Costa Rica tops group after 0-0 draw with England

England's Ross Barkley, right, is fouled by Costa Rica's Giancarlo Gonzalez during the group D World Cup
England's Ross Barkley, right, is fouled by Costa Rica's Giancarlo Gonzalez during the group D World Cup soccer match between Costa Rica and England at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Tuesday, June 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil (AP) — Costa Rica has finished first in what many considered the World Cup’s toughest group after a dour 0-0 draw against a second-string England side Tuesday.

Costa Rica only needed a draw to top Group D and it played that way, setting up in a defensive 5-3-2 formation.

England had already been eliminated and will go home without a win after striker Daniel Sturridge missed a number of chances throughout the match.

Sturridge’s best chance in the second half came in the 65th after a nice one-two with Jack Wilshere. But the forward’s curling shot from the right just missed squeezing inside the far post.

Costa Rica will play the runner-up in Group C in the second round. England lost its first two matches to Italy and Uruguay.

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