Quantcast
Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
Costa Rica's Michael Barrantes, right, reaches for the ball as he acts as a goalkeeper during a training session of Costa Rica in, Recife , Brazil, Saturday, June 28, 2014. Costa Rica will play Greece in a World Cup round of 16 soccer match next June 29.(AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Costa Ricans: We’re not favorites against Greece
First Published Jun 28 2014 07:16 pm • Last Updated Jun 28 2014 11:29 pm

Recife, Brazil • If Costa Rica midfielder Michael Barrantes believes his small Central American country’s national side is favored to reach the World Cup quarterfinals, he’s not about to say so publicly.

"We’re not favorites. We’re going to face off with a great team. Greece is a great team. They have the merits to belong" in the second round, Barrantes said Saturday, on the eve of the Ticos’ second round match against Greece.

Join the Discussion
Post a Comment

"We came here as a dark horse," Barrantes added. "We surprised the world."

Costa Rica entered the World Cup as a long-shot simply to advance out of Group D, which also included former world champions England, Italy and Uruguay. Instead, the Ticos won the group ahead of Uruguay — a side Costa Rica defeated 3-1 — while Italy and England were eliminated.

Greece, meanwhile, did not score in its first two World Cup games and required a penalty in injury time to beat Ivory Coast 2-1 and finish second in Group C. In the days immediately after Greece clinched its spot against Costa Rica, some of the team openly accepted the notion that their recent form made them the favorites.

Apparently, Costa Rico’s Colombian coach, Jorge Luis Pinto, decided such talk was not in his side’s best interest, and the tune has changed.

"We will give to Greece all the respect it deserves," Pinto said. "It is a team that can indeed defend well and can score goals, and it’s difficult to control them."

Pinto danced around questions which suggested his team could have an advantage. He also avoided the topic of striker Joel Campbell’s familiarity with Greek players. Campbell played for Greek champions Olympiakos last season.




Copyright 2014 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Top Reader Comments Read All Comments Post a Comment
Click here to read all comments   Click here to post a comment


About Reader Comments


Reader comments on sltrib.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Salt Lake Tribune. We will delete comments containing obscenities, personal attacks and inappropriate or offensive remarks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. If you see an objectionable comment, please alert us by clicking the arrow on the upper right side of the comment and selecting "Flag comment as inappropriate". If you've recently registered with Disqus or aren't seeing your comments immediately, you may need to verify your email address. To do so, visit disqus.com/account.
See more about comments here.
Staying Connected
Videos
Jobs
Contests and Promotions
  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Access your e-Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.