Live Commentary: Costa Rica 1-1 Greece (Costa Rica win on penalties) - as it happened
Relive Costa Rica's penalty shootout victory over Greece as the Central Americans reach the quarter-finals of the World Cup for the first time.
By Barney Corkhill, Assistant Editor Filed: Sunday, June 29, 2014 at 20:00 UK
Last Updated: Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at 08:03 UK
Costa Rica booked their place in the quarter-finals of the World Cup this evening with a dramatic penalty shootout victory over Greece in Recife.
The Central Americans took the lead shortly after the break when Bryan Ruiz found the bottom corner from the edge of the box, but Greece forced extra time with a last-gasp equaliser in second-half stoppage time after Costa Rica had a man sent off.
The extra 30 minutes remained goalless before Keylor Navas made a crucial stop in the shootout, allowing Michael Umana to win the game for Costa Rica.
You can read how an absorbing match unfolded with Sports Mole's live minute-by-minute coverage below.
8pmGood evening! Thank you very much for joining Sports Mole for the fourth match of the World Cup last 16 as two surprise packages, Costa Rica and Greece, go head to head in Recife. Not many people predicted this as a knockout game before the tournament began, and one of these sides will be celebrating a first ever appearance in the quarter-finals of a World Cup by the end of play tonight. It is Netherlands who await them after a dramatic late victory over Mexico in the earlier game today, so both sides will be fighting for a date with the Dutch. Let's start with a look at both teams...
8.02pmTEAM NEWS: As expected, Costa Rica have reverted back to the starting XI that faced and beat Italy in their second match, with Umana and Bolanos returning in place of Miller and Brenes. There is also a change for Greece, who bring in one new face from the side that beat Ivory Coast to book their spot in the last 16. Samaris comes into the side, while goalkeeper Karnezis is passed fit to play. Full teams for both sides coming right up...
8.06pmSo, what can we make of those two starting lineups? Well, Jorge Luis Pinto was always expected to move back to the same XI that performed so well for his side against both Uruguay and Italy, although it was something of a surprise that he only made two changes for the England game despite having qualification sewn up. Regardless, Umana and Bolanos come back into the team today, with Miller and Brenes dropping out from that goalless draw with England.
8.08pmSpeaking of Umana, the experienced defender will make a little slice of history for his country today as he appears in his sixth World Cup match, equalling the national record. He has been part of a very solid back line so far in Brazil and will be confident of helping them to a third clean sheet in a row, although he did miss out on the England one. A good performance from him tonight could help to ensure that he breaks the national record in the quarter-finals.
8.10pmThe man behind Umana is arguable Costa Rica's most important player at this World Cup. Keylor Navas had a superb season in La Liga last term and has carried that form into the World Cup so far. The athletic shot-stopper is yet to be beaten in open play in Brazil, with Cavani's penalty in the opening game the only goal that any side has scored past Costa Rica so far. He has saved the other seven shots on target that he has faced at this World Cup.
8.12pmAt the other end, the biggest threat to Greece's defence will come from Joel Campbell, who has been something of a breakout star at this World Cup so far. The Arsenal man has inside knowledge on a few of the opposition players today having spent last season on loan at Olympiacos, but he will first be looking at his own game to ensure that he returns to his best form. He was ineffective in an admittedly lacklustre Costa Rican display against England, so he will want a repeat of his performances against Italy and Uruguay rather than a repeat of that game.
8.14pmBryan Ruiz is another man that Greece will need to keep a close eye on, with the attacking midfield capable of pulling the strings from the middle of the park if given enough space to do so. Campbell operates as a lone striker but Ruiz is responsible for giving him as much support as possible, and he is capable of scoring too as he showed with the only goal of the game against Italy.
8.16pmGreece will be confident of dealing with the danger is their usual way, however. The Europeans are a defensive outfit whose first priority in a match is usually to keep a clean sheet rather than outscore their opponents. The experience and organisation in their squad means that they are very tough to break down, and Costa Rica will have to find a way through what will surely be a stubborn back line tonight.
8.18pmFurther forward, they have players who can control a game such as captain for the night Karagounis, who remains in the side despite the return to fitness of Katsouranis. There is no place for Kone, however, after he limped off in the win over Ivory Coast. He was replaced by Samaris on that occasion, and the sub went on to score - becoming the first ever Greek midfielder to find the back of the net in a World Cup match.
