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At halftime: Stalemate central as Italy, Costa Rica are going through – FOLLOW LIVE

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It is safe to say both finales in Group D are slow-burners, as Italy vs. Uruguay and Costa Rica vs. England has yet to yield a goal.

The Italians are shutting up shop against Uruguay, while England are pinning Costa Rica back.

Here is an update on both games at half time, as it stands Costa Rica will win the group and Italy will go through as runners up on goal difference.

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Italy 0-0 Uruguay

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Goals: none

Other moments:

11th minute: Pirlo’s dipping free kick from distance is tipped over by Muslera

22nd minute: Balotelli booked for a clumsy high challenge, will miss the last 16 match if Italy make it

32nd minute: Suarez is played in but Buffon smothers his shot, then makes a double save from Lodeiro.

Questions for the second half:

Can Cavani and Suarez open up Italy’s defense? How will Uruguay get in behind Italy’s defense? Italy look dangerous on the counter-attack but will Balotelli lost the plot and get sent off?


Costa Rica 0-0 England

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Goals: None

Other moments: 

12th minute: Daniel Sturridge turns, then curls a superb effort just wide of the post.

17th minute; Sturridge again tries his luck from distance… this time his lob starts wide and stays wide.

22nd minute: Borges steps up and curls a great free kick towards the top corner but Foster tips it onto the crossbar.

35th minute: Sturridge heads over from close range, as England continue to push.

Questions for the second half:

England’s youngsters will continue to press but can they show more quality in the final third? Should Costa Rica go all-out attack for the win that will see them top the group?

Juan Carlos Osorio to become new Mexico boss

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Mexico looks to have found a new manager in Juan Carlos Osorio.

Osorio, who had stints managing in Major League Soccer with the Chicago Fire and New York Red Bulls, was most recently coaching in Brazil with Sao Paulo.

However, the Brazilian club released a statement today that Osorio had decided to step down from his position in order to take the Mexico job.

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Following Miguel Herrera’s firing in July, Ricardo Ferretti was named interim manager of El Tri, and will coach the side in Saturday’s CONCACAF playoff match against the United States. However, Ferretti has stated he will not stay with Mexico past that match, and will return to Liga MX, where he serves as manager of Tigres UANL.

Osorio had recently been linked with the Mexico job, but said he would take his time in making a decision.

His only other exposure to Mexican football came during a short stint in Liga MX managing Puebla. He lasted just seven matches before resigning and returning to manage in his native Colombia.

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He was in line to take charge of the Honduras national team in 2011, but he was unable to get out of the contract with the Colombian team he was managing at the time.

There has been no official confirmation of the hiring from the Mexican Federation.

Benzema and Benitez in a war of words at Real Madrid

MADRID, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 26: Head coach Rafael Benitez (R) of Real Madrid CF gives instructions to his player Karim Benzema (L) during the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and Malaga CF at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on September 26, 2015 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)
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Karim Benzema has scored six goals in his eight appearances for Real Madrid this season, and is currently the top scorer in La Liga.

Despite being in great form, Benzema has continuously been substituted by manager Rafa Benitez, which has upset the French striker.

Benzema opened the scoring for Real in the Madrid derby over the weekend, but was taken off in the 77th minute. Atletico would go on to score minutes later as the match ended in a 1-1 draw.

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Speaking after the game, Benzema said he was “fed up” with being taken off, but will continue to work to help his team.

Substitutions are what the coach decides, I’m just there to help my teammates.

It’s true I’m fed up of being taken off. I’m calm and will continue to work so I’m not always subtituted. He took me off to get a result, for defensive reasons.

It’s true that the electronic board always shows the No.9. Ask Benitez why that is.

When told about Benzema’s comments, Benitez said he made the change for tactical reasons, as Real was in the lead and he replaced the striker with a more defensive-minded player in midfielder Mateo Kovacic.

I needed to give the team some balance at that point in the game. I’m a huge fan of Benzema. If I were Karim, I’d also be angry at being taken off when I thought I was playing well and was on a great run of form.

What I’d do if I were Karim is score more goals so that next time I don’t have to be taken off and can say, ‘Hey, here I am.’

Benitez’s response comes off as a backhanded compliment, asking Benzema to “score more goals,” despite the player leading La Liga in scoring. In fact, Benzema has averaged a goal every 84 minutes this season, an incredible strike rate.

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Over the summer, Benzema was linked with a move away from Real Madrid, but he constantly denied the rumors and said he never thought about leaving the club, which he called the best in the world. Just a few matches into the new season, there may be some trouble in paradise.