FIFA World Cup 2014 will see matches from the Round of 16 as Netherlands go toe-to-toe against a defiant Mexican side whereas a flying Costa Rican side entertain ‘˜surprise package’ Greece.
FIFA World Cup 2014 will see matches from the Round of 16 as Netherlands go toe-to-toe against a defiant Mexican side whereas a flying Costa Rican side entertain ‘surprise package’ Greece in a Round of 16 clashes scheduled for tonight. Here is the preview for both the games:
Netherlands vs. Mexico
Desired result – Netherlands to win 2-1
The World Cup’s highest-scoring team are about to meet arguably the tournament’s best goalkeeper. Rampaging Netherlands are on a mission to qualify for the quarter-finals but before they can dream about it, they will have to do what only one man has done so far – beat Guillermo Ochoa. The Mexico keeper has conceded just one goal, a late consolation strike by Croatia’s Ivan Perisic in Mexico’s 3-1 win. Mexico are in the round of 16 for the sixth straight time, only Brazil and Germany have a longer streak of progressing from the group stage but the team’s tournament have ended at the round of 16 each time. Mexican defence have to be on their toes with Netherlands’ most threatening players – Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben are on a goal scoring spree.
Costa Rica vs. Greece
Desired result – Costa Rica to win by 1-0
Greece’s solid defence against Costa Rican’s highly pacy attack will be a treat for the neutrals as the two teams face off in the last-16 clash on Sunday. A World Cup quarter-final against either the Netherlands or Mexico is the prize on offer for both when they meet in the Brazilian city of Recife. Costa Rica surprised the football world by finishing above Uruguay, Italy and England in ultra-competitive Group D which was surprising for many. The likes of Joel Campbell and skipper Bryan Ruiz have been instrumental in their team’s rise. This is Greece’s first appearance in the World Cup knockout round, while Costa Rica has never been beyond the last 16. Let’s the get the party started!
The two games might not produce a goal fest (but obvious) but there might be some surprise in store for us!