8.20pmThe winning goal in that game came in dramatic fashion and courtesy of a Georgios Samaras penalty deep into injury time. Samaras will once again be the key man for Greece tonight, and their chances of progressing could well lie squarely on whether he has a good game or not. The former Celtic man can be a real handful when he is on form, but he can also be something of a passenger at times when he is struggling to have an impact.
8.22pmAs unexpected as Greece's progression into the last 16 was, the biggest surprise package of the World Cup so far has been Costa Rica. The Central Americans were touted by many, myself included, as the whipping boys of Group D having been drawn alongside Italy, Uruguay and England in the group. However, they emerged unbeaten to top the pool and can feel safe in the knowledge that they are in the last 16 on merit. They deserved their victories over Italy and Uruguay, while the England game did not see them at 100% but they still managed to hold on for a goalless draw.
8.24pmWhen the World Cup draw was originally made it was expected to be a three-way shootout for progression into the last 16, but Costa Rica snuck under the radar and produced famous victories in their opening two matches - the first time they had ever won back-to-back World Cup games. They became the first team ever to face three former World Cup winners in the group stages, while only Brazil and Argentina before them have beaten two former winners in the same World Cup.
8.26pmThey have done it in style, too. Jorge Luis Pinto's side have been praised for their attacking intent throughout the tournament, with Campbell in particular providing an exciting threat up front. However, they have remained tight at the back as well, so much so that they have the joint-best defensive record at this World Cup alongside Belgium. Costa Rica can even edge that Belgian record of one goal conceded as the Central Americans have only been beaten from the spot thus far.
8.28pmPerhaps we should of seen such an impressive record coming. After all, they boasted the best defensive record in the last round of CONCACAF qualifying, conceding seven goals in 10 games as they finished second, four points behind USA. Incidentally, the last CONCACAF side to make it further than the last 16 of a World Cup was the Americans back in 2002 - another incentive for Costa Rica tonight.
8.30pmHowever, in truth Costa Rica's form has come out of the blue. They came into the tournament with just one win from their previous six matches, losing four and drawing one, while their last victory at the World Cup came 12 years ago when they beat China in 2002. They have flourished in Brazil so far, but it remains to be seen how they will adapt with being the favourites for a match like they are today. Jorge Luis Pinto likes his side to play counter-attacking football, but that may not be possible against Greece.
8.32pmOminously for Greece, Costa Rica do have a decent record against European teams at the World Cup. The goalless draw with England was the first time that they had failed to score against European opposition in their eight World Cup meetings, while they have won three, drawn two and lost three of their overall meetings - not too shabby considering the size and stature of the nation in footballing terms. They have also scored in nine of their last 11 World Cup outings, with the 0-0 draw against England again a rare exception to the rule.
8.34pmThey will also be more used to conditions in Brazil than their European counterparts - although that applies less to Recife, where storms are forecast tonight. As such, their ability to keep going could prove pivotal tonight, with 12 of their 16 World Cup goals having come in the second half of matches. Indeed, three of their four at this tournament have come in the second 45, while the other came right on the stroke of half time. Victory tonight would see this become Costa Rica's best-ever showing in a World Cup, beating their performance in 1990 when they were eliminated in the last 16 by Czechoslovakia. Four of the current squad members were not even born for that match.
8.36pmWhile Costa Rica need one more win for this to be their best World Cup, Greece can already boast that having emerged from the group stages for the first time in their history. This will be their first taste of World Cup knockout football, and they will be hoping to summon up a repeat of the heroics that led them to glory in the 2004 European Championship against all of the odds.
8.38pmThey reached the last 16 in the most dramatic of circumstances, and not without controversy either. They were awarded a debatable penalty in the 93rd minute of their final group game against Ivory Coast, allowing Samaras to demonstrate nerves of steel to put his side into the knockout stages at the expense of the Elephants. A victory was the only result that could have taken Greece through, and they defied the odds to get it having failed to impress in their opening two group games.
8.40pmIndeed, many thought that they were doomed following their 3-0 defeat at the hands of Colombia in their opening match. They recovered somewhat with a goalless draw against Japan in their next match before finally opening their World Cup account against Ivory Coast. In the end, they progressed having scored just two goals - unsurprisingly the fewest in the last 16 and a tally that was only better than Honduras, Cameroon and Iran - all of whom finished bottom of their groups.
8.42pmThey were also the only team to make it out of the groups with a negative goal difference, having ended the pool on -2. It is fair to say that they didn't exactly blow us away in Group C, then, but once again they ground out the results they needed to just about scrape through. That is what they did in 2004 and this current crop of players has been compared to those of 10 years ago. Of course, going all the way in Brazil as they did in the Euros would be an even greater achievement and is highly unlikely, but with perhaps the kindest of the last 16 matches they will fancy their chances of getting to the quarters at least.
