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The Azzurri took all three points and were quick to share their celebrations with the world as they took the first step in negotiating a way out of the tricky Group D, while there were words of admiration from fellow professionals for some of the boys in blue.
Italy and England's group rivals, Costa Rica, had earlier produced a huge shock as they dismantled a listless Uruguay side and the Central Americans were clearly still revelling in their surprise victory as they stopped and posed for team photos.
Elsewhere, it was a quiet evening for the other national teams, beautifully illustrated by Paris Saint-Germain's new man, David Luiz, who posted a video on Instagram of a few of the Brazil squad indulging in a spot of table tennis. It's a tough life, that footballing malarkey.
|LION TAMERS... Azzurri claim the points in Manaus
Andiamo!!!! Grande vittoria!!! Avanti così!!! #EngIta— Giorgio Chiellini (@chiellini) June 15, 2014
Pirlo is a real baller...— R.Lukaku Bolingoli (@RomeluLukaku9) June 14, 2014
|RICAnROLLA... The Central continue celebrations
Happy for the goal and the victory, but we still have two games ... we are on JC's # 9 pic.twitter.com/kV2nobRDeA— Joel Campbell (@joel_campbell12) June 14, 2014
Indescriptibles sensaciones... Vamos por más ... Por Costa Rica !! pic.twitter.com/5RYiTU8Ebr— Cristian Gamboa (@Cris_GamboaCR) June 14, 2014
|LAID-BACK HOSTS... Brazil stars chill with ping-pong