By GERALD IMRAY

Costa Rica beat Greece in a penalty shootout last night to reach the World Cup quarterfinals for the first time after defending desperately with 10 men for nearly an hour.

Michael Umana scored the decisive penalty as Costa Rica won the shootout 5-3 after the game ended 1-1 following extra time.

Greece's Theofanis Gekas saw his penalty saved by Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas for the only miss in the shootout. Umana

scored and straight away sprinted over to where Navas stood to hug him after the goalkeeper kept Costa Rica's surprise run at the World Cup alive with a string of last-gasp stops through the 120 minutes.

Sapa-AP