No need to panic, insists Prandelli

The Italy coch admitted his side were second-best against Costa Rica but tried to remain upbeat about their hopes of making the knockout stages
Italy coach Cesare Prandelli insisted there was "no need to panic" despite his side’s chances of World Cup progression taking a severe hit following a 1-0 defeat to Costa Rica on Friday.

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A victory in Recife would have put the Azzurri in a strong position in Group D but instead it was Los Ticos who advanced into the round of 16 thanks to Bryan Ruiz’s first-half header.

Italy will join them if they can avoid defeat to Uruguay on Tuesday with Prandelli trying to remain optimistic despite a defeat few saw coming.

He told RAI TV: "There’s no need to panic, we just have to recover and get ready for Tuesday’s match.

"It was a well-deserved defeat but we already knew it was going to be a very tough group."

Italy were lacklustre and the energetic Costa Ricans restricted them to few chances. The best fell to Mario Balotelli but he could only put a weak effort wide of target around the half-hour mark.

"We didn’t have a bad attitude," insisted Prandelli.

"Perhaps if Balotelli had scored the match would have changed but there’s nothing else for us to complain about.

"We will do our best against Uruguay."