Now that La Sele stands atop the rubble left over from the Group of Death, they have Costa Ricans believing a deeper run in the World Cup is possible.
Costa Rica, everyone’s favorite underdog in group play, actually enters as the favorite in Sunday’s knockout stage match with Greece. The Greeks advanced from their group at the last minute, as a stoppage time penalty goal that beat Ivory Coast allowed them to jump from last to second place. Though it boasts a stout defense, Greece falters offensively and failed to score in its first two cup matches.
If the Ticos can continue their magical run and reach the quarterfinals, it would exceed the national team’s run in the 1990 World Cup as the farthest La Sele has ever gone. There they would either meet rival Mexico or a Dutch squad that has looked like the tournament’s best.
Costa Rica and Greece kick off at 2 p.m. on Sunday.
The Municipalidad de Montes de Oca has sent out a letter asking fans to not litter while celebrating in public areas on Sunday.
After Costa Rica’s decisive win against Italy last Friday, the mob of people celebrating at Fuente de la Hispanidad left behind a heap of plastic and aluminum that blanketed the traffic circle. The municipality’s statement said there will be three recycling trucks set up throughout popular gathering spots in Montes de Oca where everyone should discard their trash. They’ll be stationed just north of the fountain, on Calle de la Amargura, and in front of John F. Kennedy park.
Despite a 1-0 loss to Germany, the United States is still advancing from a brutal Group G that spat out Portugal and Ghana. The U.S. struggled to keep pace with Germany’s star-studded roster, but kept the game close enough to keep a goal differential advantage over Portugal.