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Costa Rica vs. Greece: Last-Minute Live Stream and Preview for 2014 World Cup

RECIFE, BRAZIL - JUNE 20: Giancarlo Gonzalez of Costa Rica celebrates with teammates after defeating Costa Rica 1-0 during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group D match between Italy and Costa Rica at Arena Pernambuco on June 20, 2014 in Recife, Brazil.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistJune 29, 2014

Costa Rica and Greece have each made history by advancing to the World Cup round of 16 for the first time in their respective histories, but an even bigger prize awaits up ahead.

The pair meet in Recife this Sunday, where the victor will take their place in the tournament's quarter-finals and the loser will make the long trip home, left to contemplate what might have been.

It's the wicked nature of elimination competition, and to ensure you don't miss a minute of the drama, read on for all the last-minute viewing information, as well as a preview of which players will be most worth keeping an eye on.

 

Date: Sunday, June 29

Time: 9 p.m. BST/4 p.m. ET

Live Stream: ITV Player (UK), WatchESPN (US)

TV Info: ITV (UK), ESPN (US)

 

Key Players

Costa Rica: Giancarlo Gonzalez

FORTALEZA, BRAZIL - JUNE 14:  Giancarlo Gonzalez of Costa Rica celebrates after defeating Uruguay 3-1 during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group D match between Uruguay and Costa Rica at Castelao on June 14, 2014 in Fortaleza, Brazil.  (Photo by Laurence
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Although Costa Rica have shown themselves to be capable of great things when on the ball at this summer's World Cup, the defence has been the foundation on which their campaign has thrived thus far.

Jorge Luis Pinto's five men at the back have stood firm against the likes of Italy, Uruguay and England, with Giancarlo Gonzalez sitting as the most central of all those figures.

Squawka illustrates just how stern the Central American outfit have looked:

Gonzalez's aerial presence has been poignant in his side's three games so far, and his performance against the Azzurri was enough to warrant WhoScored.com naming him as Man of the Match for that fixture.

Greece don't possess the most star-studded attacking line-up, but it would be folly for the centre-back to think the worst is behind him at this stage, and his shape at the back must continue to restrict the opposition before releasing his own team's weapons.

 

Greece: Georgios Samaras

FORTALEZA, BRAZIL - JUNE 24: Giorgos Samaras of Greece celebrates scoring his team's second goal on a penalty kick with Theofanis Gekas (C) during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group C match between Greece and the Ivory Coast at Castelao on June 24, 2014
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Were it not for a controversial 93rd-minute penalty against the Ivory Coast, won and scored by Georgios Samaras, Greece wouldn't be in this round-of-16 tie.

Having been played out wider in his side's first two group games, the former Manchester City and Celtic forward saw far more success when finally moved into a central role, and it showed against the Ivorians.

So impressive was the outing, in fact, that WhoScored.com named Samaras Man of the Match:

It's likely that Fernando Santos will stick with that formula in pursuit of a quarter-final spot, sacrificing others so that the international captain can line up in his preferred position.

Should that be the case, the Greek midfield will need to lend Samaras a tremendous amount of support, lest he get lost amongst Costa Rica's bulging back line, isolated to the point that he becomes of little threat.

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