• This is Italy and Costa Rica's first World Cup encounter.
  • Their only previous meeting was in a friendly on 11 June 1994 at New Haven in the United States before that year's World Cup. Italy won 1-0 thanks to a goal by Giuseppe Signori.
  • Costa Rica have scored in each of their six World Cup games against teams from the UEFA confederation.
  • Italy's pass completion of 93% vs England is the highest rate ever recorded in a World Cup game (1966-2014).
  • Italy have scored in their last 15 World Cup games, a record run for them and the best current run of any side.
  • Andrea Pirlo made 108 passes in Italy's first game but 59 of them were in his own half.
  • Other than Mexico and the USA, no CONCACAF team has ever won consecutive games at the World Cup.
  • Italy have not won their second game at a World Cup in any of the last three editions. (D2 L1).
  • If England and Uruguay draw then a win for either side will see them through to the Round of 16.