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Joel Campbell
Arsenal forward Joel Campbell has been a stellar performer at the World Cup for Jorge Luis Pinto's Costa Rica in Brazil.Getty Images

Costa Rica take on Greece for a place in the quarterfinals of the 2014 Fifa World Cup at the Arena Pernambuco, Recife, on Sunday.

Where to Watch Live

Kick-off is set for 9pm BST. Live coverage is on ITV 1 and ITV 1 HD. Radio commentary of the game will be available on BBC Radio 5 Live.


Costa Rica were expected to be at the receiving end in "Group of Death" - Group D - which comprised of three former World Champions England, Italy and Uruguay.

The Latin American outfit stunned fans and exceeded all expectations to qualify for the knockout stage of the tournament. Los Ticos beat Uruguay 3-1 in their first game before shutting out Italy with a 1-0 victory.

Jorge Luis Pinto's side held England to a goalless draw to top the group with seven points.

Greece finished runners-up in Group C and sealed their progress in a dramatic manner at the expense of Ivory Coast last Tuesday.

Coming into their final game of the group stage, the 2004 European champions had only one point courtesy of a goalless draw against Japan in their second game. They needed to win the fixture and hope Japan fail to beat Colombia by two goals or more.

The African outfit only needed a draw but Andreas Samaris gave Fernando Santos' side a 1-0 lead before half-time. Swansea City striker Wilfried Bony levelled matters in the 74th minute and the game looked to be heading for a stalemate.

But there was a final twist in the tale as Georgios Samaras's leg was clipped by substitute Giovanni Sio as the former Celtic star looked to pull the trigger in injury time. Referee Carlos Vera pointed straight to the spot and the 29-year-old made no mistake in converting the penalty to put Greece into the knockout stage for the first time in their history.

Panagiotis Glykos
Panagiotis Glykos is likely to start in place of the injured Orestis Karnezis for Greece in the last 16 tie.Getty Images

Both Costa Rica and Greece will now be aiming to reach the quarterfinals of the tournament in Brazil, and will be doing so for the first time. The winner of this clash is set to play at the Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador, next Saturday where a stiff test against the Netherlands or Mexico awaits.

What Managers Say

Luis Marin (Assistant Coach – Costa Rica): "It's crucial for us to score early in the game, especially as Greece are known to tighten up at the back once they score. But we know it's going to be a tough game all round. Although they lost to Colombia 3-0, the goals they conceded were down to simple mistakes. Greece are also potent on the counter-attack."

Fernando Santos (Greece): "I am delighted first of all that we bring joy to the Greek people. We have time to think about the match with Costa Rica. We will go back to our base, think about it and study our opponents. We have to pay a lot of attention to this game, they came out top in the 'Group of Death'. As a result we cannot allow ourself to underestimate them."

Prediction: Costa Rica 3-0 Greece

Betting Odds (Bwin)

  • Costa Rica: 16/11
  • Draw: 2
  • Greece: 21/10

Team Form

Jorge Luis Pinto-Fernando Santos
Either Jorge Luis Pinto (left) or Fernando Santos (right) will have the fortune of fielding their side in the quarterfinals of the World Cup.Getty Images

Costa Rica

  • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): D W W D L
  • Last Result: Costa Rica 0-0 England


  • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): W D L W D
  • Last Result: Greece 2-1 Ivory Coast

Team News

Costa Rica

  • Injured: N/A
  • Doubtful: N/A
  • Suspended: N/A

Probable Lineup: Navas; Gamboa, Duarte, Gonzalez, Miller, Diaz; Bolanos, Tejeda, Borges; Ruiz, Campbell


  • Injured: N/A
  • Doubtful: Orestis Karnezis (back), Panagiotis Kone (hamstring)
  • Suspended: N/A

Probable Lineup: Glykos; Torosidis, Manolas, Papastathopoulos, Holebas; Samaris, Karagounis, Maniatis; Fetfatzidis, Salpingidis, Samaras