Costa Rica defeat Greece in shootout

03:16, Jun 30 2014
Neymar
Brazil's Neymar unsuccessfully appeals to referee Howard Webb for a foul.
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Brazil's Dani Alves makes a slide-tackle on Chile's Eugenio Mena.
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Hulk appeals to the assistant referee after having a goal for Brazil ruled out for a handball.
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Chile's Alexis Sanchez waits for team-mates as he celebrates his first-half goal against Brazil.
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David Luiz looks skyward in celebration of Brazil's first goal, which was later ruled an own-goal.
Arturo Vidal
Chile's Arturo Vidal steals a pass from in front of Brazil's Neymar.
Julio Cesar
Brazilian goalkeeper Julio Cesar makes one of his two saves in the penalty shootout.
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A nervous bunch of Chilean players line up ahead of the penalty shootout.
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Brazilian players swarm to goalkeeper Julio Cesar after defeating Chile 3-2 in a penalty shootout.
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Neymar puts a penalty shot past Claudio Bravo and into the net, the winning goal in the penalty shootout.
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Holland's Dirk Kuyt battles for the ball with Mexico's Hector Herrera during their second round match in Fortaleza.
 Arjen Robben
Dutch winger Arjen Robben rides the tackle of Mexico captain Rafael Marquez during his side's 2-1 win.
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Netherlands midfielder Wesley Sneijder fires his side's equaliser past Mexican goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa.
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Netherlands striker Robin van Persie brings the ball under control.
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Holland striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar celebrates scoring his side's winning goal from the penalty spot in injury time.
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Giovani dos Santos wheels away after putting Mexico 1-0 up against the Netherlands.
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Uruguay's Alvaro Gonzalez challenges Colombia's Pablo Armero during their second round match at the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro.
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James Rodriguez scores his second goal past Uruguay goalkeeper Fernando Muslera to put Colombia 2-0 up.
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Uruguay midfielder Cristian Rodriguez tackles Colombia's Pablo Armero during their second round match in Rio de Janeiro.
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James Rodriguez celebrates scoring his and Colombia's second goal with his team-mates.
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James Rodriguez scores with a sublime volley to put Colombia 1-0 up against South American rivals Uruguay.
James Rodriguez
James Rodriguez scores with a sublime volley to put Colombia 1-0 up against South American rivals Uruguay.
Bryan Ruiz
Costa Rica's Bryan Ruiz celebrates scoring the opening goal in their second round match with Greece in Recife.
Joel Campbell
Costa Rica's Joel Campbell and Greece's Konstantinos Manolas compete for the ball.
Oscar Duarte
Costa Rica's Oscar Duarte (second left) is shown a red card after his second bookable offence by referee Benjamin Williams.
Bryan Ruiz
Costa Rica captain Bryan Ruiz (second right) scores his team's first goal past Greek goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis.
Cristian Gamboa
Costa Rica's Cristian Gamboa slides in to halt the progress of Greece's Jose Cholevas.
Giorgos Samaras
Greece striker Giorgos Samaras controls the ball under the close attentions of Costa Rica's Oscar Duarte.
Theofanis Gekas
Greek midfielder Theofanis Gekas sees his penalty kick saved by Costa Rican goalkeeper Keylor Navas.
Michael Umana
Costa Rica’s Michael Umana fires the winning penalty past Greece goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis during the penalty shootout.
Yeltsin Tejeda
Costa Rica’s Yeltsin Tejeda celebrates with team-mates after defeating Greece in a penalty shootout.
Raphael Varane
Raphael Varane of France controls the ball against Ahmed Musa of Nigeria during their clash at Estadio Nacional in Brasilia, Brazil.
Vincent Enyeama
Nigeria's Vincent Enyeama (right) checks on teammate Ogenyi Onazi as he lies on the pitch after a challenge against France.
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France's Blaise Matuidi (14) and Mathieu Valbuena celebrate after winning their World Cup round of 16 game against Nigeria at the Brasilia national stadium in Brasilia.
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France's Mathieu Valbuena and Rio Mavuba (right) celebrate after winning their World Cup round of 16 game against Nigeria.
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John Obi Mikel of Nigeria challenges Paul Pogba of France during their round of 16 match at Estadio Nacional in Brasilia, Brazil.
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France's Raphael Varane is hit by the ball in the face beside Nigeria's Emmanuel Emenike (left).
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Algeria's Sofiane Feghouli is consoled by teammate Djamel Mesbah (back) after their loss to Germany at the Beira Rio stadium in Porto Alegre, Brazil.
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Thomas Mueller of Germany attempts a shot against Rais M'Bolhi of Algeria during the round of 16 match between Germany and Algeria at Beira-Rio Stadium in Porto Alegre, Brazil.
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Jerome Boateng and Per Mertesacker of Germany celebrate their team's second goal in extra time against Algeria.
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Germany's Mesut Ozil celebrates scoring his side's second goal during extra time against Algeria at the World Cup.
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Germany's Bastian Schweinsteiger (left) fights for the ball with Algeria's Mehdi Lacen during extra time round of 16 game at the Beira Rio stadium in Porto Alegre.
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Yacine Brahimi of Algeria controls the ball against Mesut Oezil (left) and Sami Khedira of Germany.
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Argentina's Marcos Rojo jostles with Switzerland's Josif Drmic for possession in Sao Paulo.
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Belgium's Kevin De Bruyne raises his arms in celebration as he watches his strike roll into the net.
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Belgium's Romelu Lukaku and Kevin De Bruyne celebrate a goal in their round of 16 knockout clash against USA.
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Belgium's Divock Origi throws himself into the goal net, behind USA goalkeeper Tim Howard after narrowly missing a strike.
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Argentina's Angel Di Maria sends his love to the crowd while celebrating scoring against Switzerland in the round of 16.
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Switzerland's Valon Behrami jumps for the ball next to Argentina's Gonzalo Higuain.

