World Cup 2014: Costa Rica vs Greece – strengths, weaknesses and key men

A look ahead to the Last 16 encounter between these sides

Costa Rica

Strengths

It is only their second time in the last 16 – the first since Italia ’90 – and they clearly caught teams by surprise. They blitzed Uruguay in the second half for their first win, then out-manoeuvred Italy.

Weaknesses

Up against players who have proven themselves at the top level, there is likely to be a point when Costa Rica’s lack of tested experience and quality bring them up short. Until then, they are thrilling.

Key man

Joel Campbell terrified Uruguay and then Italy with his direct running off the front, his speed and his eye for a goal, which make him a perfect partner for the more creative Bryan Ruiz.

 

Greece

Strengths

Having overachieved before, they play with a relaxed confidence in their natural game, an unembarrassed embrace of their defensive style of play. In their spirit and unity, they represent a club side.

Weaknesses

They reached the last 16 with two goals in three group games, which is impressive efficiency, but they will be facing even better defences now. The chances of them scoring will get even slimmer.

Georgios Samaras' late penalty is celebrated by Greece Georgios Samaras' late penalty is celebrated by Greece  

Key man

Georgios Samaras is probably Greece’s only player who is capable of producing something from nothing, which is what they need because they do not exactly carve their opponents open.

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