Heroic Costa Rica knock out Greece in penalty shootout

Costa Rica held a 1-0 lead against Greece despite getting a red card in the 66th minute, and Greece equalized in the 91st minute. In the extra time Lost Ticos fought bravely with one man less and won the penalty shootout when Cesar Navas saved Theofanis Gekas' shot in the fourth series. Costa Rica therefore advance to the quarter-finals where they'll face Netherlands as by far the smallest nation in this stage of the 2014 World Cup.

Costa Rican fairy tale continues. After topping the most difficult group in the World Cup ahead of Uruguay, Italy and England, Los Ticos went on to beat Greece in the round of 16. It wasn't such a good performance and Greece were a formidable opponent, but the Costa Ricans managed to score a beautiful goal in the 52nd minute, Bryan Ruiz being the scorer. Costa Rica haven't yet scored a goal earlier than the 44th minute in this tournament.

In the second half it looked like Costa Rica will manage to win the match as Greece were barely a threat, but the second yellow card of Oscar Duarte in the 66th minute changed everything. The Greeks rushed to get the equalizer, Costa Rica survived this period and then the match was balanced again but with Costa Rica defending deep. In the final couple of minutes the Costa Ricans were trying to see this match through by keeping possession for as long as they could, but the approach backfired as Greece scored in the 91st minute for 1-1.

In extra time the match was level and the Costa Ricans were just slightly inferior. They even had a chance to win the match and were actually the better opponent in the extra time. A heroic performance by Los Ticos.

The penalty shootout series was dramatic as usual, Costa Rica were shooting first and both teams scored all of their spot kicks in the first three series. In the fourth, Cesar Navas, the known penalty kick killer, saved a shot by Theofanis Gekas and Michael Umana scored the Costa Rican penalty to knock Greece out.