1 vs. 1
Shootout
5 - 3
CRC
GRE
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GOAL! 5-3 CR. Umaña steps up and sends Costa Rica into the last eight!!!
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SAVED! 4-3 CR. Gekas sees his low shot saved by Navas who dives to his right and pushes it away.
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GOAL! 4-3 CR. Arsenal's Campbell strolls up a slots it into the left-hand corner.
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Holebas SCORES. 3-3. No one has blinked yet!
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Gonzalez SCORES! 3-2 CR.
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GOAL! 2-2. Christodoulopoulos stutters his run and buries it!
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GOAL! 2-1 CR. Ruiz thumps a left footer into the roof of the net with the keeper diving out of the way.
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GOAL! 1-1. Mitroglou steps up and coolly waits for the keeper to dive to his left before sticking it the other side.
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GOAL! 1-0 CR. Borges steps up and hammers it high and true.
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Costa Rica to take the first kick. Borges is set...
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It looks like Greece coach Fernando Santos has been sent from the touchline. Yet more drama with his side set to take penalties!
120+2'
FT after ET. We will have penalties.
120+2'
Mitroglou latches onto a flick on and sees his shot brilliantly saved by the keeper! Astonishing stuff.
120+1'
Poor delivery by Holebas. All eyes on the referee now. Two minutes added as a Samaras cross is cleared.
120'
Corner to Greece. Seconds left... Surely not again?
119'
Mitroglou jinks in from the left with a stepover but then flashes well wide. Penalties are very much on there way....
118'
Holebas' set piece is cleared and when it's fed back to him he's flagged offside. More frustration for Greece.
117'
Greece corner. Can they make one of these count?
116'
Samaras glides down the left and chips a ball into the area but it's too close to Navas.
115'
The Greeks are swarming around that Costa Rica area. Tick tock, tick tock...
113'
Five Greeks break on two defenders from the corner... it's played to Christodoulopoulos who drills a shot at the keeper. They should have walked that in!
112'
Costa Rica showing a bit more going forward in this period. Cubero gets to the right byline and crosses for Campbell who can't flick it towards goal.
111'
Torosidis picks a poor moment to fire in his worst cross of the game. Goal kick for Costa Rica who are still trying to run out of the clock.
110'
Just ten minutes left as Greece turn the screw. Can they find that winning goal?
109'
Navas is down injured once again after taking a knock following that brave piece of goalkeeping. Will he be an even bigger hero if this goes to penalties?
108'
Katsouranis slips a slide-rule pass into the left channel for Gekas but Navas comes off his line to thwart the forward.
107'
Brenes gets in behind a complacent Greek defence but hammers his right-foot shot wide of the upright.
106'
Kick off: Second half in ET.
105'
HT in ET: Still 1-1. Penalties looming.
105'
Torosidis plays a low ball into Gekas who tries to flick it through for Mitroglou... superb defending again.
104'
We are edging close to penalties as this half comes to a close....
103'
A sudden spark from Costa Rica sees Brenes sneak in down the right, but his cutback is cleared away at the near post.
102'
Costa Rica have a free kick that Navas takes an age to take. He launches it way down the field, but it's coming straight back at them...
101'
Campbell looks shattered but Costa Rica need him to find a burst of energy. He's their main threat and only attacker now they are down to 10-men.
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Joel Campbell has completed 3 take-ons so far; no player on the pitch has completed more. #CRC http://t.co/PS5dIX239n

100'
Katsouranis gets a sight of goal but it's superbly blocked just as he was about to pull the trigger.
98'
Brenes blocks Holebas' cross and concedes the corner... It's scrappy in the area and Papastathopoulos stabs over, but the referee had already blown for a free kick. Some respite for Costa Rica who are clearly trying to get to penalties.
97'
Greece are camped in Costa Rica's half. Samaras sets off on a mazy run but is well stopped by Cubero.
96'
A superb cross from the right is met by the merest of flicks by Mitroglou and Gekas can't react in time to turn it home.
95'
Campbell twists and turns 35 yards from goal but is well tackled by the evergreen Karagounis.
94'
Right now, he's the toast of Greece!
93'
The pattern seems set. Greece have their tails up and Costa Rica look physically and mentally shattered.
92'
Torosidis whips in a cross that Umana gets a toe to and it just evades Gekas.
91'
EXTRA TIME: Greece kick off.
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You never know, it might be an action-packed period of extra time... then again....

