Netherlands vs Costa Rica World Cup 2014 Live Stream Match, Stats and Predictions
Netherlands vs Costa Rica World Cup 2014 Live Stream. Have you ever thought of the plight of pre-tournament predictions? The Netherland s vs Costa Rica match makes a mockery of those predictions.
The Netherlands had landed in a tough group in World Cup 2014; but they topped the group with relative ease. Costa Rica had been labeled as the whipping boys of a group of death comprising three world champions. They too topped the group.
They had supposedly easy first round opponents; but both the teams just managed to edge past those “weak opponents”. Costa Rica needed a tie breaker, while the Netherlands required two goals in the last six minutes to enter into the quarter finals.
Now, here they are: one a giant killer, and the other the most prolific team in the world cup, trying to elbow out the other to grab the lone vacant semi final spot in World Cup 2014. The Netherlands vs Costa Rica World Cup 2014 live stream will be great fun.
Dutch attack vs Costa Rica’s defense
This match echoes the history of colonial conquests. The Dutch are constantly on the attack, looking out for goals in every possible opportunity. The Costa Ricans defend their territory well. They have conceded just two goals in four matches, in spite of having played against some of the top Uruguayan, Italian and English strikers. One of those goals was a penalty and the other happened after they had been reduced to 10 men against Greece.
The Netherlands started their campaign with a bang, with a 5-1 annihilation of Spain. Even though they could not sustain the initial rhythm, they can be a handful for the inexperienced Costa Ricans.
Movers and shakers
The Dutch side boasts of the bigger stars: Robin van Persie, Arjen Robben and Wesley Sneijder. But it was the introduction of two young guns in the second half – Memphis Depay and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar – that changed their fate against Mexico. The Netherlands will have to take the field without their midfield enforcer Nigel de Jong, who is suffering from an injury.
Costa Rica will miss not one, but two of the vital cogs in their system: Óscar Duarte is suspended following the red card against Greece and Roy Miller is doubtful because of an injury. But in Joel Campbell, Christian Bolaños and Bryan Ruiz, they have the attack to topple the Netherlands.