The easiest way for Costa Rica to advance to the round of 16 is to beat Italy today.

But, that may not be so easy.

Here are a few scenarios of today’s outcome:

1. Costa Rica beats Italy: Costa Rica advances

2. Costa Rica ties Italy: it needs to tie or win England to advance

3. Costa Rica loses to Italy and England: Costa Rica could still advance, but needs Italy to beat Uruguay.

Again, beating the Italians today is really the only way to assure itself a spot in the round of 16.


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