As the first match of the day gets underway, I, as always, will be using BBC Sport to copy any quotes that are put up by football commentators into this feed, and will also combine my own thoughts into this feed so that there is a much better understanding of the match as it unfolds.
Italy 0-1 Costa Rica
KICK OFF OF THE MATCH HAS BEGUN, LET’S HOPE THIS MATCH IS AT AN ALL TIME HIGH!!!
Former Blackburn Striker Jason Roberts: “A lot of people were surprised with Costa Rica‘s performance against Uruguay. Uruguay were without Luis Suarez, but we are going to see what Costa Rica are made of. They are going to have a real big test on their hands.”
Robbie Savage: “I think the counter attack will be the best opportunity for Costa Rica with the pace of Joel Campbell. In midfield they will find it hard with Pirlo and Marchisio keeping the ball. But on the break they may have a chance.”
Tom Rostance: “Costa Rica having plenty of the ball in the early stages, they’ve got a fluid style in midfield. Oscar Duarte then hauls down Claudio Marchisio and is lucky not to be booked. Great chance! Gigi Buffon is nowhere at a corner, flapping in mid air, and Costa Rica should score! Celso Borges wins the header but can’t keep it down.”
Robbie Savage: “Bryan Ruiz is causing a few problems for Daniele De Rossi, dropping in between the lines. Costa Rica have started very, very brightly.”
Jason Roberts: “Coach Jorge Pinto’s set Costa Rica up in exactly the right way, they have a game plan and they are dictating to Italy at the moment. That will be a concern for Prandelli.”
Tom Rostance: “Mario Balotelli is being asked to do a lonely job for Italy – he’s only had two touches so far as he prowls the line up front on his own. Give him a chance and he’ll take it…”
Twitter Debate: #bbcworldcup
Stephen Cross: To show my support tonight I’m going to have some spaghetti Bolognese for tea, come on ITALY.
Andy G: Here we are hoping Italy can do us a favour but if you can’t win your first two games you don’t deserve to go through.
Tom Rostance: “Gigi Buffon is not having a good start. At all. The veteran Italian goalkeeper flaps at another corner and is not looking at all convincing. Costa Rica are bullying Italy here. They want this…”
Jason Roberts: “Tactically Costa Rica have been the better side. But what surprises me is Andrea Pirlo, he is going into almost every position at the moment, and Italy cannot seem to get any flow to their game.”
Daily Mail football correspondent Ian Ladyman Tweets from Recife: “Lots of empty seats here and no wonder. Three and a half hours from town centre to stadium. Rather shambolic I’m afraid.”
Ben Smith: “Costa Rica are once again showing they do not care for reputations. They are a fearless bunch and they way they have started this match in Recife shows that England’s hopes of staying in this tournament are slim. Italy have been on the back foot from the off and goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon just looks a little rusty having missed Italy’s opener against England. Great noise inside Arena Pernambuco.”
Tom Rostance: “Mario Balotelli threatens to come to the party with a surging run right through the middle, but he is closed down. Seconds later the AC Milan man skins one man on the run but some brilliant defending from Giancarlo Gonzalez shuts him out.”
Robbie Savage: “Italy are laboured in the play but you can still see they have real quality. Costa Rica are pushing up nicely from the back, on the front foot and are just unsettling Italy.”
Tom Rostance: “Andrea Pirlo is almost looking flustered. Almost. He then plays a good ball in from the left to find Mario Balotelli, he knocks it down and Thiago Motta drags a shot wide from 25 yards. Costa Rica look very comfortable on the ball, pinging it round very nicely. Joel Campbell lines up a shot from 20 yards but tries a blind pass when the shot was on. Mario Balotelli then gets nibbled by a tackle in the centre and is not happy. It was a clean tackle and Mario is warming up. He could erupt at any time…Mario! What a pass from Andrea Pirlo, absolutely brilliant to whip it around the corner and free Mario Balotelli. He’s in, he lifts it over Costa Rica keeper Keylor Navas but he gets his trigonometry wrong and skews it wide. Big chance. Awesome pass. Mario Balotelli is up and running now. He is picked out by a flick-on from Thiago Motta, he’s marginally offside but is allowed to go on, before hammering in a first-timer which Keylor Navas gets behind. Goal on its way? It feels like it. Andrea Pirlo beats a man with another ‘over’ – just like he did against England before Costa Rica counter and Christian Bolanos tests Gigi Buffon with a low drive. Good game now in the scorching sun.”
Robbie Savage: “What a ball by Pirlo. He hasn’t even looked. Balotelli has no conviction. His first touch was a bit far away from him but he has to do better, the keeper comes rushing out, must score.”
Jason Roberts: “Andrea Pirlo is playing through-balls in from the left-back position, and looking to play incisive balls in behind this Costa Rica back five. I’m so impressed with his discipline, he wants to play in a certain position, but he will go where he needs to go to get the ball. He’s been at left-back, but then he’s gone up into the number 10 position.”