Penalties see Costa Rica through
RECIFE, Brazil (AP) – Ten-man Costa Rica beat Greece in a penalty shootout today to reach the World Cup quarter-finals 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 equalised 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 quarter-finals.