EXTRA TIME: Millions are delighted that the evening's game is extended an extra half hour. Billions of others much less convinced. #CRC #GRE

90+6'
We will have extra time after Greece levelled it at the death!
90+5'
Navas has down for the last minute. Is this time wasting or is he really hurt? He's clutching his arm but is up and ready for the corner now.
90+3'
GREECE CHANCE! Mitroglou glances a header at goal and Navas tips it over the top!
90+2'
That was his first goal for Greece. What a time to get it... Now can they get a sensational winner?
90+1'
 
GOAL! Greece level it!!!!! Papastathopoulos pounces on the rebound after Gekas' shot on the turn was beaten out by the keeper. Extra time beckons.
Greece Goal

Right Footed - Top Right

90+1'
FIVE minutes have been added.
90'
 
Navas booked for time wasting. He won't care if his team see this out.
89'
Everyone back in their own half for Costa Rica. They are so close now. Can Greece do a Holland and comeback from the dead?
88'
CLOSE! Christodoulopoulos glides to the right byline and drills a low ball towards Motroglou who can't convert and Navas is able to gather.
87'
Karagounis is SO frustrated after conceding a free kick in the far left corner. Ruiz will waste a bit of time here.
86'
Ruiz and Brenes break down the left. The Latter clips a cross into the area but it's headed clear.
85'
A corner from the right can't pick out any of the blue shirts in the middle. One of these balls in will surely pay dividends... Costa Rica aren't learning their lesson.
84'
 
COSTA RICA sub: Brenes on, Bolanos off.
Costa Rica Substitution
83'
Torosidis floats a lovely ball over the top for Gekas but his touch eludes him and the chance goes begging.
82'
Holebas clips it in and Manolas heads well wide. He wants a corner but the referee isn't fooled.
81'
Another free kick to Greece. This time it's 40 yards out, slightly to the left.
80'
Karagounis shoots and it's an awful attempt. It curls at least 10 yards over!
79'
Karagounis shows some neat feet to earn a free kick 35 yards out. Time running out for Greece to rescue this.
78'
 
GREECE sub: Katsouranis on for Maniatis. Can he be the hero after the social media campaign against him?
Greece Substitution
Costa Rica Substitution
77'
 
COSTA RICA sub: Gamboa off, Acosta on.
76'
Duarte = Infamous.

1 - Oscar Duarte is the first #CRC player to be sent off in a World Cup game. Handicap.

75'
Holebas drills it low towards Gekas but he can't convert at the near post. The pressure down that left is building.
74'
Bolanos takes the free kick towards Ruiz but Manolas guides it clear.
73'
 
Manolas booked as he brings an abrupt end to a Costa Rica counter attack.
Greece Yellow card

Costa Rica

Greece

72'
Holebas marauds down the left and fizzes a low ball into the six-yard box but Gonzalez hooks it away. Superb defending.
71'
 
Ruiz is cautioned for kicking the ball away.
Costa Rica Yellow card

Costa Rica

Greece

70'
Greece starting to get more and more crosses in now with Christodoulopoulos guiding a deflected ball from the left off target.
Greece Substitution
69'
 
GREECE sub: Salpingidis off, Gekas on.
68'
Don't say that!

This has got late headed equaliser and #gre pens written all over it #crc #WorldCup2014

67'
Greece almost make them pay from the resulting free kick as Samaras glances a header wide.
66'
 
Duarte sent off! It's a second yellow for a late tackle on Holebas. Costa Rica down to 10-men.
Costa Rica Red card

Costa Rica

Greece

66'
 
COSTA RICA sub: Tejeda off, Jose Cubero on.
Costa Rica Substitution
65'
Approval.
64'
What can Greece do to turn this around? They've already had a great escape against Ivory Coast in the group stage. Do they have another surprise in them?
63'
As it stands, Costa Rica will face Holland in the last eight on July 5 in Salvador.
61'
It must be the least powerful goal from outside the area at this WC!

2 - Bryan Ruiz is the 2nd #CRC player to score from outside the box in the World Cup history, after Ronald Gomez in 2006. Mirror.

