World Cup, Preview: Costa Rica Fairytale Faces Dutch Reckoning

Not many reckoned Costa Rica would last this World Cup but the team has not only survived but flourished courtesy spirited football.The team though now faces a dominant Dutch side in the quarterfinals.

updated: July 04, 2014 08:28 IST
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Costa Rica players react after Michael Umana scored during a shootout after regulation time in the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between Costa Rica and Greece at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, Sunday, June 29, 2014. Costa Rica defeated Greece 5-3 in penalty shootouts after a 1-1 tie.

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Salvador: The irresistible fairytale of Costa Rica faces a day of reckoning against Louis van Gaal's hard, calculating Dutch side on Saturday in the Brazil World Cup's most unlikely quarter-final.

Few believed that Costa Rica, a small Central American country with an undistinguished footballing record, would still be standing, especially after a group including Italy, England and Uruguay.

Yet "Los Ticos" shocked Uruguay and Italy to top a group bracketing three World Cup winners, before battling past Greece on penalties after playing an hour with only 10 men.

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