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Costa Rica vs. Greece, 2014 World Cup: 10-man Ticos hold on to win on penalties

Costa Rica went down a man and conceded in stoppage time, but they held Greece scoreless in extra time to force a shootout. In penalties, they were perfect, winning 5-3 to break the 1-1 tie.

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Watch Costa Rica freak out after winning in PK's

Costa Rica wasn't supposed to make it to the World Cup quarterfinal, but they did -- and they're partying.

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Keylor Navas does it again

Keylor Navas was nearly perfect in Costa Rica's group stage wins over Italy and Uruguay. He was perfect in their draw against England. And on Sunday, he was spectacular again, denying Greece on numerous occasions to help guide his 10-man team to penalties.

It felt like the shootout was going to be Navas' moment to shine, and it was. He came up with an absolutely brilliant stop on Theofanis Gekas of Greece to give his team an advantage.

Costa Rica went on to win, making all five of their penalties. That save by Navas represented the only missed penalty of the entire shootout.

Here's Michael Umaña's winning spot kick.

For the first time in their history, Costa Rica are in the World Cup quarterfinals.

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Ticos clinch historic win over Greece

Costa Rica took the lead against Greece then saw themselves reduced to 10 men, with Greece equalising in the last minute. But the Ticos held on to clinch a win on penalties thanks to the heroics of Keylor Navas.

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Penalties, updating live

Costa Rica and Greece created plenty of scoring chances -- more than anyone assumed either would -- but they could only score one goal apiece. And even after an extra 30 minutes of soccer, they haven't been able to separate themselves, and head to penalties tied up at 1-1.

Bryan Ruiz scored the opening goal for Costa Rica in the 52nd minute, but a red card by Oscar Duarte 14 minutes later put the Ticos at a disadvantage. Sokratis Papastathopoulos struck in stoppage time to level for the Greeks, forcing a much deserved extra time period.

Strangely, Costa Rica did not spend extra time bunkering in and playing for spot kicks. Instead, they played their normal game, just with one fewer player. This left them open to countless Greek counter-attacks -- and really, Greece should have scored more than once -- but a combination of poor finishing and brilliant goalkeeping by Keylor Navas kept the score locked at 1-1.

At the end of extra time, Greece manager Fernando Santos got into an argument with the referee. He was sent off, but looked to have time to give instructions to his assistants before heading off the pitch.

As a reminder, penalties are best of five, and completed when one team is no longer mathematically able to beat the other in five rounds of penalties. If the teams are tied after five rounds, they go to sudden death, where each team takes a penalty until one team scores and the other misses in the same round.

This page will update each time a penalty is taken. Refresh for updated results.

Penalties

Celso Borges SCORES for Costa Rica
Kostas Mitroglou SCORES for Greece
Bryan Ruiz SCORES for Costa Rica
Lazaros Christodoulopoulos SCORES for Greece
Giancarlo Gonzalez SCORES for Costa Rica
Jose Holebas SCORES for Greece
Joel Campbell SCORES for Costa Rica
Theofanis Gekas MISSES for Greece, saved
Michael Umaña SCORES for Costa Rica

Costa Rica defeat Greece 5-3 on penalties.

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Navas keeps Costa Rica alive

Keylor Navas was the La Liga Goalkeeper of the Year, has been outstanding in this World Cup and is now tormenting Greece.

The Ticos' goalkeeper made an incredible save in extra time to keep his country level when Greece looked all but set to take the lead.

Costa Rica have been the Cinderella side of this tournament in part because of Navas, and finished the match with 10 men so Greece should have been able to find a winner, but Navas ensured they wouldn't.

Now he has the chance to star in penalty kicks.

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Extra time for Costa Rica and Greece

One of Costa Rica or Greece is going to their first ever World Cup quarterfinal, but they'll need extra time to decide who progresses. They're tied at 1-1 after 90 minutes, and the Ticos are down to 10 men.

After a fairly uneventful first half, Bryan Ruiz put Costa Rica up early in the 2nd, scoring in the 52nd minute on a bizarre goal that the entire Greece defense and goalkeeper watched dribble into the back of the net. They looked like they'd hold on or maybe go on to score another until Oscar Duarte picked up a second yellow card, opening a window for Greece to score with a man advantage.

They got their goal eventually, but they needed as much time as possible to score it. Soktratis Papastathopoulos was the man who hit the back of the net in the 91st minute, leveling the match. Greece pressed hard for a winner while Costa Rica keeper Keylor Navas picked up a knock to his right shoulder, but they finished regulation tied at 1-1.

This doesn't look good for Costa Rica, especially if Navas is legitimately hurt. They need him to be at his best to win games even when they have 11 men.

Not sure exactly how extra time works? We have a rules explainer for you.

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Greece get another stoppage time miracle

In their last match, Greece won a stoppage time penalty to go from elimination to the Round of 16. And in this knockout game, they've done it again, scoring a 91st minute equalizer to force extra time against 10-man Costa Rica.

Keylor Navas did everything he could to keep the Ticos in front, but Greece just had too many bodies in the box. And that's a nice finish for a center back by Soktratis.

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Duarte sees red, Costa Rica down to 10

This isn't good for the Ticos.

Oscar Duarte was already on a yellow card, and he got a well-deserved second yellow for this. That takes Costa Rica down to 10 men, which is going to make it tough to defend their 1-0 lead.

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Costa Rica denied clear penalty

Costa Rica had just gone up 1-0 when Vasilis Torosidis missed a clearing header and handled the ball.

It was a clear penalty and a chance for the Ticos to just about wrap up a place in the quarterfinals from the spot, except for one little problem -- the referee didn't award the penalty.

The referee was on the other side of the field, as was his assistant, and the whistle never went for a handball. The Costa Ricans protested, with one bench player even earning a yellow card for his disagreement, but it didn't do them any good. The referee had already made up his mind -- even if incorrectly -- and the match continued on.

Right now, Costa Rica are in control and look likely to hold onto their 1-0 lead, but there is still more than a half-hour to play. Things can very well change and if the Ticos lose having been denied a clear penalty, the referee will be right back in the spotlight.

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Costa Rica lead on bizarre goal

Costa Rica lead Greece 1-0 through Bryan Ruiz and ... uh, did he mean to do that?

If he didn't mean to do that, hey, they all count the same. If he did mean to do that, standing ovation.

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Keylor Navas makes a gorgeous kick save

With 'Memo' Guillermo Ochoa now out of the World Cup, your leading candidate to make the tournament's best XI at goalkeeper is ...

Keylor Navas, come on doooooown!

He continues to be amazing. Unfortunately, Costa Rica's attack is not.

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Costa Rica stick with back five to face Greece

Greece have changed their side again as they face Costa Rica in a battle between two smaller teams in the first knockout round.

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Costa Rica vs. Greece will probably be cagey

Two of the tournament's surprise packages in Costa Rica and Greece meet on Sunday. Will we see as cagey an encounter as is expected, or will someone seize the initiative?

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