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Costa Rica beats Greece in penalty shootout

06/29/2014, 7:09pm EDT
By ASSOCIATED PRESS
Costa Rica tops Greece at World Cup

Costa Rica players form a team huddle before the start of the second half during the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between Costa Rica and Greece. ASSOCIATED PRESS

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.

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