Costa Rica 1 1 Greece
29th Jun 2014 - 21:00
Round of 16

Costa Rica are into the quarter-finals of the World Cup for the first time in their history after beating Greece 5-3 in a penalty shootout in Recife.

Sokratis Papastathopoulos’s injury-time equaliser for Greece had cancelled out Bryan Ruiz’s side-footed opener and sent the game into extra time.

Costa Rica, down to 10 men for almost an hour after Oscar Duarte’s dismissal, scored their first four spot-kicks.

Theofanis Gekas missed for Greece, and Michael Umana settled the tie.

It means the Central American side – surprise qualifiers from a group containing England, Italy and Uruguay – go through to face the Netherlands on Saturday for a place in the semi-finals as their unlikely run at the World Cup continues.

The last-ditch equaliser and the penalty shootout added belated drama to what had been a less than enthralling encounter at times.