Round of 16 day 2 action is upon us

The Netherlands and Costa Rica are favourites to progress to the quarter finals.

FILE: Following Brazil and Colombia’s success last night, two more spots will be filled this evening. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

SAO PAULO, Brazil - Following Brazil and Colombia's success last night, two more spots will be filled this evening.

Arguably one of the most impressive teams from the group stages, Netherlands, takes on Mexico at 6 pm.

Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben will spearhead Louis van Gaal's orange machine.

Castelao Stadium, Fortaleza, which hosts the 29 June Netherlands-Mexico match. Graphic: AFP.

They'll have to work hard to beat the Mexican defence which only conceded one goal throughout the group stages. Then at 10 pm, surprise package Greece takes on Costa Rica.

The South Americans were equally impressive in their group stage, beating both Italy and Uruguay.

Many feel this is the end of the road for Greece. After a draw against Japan and a heavy loss to Colombia, a spot in the quarterfinals might be a bridge too far for Fernando Santos' men to cross.

The Netherlands and Costa Rica are favourites to progress to the quarter finals of the World Cup.

EWN's Marc Lewis was at the Arena Corinthians in Sao Paulo when the Netherlands beat Chile 2-0 to put them at the top of Group B.

Both are in action tonight against Mexico and Greece respectively.

The Netherlands will welcome back Robin van Persie who served a one match ban for their final group game. He'll join Arjen Robben up front. The pair has already scored six goals in the competition.

For Mexico, the match offers the chance to reach the quarter-finals for the first time since 1986. They've have fallen at the round of 16 juncture in their last five World Cup campaigns.

The late match sees Greece take on Costa Rica.

Andreas Samaris became the first ever midfielder to score for Greece in the World Cup when he converted the penalty that sent them through to the last 16.

While the last time Costa Rica progressed this far was in 1990, after an impressive first round which included wins over Italy and Uruguay, they should have enough firepower to get into the quarters.

EWN's Marc Lewis takes a look back at some of the highs and lows, as well as what to look forward to over the next two weeks leading up to the final in Rio de Janeiro.

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