Young guns Mattia Destro, with a brace, and Miralem Pjanic were on target for Roma in a 3-0 win over Sampdoria to keep the Serie A title battle alive with Juventus, who defeated Chievo Verona 3-1 at home.
Juventus, Roma and Napoli hit 11 goals between them to deliver a blow to pursuers Fiorentina and Verona, while AC Milan fell to Sassuolo in a seven-goal thriller with teenager Domenico Berardi scoring four goals.
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.
Claudio Marchisio will miss a month of competition, including Italy's upcoming FIFA World Cup™ qualifiers and Juventus' UEFA Champions League opening group-stage matches after suffering ligament damage.
Italy coach Cesare Prandelli will be forced to shuffle his line-up for the match for third place after Claudio Marchisio joined the growing absentee list for Squadra Azzurra.
Following 120 goalless minutes and 12 successfully converted penalties, Italy’s Leonardo Bonucci fired his spot-kick over and Jesus Navas made no mistake to send Spain into the decider against Brazil.