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Costa Rica wins group after recording 0-0 draw against England

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June 24, 2014: Costa Rica's Celso Borges, right, controls the ball past England's Jack Wilshere during the group D World Cup soccer match between Costa Rica and England at the Mineirao Stadium in 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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