• This will be the first ever meeting between Costa Rica and Greece.
  • Costa Rica have reached the knockout stages of the World Cup for only the second time in their history; the first was in 1990 when they eventually lost 4-1 against Czechoslovakia in the last 16.
  • The last team from CONCACAF to go further than the last 16 at the World Cup are the USA in 2002.
  • This is the first time that Greece have reached the knockout stages of the World Cup.
  • Greece’s seven wins at major tournaments have never been by more than one clear goal (four 1-0 and three 2-1 wins).
  • Greece have only won two of their nine World Cup games, both against African sides (v Nigeria in 2010 & Ivory Coast in 2014).
  • Greece have scored in only two of their nine games at the World Cup (the two 2-1 wins v Nigeria & Ivory Coast).
  • Greece have only kept one clean sheet in nine World Cup games, against Japan in 2014 (0-0).
  • Costa Rica are yet to concede a goal from open play at this World Cup, the only one they have let in being Edinson Cavani’s penalty.
  • None of Costa Rica’s four goals at this World Cup have been scored before the 44th minute.
  • Meanwhile, each of Greece’s four goals in World Cup history have been scored from the 42nd minute onwards.
  • Costa Rica have surrendered possession in each of their three games so far at this World Cup, their highest ratio being 44.4% against Uruguay.
  • Georgios Samaras’ goal against Ivory Coast in Greece’s last game ended his personal goalscoring drought of 1478 minutes with the national team.
  • Samaras’ penalty against Ivory Coast is his only shot on target so far at this World Cup (270 minutes played).
  • Joel Campbell was involved in two of Costa Rica’s four goals at this World Cup (1 goal, 1 assist).
  • Keylor Navas has saved seven of the eight shots on target he’s faced in this World Cup.