SAN JOSE, June 20 (Xinhua) -- Costa Ricans poured into the streets of the capital Friday to celebrate their national team's 1-0 victory over Italy as part of the group phase of the 2014 Brazil World Cup.
Dressed in red, the team color, Costa Rican fans converged on the city's Plaza a la Democracia, Rotonda de la Hispanidad and other landmarks, to mark their team's win against a four-time World Cup champion.
Shortly after the game, Costa Rica's leading daily La Nacion featured on its website a bird's-eye-view snapshot of the rotunda, showing people spilling onto an elevated freeway and bringing traffic to a standstill.
"Costa Rica has turned into the giant of the group of death," said the headline accompanying the image, referring to the tough competition the country faced as a member of Group D, along with traditional football powerhouses Italy, England and Uruguay.
"Costa Rican football is experiencing the most glorious day in its history," the article said.
Even Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solis "went out into the street," the daily reported.
It added that world football body FIFA tapped seven Costa Rican players for doping tests, following the team's win against Italy.
Costa Rica now leads its group with 6 points, trailed by Italy and Uruguay with 3 points each, and England in last place with 0 points.