World Cup Quarterfinals: Will Costa Rica Make History against Holland?Published July 5, 2014 by Amir G
The World Cup quarterfinal game at 9 pm (UK time) has the Netherlands taking on Costa Rica for a ticket to the next round.
The Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador is the venue for today's second quarter-final match between the Netherlands and Costa Rica (9pm UK time).
Costa Rica is one of the World Cup's biggest surprises, sweeping its group winning over Uruguay and Italy and tying a scoreless draw with England in garbage time. The Round of 16 saw the Costa Ricans struggle with the fierce Greeks who equalized late in the game, but the momentum was turned around when Gekas missed and Costa Rica climbed to the quarter-final.
Costa Rica's defense has been excellent all around, managing to hold off Greece with 10 men after Oscar Duarte was sent off – he will be missed by the Costa Rican defense today and the Dutch are sure to try and find holes in the wall.
The 2010 finalists weren't thought of as a big threat when they landed in Brazil, but after ripping the other finalist and champion from 2010, Spain, on their first game – the orchestra changed its tune.
Equipped with a brilliant offense with Robben and van Persie alongside a creative midfield, the Dutch present a tough challenge to any rival team, but they failed to impress too much in the Round of 16 against Mexico despite the late equalizer – if it wasn't for the penalty kick in the 94th minute things might have looked different today. Yet, the Dutch remain favorites for today.
Winner Sports will have full live coverage of today's quarter-final. There are over 103 betting markets for this game including special penalty and overtime markets if the game does not get decided in 90 minutes. In full time result, Winner has 1/2 on the Netherlands, 13/2 on Costa Rica and 16/5 for a draw. Don't miss this game - you could witness history.