Buffon boost for Italy

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iol spt june20 Buffon Reuters Italy's veteran goalkeeper and captain Gianluigi Buffon returned to the side to play Costa Rica in Group D. Photo by: Brian Snyder/Reuters

Italy's veteran goalkeeper and captain Gianluigi Buffon returned to the side to play Costa Rica in Group D on Friday.

Buffon missed the 2-1 victory over England with an ankle injury. Coach Cesare Prandelli also brought in Ignazio Abate in place of Gabriel Paletta in defence and Paris Saint-Germain's Thiago Motta for club team-mate Marco Verratti in midfield.

Costa Rica coach Oscar Tabarez kept faith with the side that upset Uruguay 3-1 in their opening game.

Teams:

Italy

Gianluigi Buffon (capt); Matteo Darmian, Andrea Barzagli, Giorgio Chiellini, Ignazio Abate; Daniele De Rossi, Andrea Pirlo, Thiago Motta; Antonio Candreva, Claudio Marchisio; Mario Balotelli.

Coach: Cesare Prandelli (ITA)

Costa Rica

Keylor Navas; Christian Gamboa, Giancarlo Gonzalez, Michael Umana, Oscar Duarte, Junior Diaz; Celso Borges, Yeltsin Tejeda, Christian Bolanos; Bryan Ruiz (capt), Joel Campbell Coach: Oscar Tabarez (URU) – AFP


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