Costa Rica beats Greece in penalty shootout

Costa Rica beats Greece in penalty shootout

June 29th, 2014 by Associated Press in Local - Breaking News

Costa Rica players celebrate after winning a penalty shootout at the end of the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between Costa Rica and Greece at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, Sunday, June 29, 2014. Costa Rica won 5-3 on penalties after the match ended 1-1.

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RECIFE, Brazil - 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.