Costa Rica has been the Cinderella team of the World Cup so far, winning the Group of Champions with Italy, Uruguay and England in it. They’ve advanced to the quarterfinals where they’ll play the Netherlands, a team that has looked very impressive throughout the group stage.
“We have nothing to lose,” Costa Rica’s Bryan Ruiz said, via FIFA.com. “We’ve come so far and done so much, but we want more. We want to continue on and see how far this can go.”
You could make the argument that there is a huge gap in talent, but Netherlands manager Louis van Gaal wouldn’t.
“That Costa Rica are considered to be a less strong team, that is by the media. That is not our words, we are not saying that,” Van Gaal said, via Sky Sports.
“Our goal has always been to become world champions and we have already said we are a team which is very difficult to beat.
“We’re not a great team but a team which is difficult to beat. So far we have shown that and I hope we can continue that up to and including the final.
“We have always said since the preparation for this World Cup that it will not be the best or most fantastic team that is going to win but the best 23 players will win this.
“We all have one goal, we are all supporting each other, complementing each other. That’s what the Dutch team is, all 23 players.
“That will remain for the entire tournament, even if we lose. The Dutch team will fight right to the very last minute to become world champions.”
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Date: Saturday, July 5
Time: 4:00 p.m. ET/ (UK – 9:00 p.m. BST)
Venue: Estadio do Maracana
Location: Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
TV Info: ESPN2, BBC (UK), Univision (Spanish)
Radio Info: Sirius XM FC, BBC Radio 5 Live (UK)
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