60'
We've seen very little response from Greece. They've made an attacking change but so far nothing in that final third.
59'
A screengrab of that penalty shout...
58'
Ruiz revelling in Recife!
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Bryan Ruiz has now scored 2 goals from 3 shots on target at the World Cup. #CRC http://t.co/L4ZX2H5NR5

Greece Substitution
57'
 
GREECE sub: Samaris off, Mitroglu on.
56'
Relief spreads across Twitter at that Ruiz goal!
Costa Rica Yellow card

Costa Rica

Greece

55'
 
The referee races to the dugout and books Oscar Granados, a substitute keeper! Strange!
54'
It should be a penalty as a cross from the right is touched by the hand of Torosidis. Greece escape!
53'
We needed that goal, we really did! And here come Costa rica again....
52'
 
GOAL! Ruiz opens the scoring with a shot from the edge of the area after Bolanos picked him out from the left. It lacked pace but completely fooled the keeper who thought it was going to fizz towards his right-hand post. It didn't and Cost Rica lead!
Costa Rica Goal

Left Footed - Bottom Right

51'
While we wait something interesting to happen(!) here's a photo from the first half.
50'
Karagounis sears it into the near post area where Papastathopoulos flicks a header way over the bar.
49'
Holebas is a threat on that left side for Greece. He works a bit of space once more but this time Costa Rica manage to block the cross. Corner ball.
Costa Rica Yellow card

Costa Rica

Greece

48'
 
Tejeda booked for a lunging tackle on Karagounis.
47'
Holebas whips a free kick from the left onto the head of Samaras who can only plant it straight into the arms of the keeper.
47'
A bit too close for comfort!
46'
KICK OFF! Greece restart this last 16 clash. Fingers crossed there's more excitement in this second period.
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My pre-match thought was that this would be a dour affair that goes to penalties. Seems like I wasn't the only one...

Can we just skip straight to the penalty shoot-out?

45+2'
HT: Greece 0-0 Costa Rica. Salpingidis had the best and only real chance of the half but his attempt was brilliantly kept out by Navas in the Ticos goal.
45+1'
Two minutes added.
45'
Samaris tries his luck from 35 yards and he really shouldn't have! It bobbles well wide and goes for a throw.
44'
It's not been the best half of football at this summer's World Cup. We really need a goal to get this going.
43'
Karagounis over it...He curls it to the edge of the six-yard box but it's too tempting for Navas and he comes and claims.
42'
 
Duarte booked. Free kick to Greece in a great position about 25 yards out to the far left of the area.
Costa Rica Yellow card

Costa Rica

Greece

41'
The Greek capital would have exploded if that Salpingidis chance had gone in.
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Amazing pic from Athens as thousands of fans get behind their team at Panathinaikon stadium (via @greekfooty) #GRE http://t.co/tgvEuuDZWK

40'
That was the standout moment of the half so far. Wonderful save.
39'
The resulting corner is fired into the mix but Navas is deemed to have been fouled and Costa Rica survive.
38'
STUNNING SAVE! A wonderful ball from the left is met by Salpingidis at the far post, but Navas somehow keeps it out.
37'
Bolanos arcs the free kick into the area but it's simple enough for a well-drilled Greek defence.
37'
 
Samaris booked for a late tackle on Campbell.
Greece Yellow card

Costa Rica

Greece

36'
Another long ball, this time by Gamboa, is aimed towards Campbell - but Manolas gets his body in the way and the Arsenal man can't sneak through.
35'
Gonzalez angles a raking ball from left to right but he doesn't give Ruiz a hope of getting to it. It's gone very scrappy after a bright-ish opening.
34'
This graphic sums it up.
33'
A long ball over the top towards Samaras is overhit and floats out of play. This game needs an injection of something to get it going. A goal would do nicely!
32'
Gamboa loves to get forward and wins another corner for Costa Rica on the right. Campbell fires it in but Karnezis claims with relative ease.
31'
Holebas floats a dangerous ball towards Samaras who is caught offside. There are some daner signs for Ticos. They aren't handling the Celtic man.
30'
Karagounis shoots from 30 yards... good hands from Navas as it bounced in front of him.
29'
Christodoulopoulos dummies a cross and cuts in from the left, but Costa Rica double up on him and manage to block him off.
28'
The diagonal ball towards Samaras is causing some issues for Ticos.
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Georgios Samaras has won the same number of headed duels as he's completed passes so far (3). #GRE http://t.co/avmSAbifis

27'
STAT: The last team from CONCACAF to go further than the last 16 at the World Cup are the USA in 2002.
26'
Karagounis corner is met by Borges at the near post. It's commanding clearance and the danger passes for Costa Rica.
25'
Gonzalez is forced to concede a corner as the diagonal ball from left to right almost finds the run of Samaras.
24'
Karagounis runs into a challenge from Duarte and comes off worse, clutching his knee. He'll be fine to continue though.
23'
Bolanos fires it to the far post but it doesn't find a Costa Rican head and Greece breathe a sigh of relief.
22'
Bolanos will take it. Bit of a delay as the referee tries to sort out a few scuffles in the box.
21'
A short corner is worked to Campbell who skins his man before being upended by Karagounis just outside the area. It's on the edge of the box on the far right. Chance to dink one in.
20'
Ruiz and Gamboa combine down the right with the latter winning a corner.
19'
Campbell wins possession, sprays it out to the left and then darts into the middle. But he can't get on the end of the low cross that is easily hacked away at the near post.
18'
He must be confident then...

