Jun 29, 2014 at 9pm UK at ​Arena Pernambuco, Recife
Costa Rica
1-1
Greece
Ruiz (52')
Duarte (42'), Tejeda (48'), Granados (56'), Ruiz (70'), Navas (90')
Duarte (66')
FT(HT: 0-0)
Papastathopoulos (91')
Samaris (36'), Manolas (72')
Costa Rica win 5-3 on penalties

Greece legend Giorgos Karagounis announces international retirement

Greece's midfielder and captain Giorgos Karagounis reacts during a Round of 16 football match between Costa Rica and Greece at Pernambuco Arena in Recife during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 29, 2014
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Greece legend Giorgos Karagounis confirms his international retirement following the team's defeat to Costa Rica in the last 16 of the World Cup.

Greece legend Giorgos Karagounis has announced his international retirement following the team's exit from the World Cup.

The Greeks were eliminated by Costa Rica via a penalty shootout on Sunday in the last 16 of the tournament.

Karagounis is the country's record appearance holder having won 139 caps during a 15-year international career.

"This was my last game for Greece," the 37-year-old midfielder told reporters. "We wanted to stay on another week or even longer but you can't change it now.

"The national team has grown up, younger players have won invaluable experiences. This is no small thing and, as we helped the team come of age, we hope it will continue to be as successful in the future."

Karagounis was part of the Greece squad that stunned the footballing world by winning the 2004 European Championship.

Greek national team midfielder Giorgios Karagounis takes part in a practice session in Chester, Pennsylvania, on June 2, 2014
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