Corey Bennett @churchofsoccer

Corey Bennett is a writer/producer for Fusion, conjurer of hashtags, barrister in the American sense, and Right Hand of the @churchofsoccer. *straightens tie*

Los Ticos shock the Azzurri

The first big upset of the tournament. Italy came out flat and never turned it on. Costa Rica were the better team throughout. Here are the best GIFs.

 


foul

A yellow-card-worthy foul by Duarte that didn’t result in yellow.

 


close up

Pirlo…

 


foul1

Tejeda with a strong challenge on Balotelli.

 


attempt

Balotelli has a  chance.

 


goal

Moments after being denied a clear penalty, Diaz sends a cross to the back corner and Bryan Ruiz heads it off the underside of the crossbar and inches over the goal-line.

 


huddle

Ah yes, the circle. What would Robert Langdon say about this?

 


tackle

Balotelli wanted a penalty for this. Mario really over-sold it.

 

 


ball

A sniper–NOT AN ITALIAN– takes down a Tico. No foul.

 


celebrating

Los Ticos are a team of destiny. You say they can’t and they do. First Uruguay. Now Italy. This was improbable, but Costa Rica has been hands-down the best team in this group.

#BrazilLive

Best of the cup from social.

Share your experience of the cup using the #BRAZILLIVE hashtag!