England vs Costa Rica World Cup 2014: Fans flock in to back 'fearless' Los Ticos' adventure

Costa Rica have stunned their opponents and delighted fans

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Pubs and clubs all over England are sending out apologetic notices as they cancel plans to show England’s final group match against Costa Rica. Were the same to happen in Belo Horizonte, the riot police might have a job on their hands.

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Costa Rica, in Central America, is not a million miles from southern Brazil, and with the country already guaranteed to make the knockout stages, regardless of what happens against England, more and more fans are arriving.

“We were always coming for the England match,” said 44-year-old Luis Alvaro, watching yesterday’s matches with his wife, Maria. “She said, ‘What’s the point? We will already be out.’ I thought maybe we could do it.

“Everyone was thinking we have no chance. But we have many good players, and the manager, he is excellent.”

Los Ticos do have talented players, not least Arsenal striker Joel Campbell.

Depending on results in both Group D matches, their next match will be either back in northern Recife, where they beat Italy last weekend, or to Rio’s Maracana, arguably the world’s most fabled football arena. “Wherever the team goes, we are going,” added Maria.

 

As they have received plaudits from all corners of the world for their deserved wins over Uruguay and Italy, “fearlessness” has been the most often repeated word, when describing the way in which caoch Jorges Luis Pinto has compelled his side to play. It is a mood that has supplanted itself in the fans too.

“England don’t want to lose the match,” said Jose Feran, 22, “but neither do we.”

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