8.44pmThey needed a playoff to even reach Brazil having finished second in their qualifying group, behind Bosnia on goal difference. They actually had a very good record in qualifying, dropping just four points throughout, but it was their lack of goals that saw them finish behind the free-scoring Bosnians. Their defensive record was only Spain could top during qualifying, and they eased through to the finals courtesy of a 4-2 aggregate win over Romania in the playoff.
8.46pmGreece are certainly not the most entertaining team to watch, but manager Fernando Santos has once again made them a tough team to beat. Indeed, the defeat to Colombia in their opening match of this World Cup is their solitary loss in their last six outings, while they have only lost two of their last 15, winning nine and drawing four. The same old problems continue to crop up, however, with Greece failing to score in four of their last six and only netting 16 times in those last 15 games.
8.48pmIndeed, they have never won at an international tournament by more than one goal, with four 1-0s and three 2-1s making up their seven victories. Only two of those victories have come at the World Cup, and both have been against African nations. They beat Nigeria four years ago and then, of course, edged past Ivory Coast in their last outing. Surprisingly, however, they have only kept one clean sheet in their nine appearances in the World Cup, and that came against Japan in their second group game this year.
8.50pmPREDICTION: Right, we're 10 minutes from kickoff in Recife, so it is time for a prediction! Both of these sides have been solid at the back recently and, while Costa Rica will be pushing for a goal more than their European counterparts, I am expecting a fairly low-scoring encounter on the whole. Things could change if the Central Americans get an early goal, but I would expect Greece to set up to frustrate their opponents tonight. I'll go for a 1-0 victory to Costa Rica.
8.52pmThe first ever meeting between these two sides could well be Fernando Santos's last match in charge of Greece - even if his side do win. His current contract expires on Monday, and he has previously stated that he does not intend on staying a day longer. Should he stick to his word there, then Greece could be manager-less for the quarter-finals, a bizarre scenario for a World Cup. However, Santos's comments would likely have been made without the expectation of his side making it to the last eight, so it would be a big surprise if he was to call it a day should his side win tonight.
8.54pmA reminder that the winner of this clash tonight will face Netherlands in the quarter-finals after their dramatic win over Mexico earlier today. Louis van Gaal's side scored two late goals to come from behind and beat the spirited Mexicans, who came so close to finally ending their run of last-16 exits. It certainly is a daunting task to come up against Holland, but it is a prize both of these sides will be desperate to win.
8.56pmHopefully this match follows in the spirit of what has been a superb, attacking World Cup so far. The teams involved are perhaps not greatly associated with such football - especially Greece - but this tournament seems to be inspiring sides to play with more freedom, and we could see more of that today. On paper it looks like a low-scoring encounter, but nothing is certain in this World Cup.
8.58pmWe're just about ready to go in Recife as these two relative minnows on the world stage go head to head for a place in the quarter-finals. Whoever wins will surpass their own personal best at the World Cup, so there is plenty at stake this evening.
1 minKICKOFF: Costa Rica get us underway in a stadium familiar to them after they beat Italy here to eliminate England from the World Cup and book their own spot in this last 16. Can they repeat those heroics tonight?
2 minIt is Greece who have made the brighter start here, winning an early free kick that fails to beat the first man. However, the ball only comes out as far as Lazaros, who fires a long-range effort comfortably wide.
4 minSteady start from both sides as they look to weigh each other up in the opening exchanges here. Still no hint of a chance for either side, and the possession has been fairly evenly shared.
5 minCosta Rica have their first chance to attack in the Greece third and it results in their first shot as the ball falls to Gamboa. However, the wing-back dragged his effort well wide when in a decent position.
7 minAs expected, Costa Rica are now seeing more of the ball and it is the Central Americans who are probing for a way through. The Greeks are leaving plenty of men behind the ball and not allowing Costa Rica any space in the middle, though.
8 minSHOT! Quick break from Costa Rica as a loose ball falls to Ruiz around 25 yards from goal. He slides a pass out to Bolanos on the left, but the winger's powerful effort from an acute angle flies a couple of yards over the top.
10 minGreece have been sloppy in possession so far tonight, gifting the ball back to Costa Rica whenever they have it. That is allowing the Central Americans to break quickly, which is where they will get joy against the well-organised Greek defence.
