25 minutes in, and Italy win a free kick in a promising area, Yeltsin Tejeda needlessly fouling Claudio Marchisio.
Pirlo takes it short and Italy move it to the right, but Costa Rica are sharp - they're breaking everything down.
Pirlo floats a pass to Balotelli on the edge of the box, and the ball falls to Thiago Motta, who drags a 25-yarder wide of the goal. That's better from the Azzurri, though.
Italy had 89 touches in the attacking third of the field in the first half against England, just 11 so far against Costa Rica.
Timbo, both are equally likely!
Celso Borges looks nifty on the ball as he breaks from the back and plays various one-twos. That's a real weapon for Costa Rica.
Joel Campbell attempts to play in a teammate, but the pass is shut out.
Yeltsin Tejeda wins a great challenge with Mario Balotelli, who goes down clutching his left ankle. No foul, but Italy didn't like it.
Warpig's right - you can't realistically hope to win the World Cup if you lose twice in two games.
That was the chance! Pirlo with another majestic ball over the top of the defence, and Balotelli is through - but he attempts to lob a volley over Keylor Navas and can;t find the target.
Sean, he really is just too good.