#GRE coach Fernando Santos’s contract expires tomorrow, and he’s said he doesn’t intend to extend it. A nice confidence booster for his side

17'
Greece look good down the left flank, but give it away on this occasion and Ruiz is fouled on the centre circle to half a Costa Rica break.
16'
Hopefully we will see some goals here. Greece's only clean sheet in nine matches at the WC came against Japan earlier in this tournament.
15'
Karagounis' delivery is met by Papastathopoulos who can only guide a header wide after readjusting his run.
14'
Greece earn the first corner of the contest. Karagounis will take it.
13'
DID YOU KNOW? Greece have only won two of their nine World Cup matches. Both of those were by a 2-1 scoreline against African opposition (Nigeria in 2010 and Ivory Coast in 2014). Those wins are the only games in which they have managed to find the net.
12'
Christodoulopoulos cuts in from the left but pulls his right-foot effort wide of the near post. It literally trickled out for a goal kick.
11'
Greece's number 10 has been around for a while...

Thrilling to see Giorgios Karagounis's international career still going. He won his first cap at the Battle of Plataea.

10'
This has been a bright opening from Ticos. It's been much more open than expected.
9'
Gonzalez drops one over the top for Bolaños but it's slightly overhit and Greece have a breather.
8'
STAT: Greece are the only nation in the last 16 that ended the group phase with a negative goal difference (-2).
7'
Ruiz picks up a loose ball 40 yards out and plays in Bolaños who sears a shot past the near upright.
6'
This is the first time that Greece have ever reached the knockout stage of the World Cup while Costa Rica have achieved the feat once before back in 1990.
5'
Campbell wins the ball in Greece's half and surges towards goal. But the Arsenal man's pass is overcooked and Ruiz can't make anything of it on the far right of the area. A better ball would have seen him in on goal.
4'
Gamboa motors forward on the right and gets the ball back off Ruiz before dragging a low effort well wide of the far post. Positive play from Ticos.
3'
No prior history to suggest who might have an upper hand here as this is the first ever meeting between Costa Rica and Greece.
2'
An early free kick on the right is whipped in by Karagounis. Costa Rica get it clear but only as far as Christodoulopoulos who flashes a shot over the top from distance.
2'
Could the memory of 2004 inspire Greece?

Greece are the only former European champions yet to play a World Cup knockout stage match. Greece lightning! #CRC #GRE

1'
KICK OFF! Costa Rica get us underway. Holland await...
20.55
STAT: Greece's seven wins at major tournaments have never been by more than one clear goal (four 1-0 victories and three 2-1 wins).
20.50
They are ready - are you? It's the tie no-one expected; Greece versus Costa Rica for a place in the quarter-finals.
20.45
A former Barcelona and Liverpool star is tipping an old teammate from his time in Greece to thrive today.
20.40
Will it be just like London buses for the Celtic man... STAT: Georgios Samaras' strike against Ivory Coast in Greece's final group game brought an end to a goalscoring drought of 1,478 minutes for his country.
20.35
The Greek players have been enjoying a lot of positive press in the last few days - and not all of it is down to their displays on the pitch.
Greece’s surprising request after turning down World Cup bonus

Greece politely declined their Prime Minister's offer of a bonus. What they asked for in its place will both surprise and impress you. Continue reading →

20.32
Can the Costa Rica custodian maintain his imperious record?
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Keylor Navas has saved 7 of the 8 shots on target he's faced at the World Cup so far. #CRC http://t.co/CD48ufSruC

20.30
STAT: Costa Rica conceded the equal fewest goals in the group stage along with Mexico and Belgium.

0 - #CRC are yet to concede a goal from open play at this World Cup, the only one they have let in being Edinson Cavani’s penalty. Security.

