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Bryan Ruiz gives Costa Rica 1-0 lead over Italy at halftime

  • Italy's Mario Balotelli controls the ball during the group D World Cup soccer match between Italy and Costa Rica at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, Friday, June 20, 2014.  (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

    Italy's Mario Balotelli controls the ball during the group D World Cup soccer match between Italy and Costa Rica at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, Friday, June 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)  (The Associated Press)

  • Italy's Mario Balotelli reacts after missing a chance during the group D World Cup soccer match between Italy and Costa Rica at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, Friday, June 20, 2014.  (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

    Italy's Mario Balotelli reacts after missing a chance during the group D World Cup soccer match between Italy and Costa Rica at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, Friday, June 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)  (The Associated Press)

  • Italy's Mario Balotelli, left, and Costa Rica's Giancarlo Gonzalez head the ball during the group D World Cup soccer match between Italy and Costa Rica at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, Friday, June 20, 2014.  (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

    Italy's Mario Balotelli, left, and Costa Rica's Giancarlo Gonzalez head the ball during the group D World Cup soccer match between Italy and Costa Rica at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, Friday, June 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)  (The Associated Press)

Bryan Ruiz headed home just before the break to give Costa Rica a surprise 1-0 lead over Italy at halftime in their World Cup match on Friday.

Junior Diaz supplied the cross from the left in the 44th minute and Ruiz headed onto the underside of the crossbar and over the line to beat Italy goalkeeper and captain Gianluigi Buffon.

Moments earlier, Costa Rica had seen a penalty appeal waved away when striker Joel Campbell went down in the area under a challenge from Giorgio Chiellini.

Mario Balotelli had earlier missed two chances for Italy in the Group D match.