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Costa Rica beats Greece in penalty shootout

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.

Greece's Orestis Karnezis reacts after conceding a goal to Costa Rica's Bryan Ruiz (unseen) during their 2014 World Cup round of 16 game at the Pernambuco arena in Recife June 29, 2014.   REUTERS/Ruben Sprich (BRAZIL  - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP)Greece's players celebrate their goal against Costa Rica during their 2014 World Cup round of 16 game at the Pernambuco arena in Recife June 29, 2014. REUTERS/Ruben Sprich (BRAZIL  - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP)Costa Rica's Yeltsin Tejeda (L) looks on after a foul against Greece's Giorgos Karagounis during their 2014 World Cup round of 16 game at the Pernambuco arena in Recife June 29, 2014. The foul resulted a yellow card for Tejeda.       REUTERS/Brian Snyder (BRAZIL  - Tags: ...Costa Rica's Keilor Navas (front) makes a save in front of teammate Giancarlo Gonzalez (3) and Greece's Konstantinos Mitroglou during their 2014 World Cup round of 16 game at the Pernambuco arena in Recife June 29, 2014. REUTERS/Ruben Sprich (BRAZIL  - Tags: SOCCER SPORT ...Greece's coach Fernando Santos (L) gestures next to Costa Rica's coach Jorge Luis Pinto (R) during their 2014 World Cup round of 16 game at the Pernambuco arena in Recife June 29, 2014.       REUTERS/Tony Gentile (BRAZIL  - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP)Greece's Giorgios Samaras (R) jumps for the ball with Costa Rica's Oscar Duarte during their 2014 World Cup round of 16 game at the Pernambuco arena in Recife June 29, 2014.     REUTERS/Tony Gentile (BRAZIL  - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP)Greece's Sokratis Papastathopoulos (L) celebrates scoring a goal during their 2014 World Cup round of 16 game against Costa Rica at the Pernambuco arena in Recife June 29, 2014. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj (BRAZIL  - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP)REFILE - CORRECTING CAPTION 

Costa Rica's players react as goalkeeper Keilor Navas makes a save against Greece's Theofanis Gekas during their penalty shootout in their 2014 World Cup round of 16 game against Greece at the Pernambuco arena in Recife June 29, 2014.      ...Greece's Vasilis Torosidis (L) celebrates the goal of his teammate Sokratis Papastathopoulos (not seen) during their 2014 World Cup round of 16 game against Costa Rica at the Pernambuco arena in Recife June 29, 2014.            REUTERS/Brian Snyder (BRAZIL  - Tags: SOCCE ...

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.

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