Netherlands v Costa Rica

by Timothy Masters

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Netherlands take on Costa Rica on Saturday 5th July, 2014, with kickoff at 21:00. This match is currently being shown LIVE on BBC1.

What looks on paper like the easiest draw the Dutch could have hoped for might end up being a poisoned chalice, and we’ve already seen what Costa Rica are capable of doing to opponents that are guilty of underestimating them. Holland themselves have a history of messing about when they’re in control of a game, and if they switch off and fail to convert this evening the fans will be devastated.

Costa Rica obviously have nothing to lose at this point, and will play with the freedom and flair that has won them so many fans among the neutrals.

Netherlands v Costa Rica is LIVE on BBC1.