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Greece Starting XI: Karnezis, Maniatis, Manolas, Samaras, Karagounis (c), Salpingidis, Torosidis, Lazaros, Sokratis, Cholevas, Samaris.

Konstantinos Mitroglou is out of the starting lineup once again as Greece face off against Costa Rica in the round of 16. Greece got through to the round of 16 through a late penalty in added time against the Ivory Coast. They play a defensive style that relies on the counter attack and will be looking for a 1-0 win.
Source: FIFA
Sun, Jun 29, 2014 02:54:00 PM

Iran Starting XI vs Bosnia: Haghighi, Haji Safi, Hosseini, Sadeghi, Nekounam, Shojaei, Timotian, Montarezi, Ghoochannejad, Dejagah, Pooladi.

Ashkan Dejagah leads Iran as they try to qualify for the next round. They need to win this game and get help from Argentian as they also need Nigeria to lose.
Source: ESPN
Wed, Jun 25, 2014 11:18:00 AM

Greece found lighting in a bottle in the waning seconds of a 1-1 match they had to win when they scored from the spot and are now moving on to the Round of 16 in a 2-1 thriller.

It was veteran Georgios Samaras who stepped up to convert the pen and hand Greece perhaps the biggest moment in their country's history, though the foul that gave them the chance could be argued as undeserved. Still, it is a monumental achievement for their program and though Costa Rica has shown themselves well thus far, they have to feel pretty good about getting them as their Round of 16 opponent. Kostas Mitroglou remained on the bench throughout the match and his chances of starting against Costa Rica look pretty slim.
Tue, Jun 24, 2014 06:25:00 PM

Greece Starting XI: Karnezis, Maniatis, Manolas, Samaras, Kone, Karagounis (c), Salpingidis, Torosidis, Lazaros, Sokratis, Cholevas.

Konstantinos Mitroglou is once again not in Greece's starting lineup after looking poor in their first match. Mitroglou has had a lot of injury problems as of late and it's unknown if his poor play has been due to injuries or lack of form. Greece is in a must win situation but they also need Japan to lose or tie if they are to have a realistic chance of making it through.
Source: FIFA
Tue, Jun 24, 2014 03:14:00 PM

Iran nearly pulled off the bigger upsets in this World Cup, if not the biggest, as they were level with powerhouse Argentina into 2nd half stoppage time, only to be burned by Lionel Messi in a 1-0 loss.

Like seemingly every major underdog thus far in this tournament, Iran found a way to turn a one-sided affair on paper into a knock down drag out war. Much like they did against Nigeria, they put the focus on defending and nearly earned themselves their second straight clean sheet and draw. Make no mistake though, this team is not out just park the bus. When they were on the ball, they managed to create some legitimate chances to score, including a header by Dejagah that the Argentine keeper just barely managed to touch over the bar. Iran are still in the hunt to join Argentina in escaping their group but it will take a win over Bosnia and Herzegovina for it to be possible.
Sat, Jun 21, 2014 02:09:00 PM

Iran XI: Haghighi, Haji Safi, Hosseini, Sadeghi, Nekounam, Shojaei, Timotian, Montarezi, Reza, Dejagah, Pooladi

One change made from the side that faced Nigeria earlier in the week but Fulham's Ashkan Dejagah keeps his place as Iran faces a much tougher opponent this time around. As we have seen so far this tournament though, expect the unexpected.
Sat, Jun 21, 2014 11:13:00 AM

Things looked dire for Greece when Kostas Mitroglou was forced off due to injury as well as loosing their captain to a red card but they managed a 0-0 draw against an ineffective Japan.

Greece earn their first ever clean sheet in a World Cup tournament and by doing so keep a shred of hope alive to advance. After an injury-riddled debut half-season with Fulham, Mitroglou furthered his reputation as a man made of glass, leaving the match in the 35th minute. After going down to 10 men, the common strategy would have been to park the bus, but Japan were so ineffective Greece may have enjoyed their best attacking form thus far in the tourney sans a player. Both sides need a win and miraculous help in order to advance now.
Thu, Jun 19, 2014 08:00:00 PM

Greece XI: Karnezis, Maniatis, Manolas, Samaras, Kone, Mitroglou, Torosidis, Fetfazidis, Sokratis, Cholevas, Katsouranis

Kostas Mitroglou gets handed a start here as Greece will need to get at least a draw to have any real chance of advancing. He certainly provides some bulk up top but the bottom line is he needs to find the net for a Greece side who notoriously struggle for goals.
Thu, Jun 19, 2014 05:15:00 PM

Clint Dempsey and substitute John Brooks scored to give the United States Men's National Team a huge 2-1 win over Ghana.

The United States took the lead in the first minute through a great individual effort from Clint Dempsey and then proceeded to defend for their lives. Ghana came back to score with 10 minutes left and looked like it would upset the United States for the third time in a row. Everything changed once again just minutes later when substitute John Brooks scored from a header to give the US team the lead. It was an overall good performance from the US team and they never gave up even after Ghana scored late in the game. They face Portugal next and a draw there could be enough to push them through to the next round.
Source: FIFA
Mon, Jun 16, 2014 08:10:00 PM

The tournament's first draw was also the first to not feature a goal as Iran play Nigeria to a 0-0 final.

Iran were much more focused than their opponent and had a couple of chances to win outright but Ashkan Dejagah and company couldn't find the net. The point gives them a bit of confidence and a lifeline on escaping the group if they can get a positive result against Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Mon, Jun 16, 2014 05:07:00 PM

Iran XI: Haghighi, Heydari, Haji Safi, Hosseini, Sadeghi, Nekounam (c), Timotian, Montazeri, Ghoochannejad, Dejagah, Pooladi

Fulham's Ashkan Dejagah, who scored a couple of clutch goals during the Cottagers attempt to avoid relegation, is starting as expected for Iran
Mon, Jun 16, 2014 01:54:00 PM

Greece went down a goal early but had chances to equalize for a long stretch of the match, however their inability to score in the World Cup continues on as Colombia dispose of them 3-0.

Premier League reps Kostas Mitroglou and Giorgs Karagounis were both brought on as substitutes in the final half hour but it made no difference as Colombia had the game in hand by then. Greece has now been outscored 18-2 in the history of the competition as their reputation for lack of scoring continues.
Sat, Jun 14, 2014 02:09:00 PM

Costa Rica XI: Navas, Gonzalez, Umana, Borges, Duarte, Bolanos, Campbell, Ruiz (c), Díaz, Gamboa, Tejeda

Fulham property Bryan Ruiz gets the start as expected as Costa Rica will need a big upset to get a result against Uruguay.
Source: ESPN Twitter
Sat, Jun 14, 2014 01:53:00 PM

Greece XI: Karnezis; Maniatis, Manolas, Samaras, Kone; Salpingidis, Torosidis, Gekas, Sokratis; Cholevas, Katsouranis

Kostas Mitroglou was pegged to start for Greece, offering a strong presence in their attack but it appears he doesn't fit in the inital plans. Fulham teammate Giorgos Karagouis and veteran of the Greek national team is also on the bench as the starting XI fails to feature a Premier League player.
Sat, Jun 14, 2014 11:09:00 AM

Kostas Mitroglou made the final cut and has been included in Greece's 23-man squad for World Cup 2014.

Despite a disappointing, injury-riddled 2014 since joining Fulham, Mitroglou provides youth and a physical presence among the forward options for Greece and has shown manager Fernando Santos some quality during the qualifying stages. Giorgios Samaras will likely be the featured striker for the Piratiko in the tournament.
Tue, May 20, 2014 01:39:00 PM

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