By TYLER GRAY
Costa Rica was supposed to be an afterthought in the aptly named World Cup “Group of Champions,” but thanks in large part to Christian Bolaños, Los Ticos are on top of the group after two matches.
Bolaños’ measured presence in the midfield steadied Costa Rica in its 1-0 victory over Italy. The 30-year-old not only helped defend, but relieved pressure with a wide range of passes and plenty of poise on the ball in tight situations. Bolaños’ performance earned him SBI World Cup Man of the Match.
Bolaños beat out teammates Keilor Navas and Celso Borges for the honors, while Daniele De Rossi put in another fine shift for the Azzurri.
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