Costa Rica went through pain and agony in the Pernambuco Arena this Sunday (29 June) but had its happy ending at the close, eliminating Greece on penalties and earning a spot at the quarter-finals of the World Cup. Playing (and feeling at home) before the 41,242 fans in attendance at the Pernambuco Arena in São Lourenço da Mata (metropolitan region of Recife), the Costa Ricans were first to move the scoreboard (Bryan Ruiz). The Greeks only managed to equalise right before the final whistle, at the 91st minute.
Even at numerical disadvantage (defender Óscar Duarte was sent off at the 71st minute), Costa Rica managed to hold its own during overtime and bring the match to penalties. During the shootout, the Costa Ricans converted all their shots and emerged victorious after goalkeeper Keylor Navas made a great save on the shot by Gekas. Umaña then scored and ended the shootout in 5-3, sealing the victory and sending the stands of the Pernambuco arena into thunderous roar.
The so-far World Cup sensation that eliminated world champions Italy and England, Costa Rica now faces off against Netherlands. The quarterfinals clash is scheduled for 5 July at the Fonte Nova Arena in Salvador.