20.25
While we get ready for Costa Rica v Greece, why not have a read of our report on the side awaiting them in the last eight: Dutch break Mexican hearts with late double... Stats, ratings, MOTM and key moments.
REPORT: Dutch break Mexican hearts with late double

The Netherlands pulled off a staggering late comeback to beat Mexico 2-1 in Fortaleza and make the quarter-finals of the World Cup.

20.22
Rio in photos...
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360 PICS: Our photographers have been out taking in Rio. Enjoy our exclusive #WorldCup images http://t.co/gS4WL40n3y http://t.co/7J8UfsM92p

20.20
Jorge Pinto: "We are really doing our job, we're writing history of football for our country. We came here with the tag of dark horses, and we've surprised the world. Since we came here we've trusted in ourselves, we have no ceiling for our performance. I can't tell you how far we're going to go, but we want to go as far as possible."
20.16
SPOTLIGHT: Player comparison.
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GRAPHIC: Giancarlo Gonzalez vs Kostas Manolas - World Cup 2014 statistics #CRCvsGRE http://t.co/I4BOd2ifii

20.15
Fernando Santos: "We showed against Ivory Coast how well we can defend but also how good we can be in attack. We created a lot of chances and we kept attacking until the end. Even when we conceded the 74th minute equaliser, we continued to attack."
20.11
Everton's Bryan Oviedo has tweeted his support for his countrymen. The Toffees full back missed the World Cup as a result of a broken leg suffered in an FA Cup tie with Stevenage back in January.
20.10
The winner of this one will face Holland in Salvador on July 5 after the Dutch needed late, late goals from Sneijder and Huntelaar (pen) to secure a 2-1 comeback victory against Mexico. Giovani dos Santos had given El Tri the lead early in the second period with a stunning 25-yard drive.
20.05
TEAMS - GREECE: Karnezis, Maniatis, Manolas, Samaris, Karagounis, Salpingidis, Torosidis, Lazaros, Sokratis, Cholevas, Samaras. /// COSTA RICA: Navas; Gonzalez, Duarte, Gamboa, Umaña, Diaz; Borges, Bolanos, Tejeda; Ruiz; Campbell.
20.00
Good evening and welcome to live coverage of the last 16 showdown between Greece and Costa Rica in Recife. Kick off 9pm BST.
Goalkeepers
GOALKEEPERS
Goalkeepers G SAV GC GK FC FS Y R PEN Mins
K. Navas 0 7 1 20 0 0 1 0 0 120
Defenders
DEFENDERS
Defenders G GA SHO TA CLR COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
Júnior Díaz 0 0 0 1 7 0 0 2 0 0 0 120
Giancarlo González 0 0 1 1 8 0 1 0 0 0 0 120
Michael Umaña 0 0 0 3 11 0 2 0 0 0 0 120
C. Gamboa 0 0 1 4 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 77
O. Duarte 0 0 0 1 2 0 3 0 0 1 0 66
Midfielders
MIDFIELDERS
Midfielders G GA SHO PAS FK COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
B. Ruiz 1 0 1 40 0 0 2 2 1 0 0 120
C. Borges 0 0 1 38 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 120
Christian Bolaños 0 1 1 18 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 83
Yeltsin Tejeda 0 0 0 24 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 66
Forwards
FORWARDS
Forwards G GA SHO PAS FK COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
J. Campbell 0 0 0 24 0 3 3 7 0 0 0 120
Goalkeepers
GOALKEEPERS
Goalkeepers G SAV GC GK FC FS Y R PEN Mins
O. Karnezis 0 0 1 8 0 0 0 0 0 120
Defenders
DEFENDERS
Defenders G GA SHO TA CLR COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
V. Torosidis 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 2 0 0 0 120
Sokratis 1 0 2 3 10 0 1 1 0 0 0 120
J. Holebas 0 0 0 4 1 4 0 3 0 0 0 120
K. Manolas 0 0 1 2 11 0 4 1 1 0 0 120
Midfielders
MIDFIELDERS
Midfielders G GA SHO PAS FK COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
L. Christodoulopoulos 0 0 5 37 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 120
G. Karagounis 0 0 3 78 1 5 3 4 0 0 0 120
G. Maniatis 0 0 0 52 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 78
D. Salpingidis 0 0 1 14 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 69
A. Samaris 0 0 0 30 0 0 2 1 1 0 0 58
Forwards
FORWARDS
Forwards G GA SHO PAS FK COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
G. Samaras 0 0 2 36 0 0 1 4 0 0 0 120
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