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Italy V Costa Rica: 2014 World Cup Group D Match Preview And Live Streaming

Read a preview and watch a live stream of Italy vs Costa Rica.

Where: Arena Pernambuco, Recife.

When: Friday 20 June, 17.00 BST.

Watch live: Click here to watch on BBC Sport online!

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Italy face Costa Rica in their second game in Group D, and the Azzurri know that a win would secure their place in the knock-out stages.

Following on from Uruguay’s victory over England on Thursday night, Roy Hodgson’s men will need to beat Costa Rica next Tuesday and hope that Italy can win both of their remaining games if they are to have any chance of progressing.

A draw in this encounter will end their hopes, but Cesare Prandelli has his men focused ahead of what will undoubtedly be a tricky task against a talented side.

Joel Campbell leads the way for his team and they will be full of confidence after their 3-1 win over Uruguay, but this will likely be a much tougher test as the Azzurri have qualification in their sights.

Prandelli is expected to make changes in order to rotate his team and rest key players where possible, although they will undoubtedly be boosted by the return of Gianluigi Buffon.

The veteran leader was ruled out just hours ahead of the opening game with a sprained ankle, and while there were initial fears that he may miss a significant part of the tournament, he has made a recovery and has trained with the rest of the group this week.

Elsewhere, Daniele De Rossi has recovered from neck pain and will likely continue in midfield, but there are changes in the defensive line as Ignazio Abate is reportedly set to come in at right-back with the impressive Matteo Darmian switching to the left flank.

Naturally that will see a change in the central defensive partnership with Gabriel Paletta being dropped to move Giorgio Chiellini into his preferred central position, and he will likely be joined by Juventus team-mate Andrea Barzagli who appears to have shaken off his injury to start.

Nevertheless, the responsibility of scoring the goals to fire the Italians through will predominantly rest on the shoulders of Mario Balotelli, who insisted this week that he is focused on winning the World Cup for Italy, not for himself.

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