UPDATE: Whether or not the heat was an issue for Italy, Costa Rica got the best of them, winning 1-0. With their win, Costa Rica not only advances to the Round of 16, but knocks England out of the World Cup.
It seems pretty obvious that the biggest challenge Italy will face in their match against Costa Rica will be…well, Costa Rica.
But not according to Italian coach Cesare Prandelli, the biggest challenge for his team may be the steamy Brazilian heat. He told the Associated Press that he’s “certain his players will suffer” from the conditions.
Midfielder Daniele de Rossi is also worried about the weather: “Last year we played Japan in Recife at 9 p.m. and we were dying. [Costa Rica are] more accustomed to this climate but I think both squads would accept time outs.”
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