Costa Rica create history, beat Greece 5-3(pen) to enter quarterfinals

first_imgBryan Ruiz celebrates aftr scoring the opening goal for Costa Rica 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.Team Line-ups(from):Costa Rica: Keylor Navas; Cristian Gamboa (Johnny Acosta, 77th), Oscar Duarte, Giancarlo Gonzalez, Michael Umana, Junior Diaz; Celso Borges, Yeltsin Tejeda (Jose Cubero, 66th), Christian Bolanos (Randall Brenes, 83rd); Bryan Ruiz, Joel CampbellGreece: Orestis Karnezis; Vasileios Torosidis, Konstantinos Manolas, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Jose Cholevas; Ioannis Maniatis (Konstantinos Katsouranis, 78th), Georgios Karagounis, Andreas Samaris (Konstantinos Mitroglou, 58th), Lazaros Christodoulopoulos; Dimitrios Salpingidis (Theofanis Gekas, 69th), Georgios Samaraslast_img

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