12 minSHOT! Good play from Lazaros here as he latches on to a Samaris pass on the left flank. He cuts inside and beats two men before lining up another shot from distance, only to drag it wide of the near post.
14 minIt has been a low-key start to this match, as was expected really. Neither side has been able to craft a really good chance yet, with the only efforts being fairly speculative strikes from range.
15 minBetter from Greece as they come forward through Lazaros and Samaras down the left. The latter plays a low cross into the box that is turned behind for a corner, from which Sokratis nods wide having stolen a yard on his marker.
17 minSo far, Greece are dealing with the Costa Rican wing-backs very well. They caused problems for Uruguay and Italy through Diaz in particular on the left, but he is yet to have a say on the attacking side of things tonight.
19 minA good spell of Greece possession is greeted with boos and whistles from the pro-Costa Rica crowd. However, the Europeans don't go anywhere with the ball and eventually lose it. Costa Rica then come forward, but the danger is cleared in the box with Campbell lurking dangerously.
21 minLovely play from Ruiz, who just back-heels the ball through for the overlapping Gamboa. However, Maniatis is alert to the danger and clears it behind for a corner. They play it short and Campbell runs at Karagounis, who brings the Arsenal man down right on the edge of the box. That was very close to being a penalty, but now they have a free kick in a good crossing position.
23 minSome pushing and shoving inside the box delays the free kick, but when the delivery eventually arrives it is inches away from being met by Gonzalez as Borges before travelling through to safety.
25 minWorrying moment for Greece as Karagounis goes down under the challenge on Duarte. The Greek skipper appeared to twist his knee in that tackle, which was a clean one, but he is quickly back up and will be able to continue.
26 minCosta Rica defend a Greece corner comfortably and then quickly look to break, with Campbell doing well to hold the ball up waiting for support. However, the counter breaks down with a poor attempted pass towards Borges, who would have been through had it been executed better.
28 minSHOT! We have a shot on target! The ball breaks to Karagounis around 25 yards from goal after good work from Lazaros on the left, and the skipper's effort bounces awkwardly in front of Navas. However, he holds on to the ball well to make a fairly routine stop.
30 minSamaras will be looking for some aerial joy in this match, and he almost gets some there as the ball arrives from the right wing. However, it is well defended, and the linesman's flag is up anyway. Poor from Samaras straying offside there.
32 minGreece come forward this time as Sokratis carries the ball a long way following a Costa Rican corner. His low cross is cleared as far as Samaris, who tries a long-range first-time effort across the floor. However, it hits Samaras on the way through, and the linesman once again raises his flag to bring an end to the attack.
34 minThis game could really do with a goal right now. It is lacking in quality and, with the way both sides are playing at the moment, it could take something special or a mistake to open things up here. James Rodriguez's volley did that for Colombia against Uruguay last night, and we could sorely do with something similar here.
36 minYELLOW CARD! The first card of the evening goes to Samaris, who slides in to bring down Campbell. He can have no complaints about that one.
37 minCHANCE! The best chance of the match be a million miles falls the way of Greece, who are denied by a superb stop from Navas. Holebas delivered a sublime cross towards the back post for Salpingidis to run on to, but his first-time finish is stopped by the feet of Navas. Brilliant save, and finally a bit of quality in this game.
39 minThat chance seems to have sparked Greece into life a little as they come forward again. They are denied once more by the offside flag, however, and it is more ill-discipline as they fail to hold their run.
41 minIt has been a pretty even first half so far, with neither side really able to gain the upper hand on their opponents. Greece have created the only real chance and perhaps should be in the lead because of that, but it remains goalless.
42 minYELLOW CARD! Oscar Duarte becomes the second name in the book for a cynical tug on Lazaros after he has misjudged the bounce of the ball. The Greek winger was racing through in a good position, but there was cover, so there is no question of it being a red. Greece now have a free kick in a very promising position.
44 minIt is poor from Karagounis, however, as he floats a cross into the box that is easy for Navas to come and claim. Good, confident goalkeeping from Navas again, but Karagounis could have made it harder for him.
45+1 minThe fourth official indicates a minimum of two minutes added time at the end of this first half.
9.56pmStill with us? Suffice to say that wasn't the most stimulating 45 minutes of action we have seen in this World Cup so far as Costa Rica and Greece play out a dull and largely uneventful goalless first half. Perhaps that is no surprise considering what is at stake for both sides, and it is certainly nothing more than we expected from the stubborn and defensive Greek side.
