2014 WORLD CUP SOCCER
Kickoff: Sunday, 4:00 p.m. EDT
Arena Pernambuco Ė Recife, Brazil
Costa Rica +115, Greece +240, Tie after Regulation +237
Over/Under: 2.5 Goals (Over +205, Under -250)
After surprising many by winning Group D, Costa Rica will face Greece in the Round of 16 on Sunday.
Costa Rica got a very tough draw, going into a group that was loaded with all three opponents having been past World Cup champions. That didnít throw off the Ticos, however, and they were able to come away with a group-leading seven points to advance to the Round of 16. Greece didnít play very well in their group, but they did just enough to earn themselves a spot in the knockout round. They will now face a Costa Rica team that was not considered to be anything special before the start of the tournament.
Costa Rica turned a lot of heads with their performance in group play. They opened up the tournament with a 3-1 victory over a Suarez-less Uruguay team. In their second game, they defeated heavily-favored Italy 1-0. In their final game, they played against an England team that was already eliminated. The game ended in a 0-0 tie and Costa Rica picked up a point. While this team isnít as talented as others, they have played some very good defense throughout the tournament. They will now go up against a Greece team that didnít do much to impress anybody in their group matches.
Greeceís tournament got off to a rather unimpressive start. They opened up against Colombia and got blown out 3-0. In their next contest, they played against Japan and the game ended in a 0-0 tie. The point they picked up in that game, however, ended up getting them into the knockout rounds. Greece would win their final match 2-1 against Ivory Coast to give them a total of four points. Their group was rather lousy and they were fortunate to make it to the knockout rounds, but they now have a golden opportunity to make it to the next round as Costa Rica is very beatable. After surprising many by winning Group D, Costa Rica will face Greece in the Round of 16 on Sunday.