF100,000 (approx. £65,700/82,000/US$119,000).[30][27][28] The verdict would not prevent Suárez from transferring to another club.[31] Suárez later admitted that he had bitten Chiellini and formally apologised, while writing that the "physical result of a bite" occurred in a collision with Chiellini.[32][33] On 3 July, the Uruguayan Football Association (AUF) appealed against the decision to FIFA,[34][35] but it was rejected on 10 July.[36][37][38] After an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, Suárez was later allowed to participate in training and friendly matches with new club Barcelona.[39]

Italy 0–1 Uruguay
Report
Arena das Dunas, Natal
Attendance: 39,706
Referee: Marco Rodríguez (Mexico)
Italy
Uruguay
GK 1 Gianluigi Buffon (c)
CB 15 Andrea Barzagli
CB 19 Leonardo Bonucci
CB 3 Giorgio Chiellini
RM 4 Matteo Darmian
CM 23 Marco Verratti downward-facing red arrow 75'
CM 8 Claudio Marchisio Red card 59'
LM 2 Mattia De Sciglio Yellow card 77'
AM 21 Andrea Pirlo
SS 17 Ciro Immobile downward-facing red arrow 71'
CF 9 Mario Balotelli Yellow card 22' downward-facing red arrow 46'
Substitutions:
MF 18 Marco Parolo upward-facing green arrow 46'
FW 10 Antonio Cassano upward-facing green arrow 71'
MF 5 Thiago Motta upward-facing green arrow 75'
Manager:
Cesare Prandelli
GK 1 Fernando Muslera Yellow card 90+1'
RB 22 Martín Cáceres
CB 13 José Giménez
CB 3 Diego Godín (c)
LB 6 Álvaro Pereira downward-facing red arrow 63'
RM 20 Álvaro González
CM 17 Egidio Arévalo Yellow card 46'
LM 7 Cristian Rodríguez downward-facing red arrow 78'
AM 14 Nicolás Lodeiro downward-facing red arrow 46'
CF 9 Luis Suárez
CF 21 Edinson Cavani
Substitutions:
DF 16 Maxi Pereira upward-facing green arrow 46'
FW 11 Christian Stuani upward-facing green arrow 63'
MF 18 Gastón Ramírez upward-facing green arrow 78'
Manager:
Óscar Tabárez

Man of the Match:
Gianluigi Buffon (Italy)

Assistant referees:
Marvin Torrentera (Mexico)
Marcos Quintero (Mexico)
Fourth official:
Mark Geiger (United States)
Fifth official:
Mark Hurd (United States)

Costa Rica vs England

Take of a corner kick for England during the match
Take of a corner kick for England during the match

The two teams had never met before.[40]

As England could no longer advance to the knockout stage, their manager Roy Hodgson made nine changes to the starting line-up with Frank Lampard captaining the side. The match finished goalless, and the draw was enough to confirm Costa Rica, which had already sealed their place in the knockout stage, as the group winners with seven points after three matches.[41]

This was England's 11th goalless draw in World Cup history, more than any other team.[42][43]

Costa Rica 0–0 England
Report
Costa Rica
England
GK 1 Keylor Navas
SW 3 Giancarlo González Yellow card 60'
CB 6 Óscar Duarte
CB 19 Roy Miller
RWB 16 Cristian Gamboa
LWB 15 Júnior Díaz
DM 5 Celso Borges downward-facing red arrow 78'
CM 10 Bryan Ruiz (c)
CM 17 Yeltsin Tejeda
SS 14 Randall Brenes downward-facing red arrow 59'
CF 9 Joel Campbell downward-facing red arrow 65'
Substitutions:
MF 7 Christian Bolaños upward-facing green arrow 59'
FW 21 Marco Ureña upward-facing green arrow 65'
MF 11 Michael Barrantes upward-facing green arrow 78'
Manager:
Colombia Jorge Luis Pinto
GK 13 Ben Foster
RB 16 Phil Jones
CB 5 Gary Cahill
CB 12 Chris Smalling
LB 23 Luke Shaw
CM 8 Frank Lampard (c)
CM 7 Jack Wilshere downward-facing red arrow 73'
RW 17 James Milner downward-facing red arrow 76'
AM 21 Ross Barkley Yellow card 53'
LW 20 Adam Lallana Yellow card 57' downward-facing red arrow 62'
CF 9 Daniel Sturridge
Substitutions:
MF 19 Raheem Sterling upward-facing green arrow 62'
MF 4 Steven Gerrard upward-facing green arrow 73'
FW 10 Wayne Rooney upward-facing green arrow 76'
Manager:
Roy Hodgson

Man of the Match:
Keylor Navas (Costa Rica)

Assistant referees:
Rédouane Achik (Morocco)
Abdelhak Etchiali (Algeria)
Fourth official:
Alireza Faghani (Iran)
Fifth official:
Hassan Kamranifar (Iran)

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