In the 52nd match of the ongoing 2014 FIFA World Cup tournament in Brazil, Costa Rica will play against Greece. The match is scheduled on the 29th day of June at Arena Pernambuco, one of the 12 stadiums that is located in Recife city, Brazil.
Costa Rica vs Greece, the 2nd round match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup will start at exactly 17.00 Brazilian time / 4 pm Eastern Time / 21.00 GMT. Cost a Rica made it into the round of 16 stage by being the best team in the group D, “Group of Death”. This came as a surprise since no one expected that the big teams and favorites ones at the world cup would be defeated by Costa Rica.
The team is therefore charged and focused on the match against Greece. Greece on the other side had the challenging process making it into this stage. It was not easy but they really played their cards very well.
At the start point of the group D matches, no one had hopes that Costa Rica may manage to go beyond the group stages. The talked involved the big names, talk of England, Spain and Uruguay. The Team that is based in Central America was out of the minds of many football fans.
In their first match of the tournament, Costa Rica proved to have what it takes to secure victory against Uruguay, one of the world’s finest teams. 3 goals against 1 was a very big morale boost for the Costa Ricans and at the same time a big blow to the South American team, Uruguay.
The team attracted the attention of many supporters and football overs in large. During their second match against Italy, Costa Rica under the leadership of Jorge Luis Pinto were able to clinch the 3 points once more.
The last match against England ended up in a barren draw. After having a very hard time with the big teams, this match will be a bit easier to the team and they will make it to the quarter finals without any pressure.
Greece on the other hand begun the tournament on a very low level. They lost 0-3 to Colombia in their 1st match of the tournament. At no single point did Croatia seem to score in the matches it was playing. The team was known to defend especially in their opener match.
The second match against Japan was a bit easy for the Greek team even though it ended up in a barren draw. This was their first point since the tournament started. When the team played against Ivory Coast in their third match of the group stages, it narrowly won the match.
The team was close to elimination but luck was on their side. This is the 1st time the team has managed to go beyond the group stages in their history at the world cup. The team will have a very hard time playing against Costa Rica.
Costa Rica in 2014 World Cup:- Costa Rica 3-1 Uruguay, Costa Rica 1-0 Italy and Costa Rica 0-0 England. With 7 points in hand, Costa Rica have become the Group D winner.
Greece in 2014 World Cup:- Greece 0-3 Columbia, Greece 0-0 Japan, and Greece 2-1 Ivory Coast. With 4 points in hand, Greece have become the Group C runner-up.
Best Players Of The Match:-
The key players of the match for Costa Rica will be Marco Urena and Oscar Duarte. The duo players have showcased the impressive type of football in the previous three matches they have played. The pair too have the potential of unifying the whole team so as to work on winning against the Greeks.
Andreas Samaras and Georgious Samaras will be used as the weapon of destruction against Costa Rica. The two players will have to combine their efforts against the Costa Ricans as far as winning this match is concerned.
They are very much reliable and that’s why the manager of Greece has got confidence in them. The ticket to the quarter finals is indeed in their hands.
Head To Head Matches:-
From history of football, the two teams, Costa Rica and Greece have never played against each other. This means that it will be the very first time the two teams are meeting at the international stage.
Costa Rica is ranked in the 28th position while Greece is in the 12th position. This is according to the released world rankings by FIFA.
Possible Squads and Formation:-
Costa Rica have played with 5-4-1 formation against Uruguay and Italy, but they have changed their formation to 5-3-2 against England. So, Costa Rica may play with 5-4-1 formation against Greece today.
On the other side, Greece have played with 4-5-1 formation against Ivory Coast, 4-4-2 against Columbia, and 4-3-3 against Japan. So, it’s really tough to guess the formation of Greece against Costa Rica. Greece may play with 4-4-3 formation.
Possible Squad of Costa Rica:- Navas, Gamboa, Duarte, Gonzalez, Umana, Diaz, Ruiz, Borges, Tejeda, Bolanos, and Campbell.
Possible Squad of Greece:- Karnezis, Torosidis, Manolas, Sokratis, Holebas, Maniatis, Karagounis, Christodoulopoulos, Samaris, Samaras, and Salpingidis.
Costa Rica are too strong for Greece. No matter how hard they will have to try, winning against Costa Rica is a next to impossible thing. Costa Rica will continue with their impressive performance even at this level.
They have to make it to the next level hence will take the match seriously. At the 90th minute, the score line will be 3-1 in favor of Costa Rica.
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