9.58pmBy far the best chance of the first half fell the way of Greece, who probably should be in the lead and certainly would be but for a fabulous save from Navas. Holebas pulled off a magnificent cross to Salpingidis at the back post and the striker could not have done any more with his finish, but he was denied by Navas's feet.
10pmThat was the only piece of real quality we saw in the first half, and certainly the only piece of proper goalmouth action. Both teams have had a couple of efforts from range, but nothing to unduly worry either keeper. Navas has had a routine stop to make in addition to that fine save from Salpingidis, but Karnezis has been a spectator for large spells of this game.
10.02pmFear not, though - there is still hope for this one to light up Recife. No fewer than 12 of Costa Rica's 16 World Cup goals have come in the second half, while Greece have never found the net in the World Cup before the 42nd minute. Add to that the fact that both sides will start to tire as the match goes on and that the second halves of matches at this World Cup have generally been full of drama and we still have promise of some entertainment this evening. A place in the quarter-finals is at stake and, while neither side wants to blow that chance, they will be even more disappointed if they lose it without ever really having gone for it. One team is going to have to become more adventurous sooner rather than later.
10.04pmGreece are doing a very good job in dealing with Costa Rica's attack at the moment, and their game plan is just about coming out on top at the moment. It may not be pretty or entertaining for the fans - who booed both sides off the pitch at half time - but it has served them fairly well over the years. Their 2004 success was built on defensive strength and if they are to get into the latter stages of this tournament then you;d suspect it'd be a similar formula.
10.06pmBoth sides are back out for the second half here, and there are no changes from either manager for the second 45. There will need to be a change of philosophy sooner or later, however, as I'm sure both sides will be keen to avoid penalties.
46 minKICKOFF: Greece get us back underway for the second half in Recife. A little less trepidation and a little more action, please!
47 minCHANCE! Half a chance early on for Greece as they win a free kick in a good crossing position. The ball is floated in towards Samaras, who climbs well but can't get enough power on his header, which is straight at Navas.
48 minYELLOW CARD! Early yellow card in this second half as Tejeda dives in to a challenge on Karagounis. The Costa Rica man gets to the ball first but also catches the Greek skipper, resulting in a harsh booking.
50 minGreece have made the brighter start to this half, although their main threat is coming from set pieces at the moment. Still, it is they who came closest to scoring in the first half and the Greeks again look more likely to break the deadlock in the opening exchanges of the second.
52 minHallelujah, we have a goal! It is Costa Rica's first real chance to attack in this second half, and they break the deadlock with it as Ruiz steers a low pass into the bottom corner with the keeper rooted to the spot. It must be said that it is against the run of play in this second half, but that is a huge moment in the match.
54 minSuddenly Costa Rica are in full flow. Torosidis are called upon to make a crucial interception at the back post before sliding in to block another shot from inside the box moments later. The goal has sparked Costa Rica into life, and it is just what they needed.
56 minThe replay of that 'crucial interception' from Torosidis actually shows that he handled the ball to prevent it getting to the Costa Rican at the back post. It appeared on first glance to have come off his head, but it turns out that it was a clear handball. That should have been a penalty!
57 minYELLOW CARD! The referee has spotted something on the bench and he rushes over to flash a yellow card to Esteban Granados, the sub Costa Rican keeper.
58 minGREECE SUB: A sign of attacking intent from Greece as Kostas Mitroglou comes on in place of Samaris. Can Fulham's record signing save the Greeks in the final half an hour?
60 minSo, what have Greece got in reply now. They have no choice but to commit more men forward in this final 30 minutes as they push for an equaliser, which should in turn create more space for Costa Rica on the counter. That goal has turned this match from a dull affair into a very intriguing one now.
62 minCosta Rica are certainly in no hurry now. They are happy to let Greece have the lion's share of the ball as they look to entice them out of their shape and hit them on the break. It is hard to see any way back for Greece if Costa Rica get a second, but the Central Americans are not taking any unnecessary risks.
64 minSamaras hasn't been too involved so far tonight, and that is something Greece will need to change if they are to get themselves back into this match. He has mainly been fed high balls to deal with and he may prefer more service to his feet.
66 minCOSTA RICA SUB: First change of the night for Costa Rica as Tejeda makes way to be replaced by Jose Cubero.
67 minOh what a big moment that could be in this match! Oscar Duarte receives his marching orders via a second yellow card for a challenge on Holebas. It was a genuine attempt to get the ball, but he mistimed his challenge and can;t have too many complaints about the caution. Costa Rica's job just got that bit harder.
