Netherlands To End Costa Rica Fairytale
Netherlands To Win By 1 Goal
Costa Rica have provided the fairytale story of the 2014 World Cup and if they can eliminate Netherlands in tonight’s quarter-final, will become the first CONCACAF country to reach the last four since 1930 when USA reached the semis at the inaugural tournament.
This is the first time the two nations have met and the incentive couldn’t be greater with Netherlands hoping 2014 will be the year they will eventually lift the World Cup after three losing appearances in the final.
Matt Le Tissier tips: “The Netherlands were fortunate to beat Mexico via a dubious late penalty and every neutral will surely be rooting for Costa Rica. Having conceded just twice so far, they’ll fancy their chances of reaching an unlikely semi-final.
Sadly, I think their glorious run will end. Backing the Dutch to win by one goal at 12/5 with Ladbrokes is the tip. Alternatively, you can get 5/1 with the same firm on the 1-0 correct score”
It took a penalty shoot-out for Costa Rica to progress from the last 16 at the expense of Greece. The match ended 1-1 after Greece scored a last minute equaliser to wipe out Brian Ruiz’ 52nd minute goal and since shocking the world with their 3-1 victory over Uruguay in the very first game, the Central Americans have only scored twice in three subsequent matches. They beat Italy 1-0 and drew 0-0 against England in the other group games.
In contrast, Netherlands have won all four of their World Cup matches in normal time and have yet to score less than two goals in a game. It puts great pressure on the Costa Rica defense to keep a clean sheet which unfortunately will be weakened for the quarter-final with Oscar Duarte suspended and Roy Miller absent due to an injured foot.
The Dutch will be missing midfield hard man Nigel De Jong who is out of the World Cup with a groin problem. In Robin Van Persie and Arjen Robben, who scored six of Netherlands’ first eight goals in the tournament, they have two extremely talented forwards hungry to find the net after two blank games.