Costa Rica v Greece – Match Preview: Ex-Manchester City striker key

Costa Rica and Greece will face each other in the last 16 of the 2014 World Cup finals.

To be played on Sunday 29th June 2014 at 21:00. Venue: Arena Pernambuco, Recife.

Odds: Costa Rica 6/4, Draw 2/1, Greece 2/1

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Both of these teams are surprise packages in the last 16, and the thought of either one of them going through to the quarter-finals of the 2014 World Cup must be an exciting prospect.

It’s fair to say that Costa Rica are the biggest surprise out of the two, qualifying as winners of Group D, winning against both Italy and Uruguay and then drawing with England.

The Central Americans haven’t just done it by parking the bus - they have played entertaining and high quality football.

Greece had a difficult start to the World Cup getting hammered by Colombia 3-0, but they then went on to draw with Japan before pulling off an excellent performance and knocking out the Ivory Coast.

Key stats

1) Andreas Samaris, who netted against the Ivory Coast, became the first ever midfielder to score for Greece at a World Cup.

2) Greece have only ever beaten African teams at the World Cup.

3) Costa Rica have scored in seven out of eight matches against European opposition in the World Cup. England were the only team to come away with a clean sheet.

Five players to watch

Lazaros Christodoulopoulos - Had a great game for Greece against the Ivory Coast, threatened every time he went forward and was unlucky to not score. He will be a danger that Greece will need to look out for.

Joel Campbell - Everyone is now aware of what he can do. Without a goal in two games, he will be looking to put that right against Greece.

Giorgos Karagounis - The former Fulham man has loads of experience at the top level and Greece will be looking to him for inspiration.

Bryan Ruiz - Hasn’t always been capable of showing his talent, but is having a fine World Cup. Expect to see flashes of brilliance from him against Greece.

Giorgos Samaras - Former Manchester City striker Samaras scored the winning penalty against then Ivory Coast. When it rains it pours - the goals may start flooding in.

Last time they met

These two sides have never faced each other before.

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