With former FIFA World Cup-winners Uruguay, Italy and England all competing in Group D, the outcome looks tough to call, while Costa Rica will be out to perform a heroic shock in trying to negotiate past these football giants.
Fiorentina dominated ten-man Verona 4-3 in a seven-goal thriller that produced four goals inside the opening quarter hour at the Stadio Artemio Franchi, while Napoli beat Lazio 4-2 on the road.
Only two days removed from securing qualification to the FIFA World Cup™, Nigeria battled Italy to a spirited 2-2 draw in an international friendly held at Craven Cottage on Monday.
Italy coach Cesare Prandelli has said there are still places up for grabs in his Gli Azzurri squad ahead of next summer's FIFA World Cup in Brazil, with Prandelli saying he currently has "35 players" in mind.
Juventus grabbed a 3-0 win over title rivals Napoli to close the gap on Italian Serie A leaders Roma, who were held by league newcomers Sassuolo. Fernando Llorente, Andrea Pirlo and Paul Pogba scored the Bianconeri goals.
Juventus outclassed Catania 4-0 while Napoli battled to a 2-1 win away to Fiorentina to both move to within two points of high-flying Roma.