Costa Rica beat Greece in a penalty shootout early today to reach the World Cup quarterfinals for the first time after defending desperately with 10 men for nearly an hour.

Michael Umana scored the decisive penalty as Costa Rica won the shootout 5-3 after the game ended 1-1 following extra time.

The turning point in the shootout came when Theofanis Gekas' penalty was saved by Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas for the only miss in the shootout.

Keylor Navas
THE SAVE: Goalkeeper Keylor Navas pushes the ball away during the penalty shootout to win the match for Costa Rica.

Umana scored the next and straight away sprinted over to where Navas stood to hug him after the goalkeeper kept Costa Rica's surprise run at the World Cup alive with a string of last-gasp stops through the 120 minutes.

The rest of the Costa Rican squad, which had knelt in a line during the shootout, also came racing over to join the celebrations.

Costa Rica will play the Netherlands in the quarterfinals on Sunday in Salvador - a first appearance in the last eight for the small Central American country that no one picked to even make it past the group stage.

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''To the entire people in Costa Rica, those at home and out on the streets, this is for you,'' Costa Rica's Colombian coach Jorge Luis Pinto said.

''This is a people that love football and they deserve it. We will continue fighting. We will go on. We see beautiful things.''

Costa Rica had taken the lead early in the second half at Arena Pernambuco through captain Bryan Ruiz's smooth finish, but then had defender Oscar Duarte sent off in the 66th minute with a second yellow card for a mistimed tackle on Jose Holebas.

The red card changed the game and Greece poured forward for most of the remainder of the match.  

The Greeks equalised and finally beat Navas in injury time of regulation time when defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos smashed in a rebound from another Navas save to make the team's numerical advantage eventually pay and temporarily keep it in the World Cup.

Greece continued to storm forward in extra time, but Navas stood in the way. He made three crucial stops just in extra time, when Greece's Costas Katsouranis, Lazaros Christodoulopoulos and Konstantinos Mitroglou were all denied.

''Obviously he has to be congratulated,'' Greece coach Fernando Santos said of Navas.

''If it weren't for (him), the results would have been different.''

Santos had been sent to the stands by Australian referee Ben Williams just before the penalties and said he watched the shootout on a television inside the stadium.

''Sadness,'' he said of his first reaction after Greece's elimination and his last game in charge of the team.

''Definitely sadness. Not much (else) goes through your mind at that time.''

But the Costa Rican victory delighted the majority of the just over 41,000 fans in Recife as the Brazilian locals shouted for Costa Rica throughout the round-of-16 game and often broke out into chants of ''Ole, Ole, Ole, Ole, Ticos!'' - using the common nickname for Costa Ricans.

While the Costa Rican team made its own World Cup history, it also ended Greece's best-ever run. Greece was playing in the second round for the first time.  

After a scoreless first half, Ruiz slid his low shot into the right corner of Greece's goal in the 52nd minute for the lead after a pull-back by winger Christian Bolanos from the left. Duarte made a clumsy challenge on Holebas, however, and Costa Rica reverted to all-out defence to try and hang on for the win.

They nearly did it, but a close-range block by Navas from Gekas fell to Papastathopoulos in the first minute of injury time and he powered his shot home to give Greece hope.

NOT FREE TO AIR

If you wanted to watch this morning's pulsating match between Costa Rica and Greece on TV1, you were out of luck.

TVNZ decided to schedule Breakfast instead.

The network has the rights to screen only four of the round two matches, and decides which of these to screen on a case-by-case basis.

A TVNZ spokeswoman said their Fifa deal gave the network the opportunity to pick and chose which matches it would screen.

"The great thing about our deal with Fifa is that we can swap some games for others when we need to,'' she said.

''At group stage we decided not to play games between teams who were already sure to not progress to the next round based on points, instead playing games that were more critical to the competition.''

TVNZ amended its schedule to allow it to screen both of the morning's round two fixtures live, which included Colombia vs Uruguay. It had originally scheduled to screen only one of Sunday's round-two matches.

"The weekend games are of course able to be viewed by a lot more people than can view games on weekday mornings," she said.  

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