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World Cup (Group Stage) Match Preview: Costa Rica vs. England

World Cup (Group Stage) Match Preview: Costa Rica vs. England

Match Date: 24 June 2014 (local)

Match Venue: Estádio Mineirão, Belo Horizonte

(Featured Image: Costa Rica | Source: FIFA)

 

This is a battle of the opposites: Costa Rica have been ensured of their knockout stage berth while England have just been eliminated from the competition. Therefore, the result of this match will no longer matter to both sides. It will, however, boost the reputation of either side in case they earn all three points.

 

Costa Rica

Costa Rica are enjoying one of their best World Cup moments, ever, in an otherwise ‘Group of Death’ atmosphere that made them the initial underdogs of their cluster. With dramatic wins over former champions Uruguay and Italy, Ticos have just earned a spot in the Knockout stage. The best position they achieved in any World Cup, so far, was the Round of 16 in 1990. This year, they seem to aim higher than that and might actually meet other superpowers at least in the quarter-finals. Players from the CONCACAF confederation are generally performing very well, with only Honduras incurring a defeat.

 

England

Like their UEFA rivals and fellow favorites Spain, England ended up at the bottom of their group. The side have lost both their first two matches to Italy and Uruguay, respectively, which means that they are already out of the competition. Their last fixture will not be as crucial as their earlier ones but winning it will greatly pamper their broken hearts and go home not completely empty-handed. The task, however, will prove difficult. With very little inspiration to hold on and against a squad enjoying an all-time high, The Three Lions will not be able to produce their loudest roar.

 

World Cup betting tip: With the kind of firepower they currently enjoy, Costa Rica will easily dominate over England.

 
 
 
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