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World Cup Round of 16: Costa Rica v. Greece

Sunday's second fixture sees surprise qualifiers Costa Rica and Greece face off.

Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

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Costa Rica v. Greece
Sunday, June 29th | 9PM BST/4PM EST
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Round of 16

For all of Group D's supposed pedigree--Uruguay, Italy, and England have storied histories--it was Costa Rica who emerged as the winner, with a dominant 3-1 over Uruguay in their opener and a narrow 1-0 victory over Italy. The finale with England meant nothing, with the top spot already secured, and they now have a good chance to progress to the quarterfinals with a favorable draw.

It's also a somewhat ugly draw, however, as Greece aren't necessarily around because they've played some scintillating stuff. They're at this point because they know how to survive; Colombia raced past them on the first day of group play, but a 0-0 draw with Japan kept them alive. They managed to score twice against Cote d'Ivoire, with Georgios Samaras getting the winner from the spot in stoppage time. It won't be pretty if they do, but Greece have to feel they've got a chance to get the result here.

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