No one could've predicted the scores of the 2014 World Cup.
Costa Rica entered the World Cup with 5000-1 odds to win, according to Odds Shark. It wasn't expected to win a match. But on Saturday, it proved it could compete, shocking the heavily favored Uruguay and prompting beIN Sport's Ray Hudson to compare Costa Rica to Muhammad Ali.
|Day 4 Schedule|
|12 p.m.||Switzerland vs. Ecuador||ABC||2-2|
|3 p.m.||France vs. Honduras||ABC||3-0|
|6 p.m.||Argentina vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina||ESPN||3-1|
Costa Rica isn't the only ballclub that racked up three goals on Day 3. Colombia dominated Greece by the score of 3-0. It was supposed to beat Greece, which, per Odds Shark, only has 360-1 odds to win the World Cup, but its win still demanded attention.
Mario Balotelli demanded attention for Italy as well.
His header with 50 minutes in put the Italians up 2-1, and they held on for a victory over England in the hardest-fought match of the World Cup thus far. It was tied for 48 out of the first 50 minutes. Salvatore Sirigu's four saves allowed Italy to stay ahead in the end.
If Italy-England wasn't the most exciting match of the day, Ivory Coast-Japan was. Japan led most of the match, thanks to a Keisuke Honda goal 16 minutes in.
It took Ivory Coast until well after half-time to counter. But when it countered, it did with a vengeance, scoring the game-tying and go-ahead goals just two minutes apart. Ivory held on for the 2-1 triumph.
Here's how to watch Day 4 action.
Switzerland vs. Ecuador is the only match on Day 4 that's expected to be close. According to Odds Shark, Switzerland enters favored to win, but only with a line of 6-5. It wouldn't be shocking if Ecuador pulled the upset.
This is the most important match of the group stage for both ballclubs. Honduras figures to be an easy out, but France won't. The winner of Switzerland vs. Ecuador will also likely win the second seed of Group E.
Due to such desperation, as well as two evenly matched clubs, expect a draw.
A draw would be a morale victory for Honduras and Bosnia-Herzegovina. They're heavy underdogs on Sunday against two of the most talented teams in the tournament. According to Odds Shark, France has the sixth-highest odds to win the World Cup, 51-2, and Argentina the second-highest, 103-20.
Comparatively, Honduras has 5000-1 odds and Bosnia-Herzegovina 200-1. Bosnia-Herzegovina may be able to stick around until half-time, but eventually, the best player in the world Lionel Messi is going to erupt. He, unsurprisingly, is favored to win the Golden Boot by leading the World Cup in goalscoring.
Honduras, though, would surprise by sticking around until half-time.
David Daniels is a columnist for Bleacher Report. He tweets, too.
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