World Cup 2014: Costa Rica Defeat Greece in Penalty Shootout to Enter Quarterfinals

In a hotly-contested match, both Costa Rica and Greece fought hard but the former took the match 5-3 in penalties to create history and enter quarterfinals of FIFA World Cup 2014 for the first time ever.

Updated: June 30, 2014 04:41 IST
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Costa Rica players celebrate after defeating Greece in penalty shootout.

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Recife: Ten-man Costa Rica beat Greece in a penalty shootout Sunday to reach the World Cup quarterfinals for the first time.

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

Theofanis Gekas saw his penalty saved by Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas for the only miss in the shootout.

Costa Rica had taken the lead early in the second half of regulation time through captain Bryan Ruiz but then had defender Oscar Duarte sent off in the 66th minute.

Greece equalized in injury time of regulation time when Sokratis Papastathopoulos smashed in a rebound and finally made the team's numerical advantage pay.

Costa Rica will play the Netherlands in the quarterfinals.

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