68 minHalf a chance for Greece from the resulting free kick as the ball is played in to Samaras, who rises highest to flick an effort towards goal. However, he doesn't get enough on his header and it goes well wide for a goal kick.
69 minGREECE SUB: Greece look to make the most of their man advantage as Theofanis Gekas comes on for Salpingidis.
70 minCHANCE! Another hint of an opening for Greece as Lazaros steals into the area to pounce on a loose cross. The ball bounced to a heading position, but he gets his effort all wrong and sends it wide.
71 minYELLOW CARD! Another card for Costa Rica as Ruiz goes into the book for nudging the ball away after Greece had been awarded a free kick.
71 minReally good play from Samaras on the edge of the box as he dances his way into space for a cross. His dink towards the back post causes Navas to come out, and he manages to claw at the ball twice to deny three blue shirts queuing up in front of him. Good goalkeeping.
73 minYELLOW CARD! Manolas is the latest name in the book as he comes flying through the back of Campbell with a rash challenge. He did get the ball, but only after he went through the player.
75 minGreece are pushing for an equaliser now, and once again they get joy down the left flank. Samaras pokes the ball out wide to Holebas, who plays a low cross in towards the front post. Gekas is there, but he can't steer his effort goalwards under heavy pressure from the defence.
77 minCOSTA RICA SUB: Another change for Costa Rica as Gamboa is replaced by Johnny Acosta. Gamboa had been struggling down the Costa Rican right since the sending off, so that is just a move to deal with that problem area.
78 minGREECE SUB: Greece respond with their third and final change as Kostas Katsouranis comes on in place of Maniatis.
80 minAwful effort from Karagounis as he lines up a free kick in a really promising position. He strides up to it and fires his shot a long, long way over the crossbar. That was a real waste.
82 minGreece get another free kick, this time a little further out. Holebas floats the delivery into the area for Manolas to attack, but he can't get sufficient contact on the ball to trouble the keeper.
83 minTorosidis sends a magnificent pass around the defence for Gekas, whose first touch is sublime but second just gets away from him and goes behind for a goal kick.
84 minCOSTA RICA SUB: Third and final change for Costa Rica as Bolanos is replaced by Randall Brenes for the final five minutes or so.
86 minAn increasingly rare chance for Costa Rica to kill the game off as they win the ball high up the field, but some poor control from Brenes wastes a good position. He still manages to get the cross away, keeping the attack alive before Ruiz eventually wins a free kick in the corner. More chance to waste time here.
88 minCHANCE! Brilliant play from Lazaros on the right win as he shrugs off the challenge of Diaz before fizzing a dangerous low ball towards the near post. Navas can't cut it out, but it bounces off the shin of Mitroglou and falls kindly for the keeper, who gleefully grabs hold of it.
90 minYELLOW CARD! Navas is the latest man in the book, this time for time wasting as he looks to wind down the closing seconds of this match.
90+1 minGOAL! Costa Rica 1-1 Greece (Sokratis Papastathopoulos)
90+1 minIncredible! This World Cup continues to provide late drama as Greece level things up in second-half stoppage time. The ball was hoisted into the area and Mitroglou flicked the ball on for Gekas, who shot on the turn. Navas was there to make a fine stop, but the loose ball fell to Sokratis, who simply couldn't miss. What a time to score your first goal for your country!
90+3 minSAVE! Oh my word, Greece are pushing for the winner here and they almost get it! Mitroglou flicks a header towards goal that Navas has to be on his toes to tip over the crossbar. Superb save from the Costa Rica keeper, who has just kept his side in the World Cup. Unbelievable.
90+5 minWorrying moments for Costa Rica as Navas looks to have hurt himself making that save. He would be a huge loss to the Central Americans, but he looks like he should be okay to continue. We're into the last of five added minutes, but there should be some extra added on after that injury.
10.58pmIncredible scenes in Recife. Greece, who booked their place in the last 16 with a 93rd-minute winner against Ivory Coast, have left it late again to save their World Cup skins tonight. We are now heading to extra time after their late equaliser, and they almost got a winner as well. Even a game like this, which was short of entertainment for so long, has provided a moment like that. What a World Cup this has been!
11pmIt must be said that Greece deserved that equaliser, even if it is cruel on Costa Rica to be denied victory that late on. The goal had been coming and they created the best chances over the 90 minutes, with Costa Rica's only real chance being Ruiz's strike that gave them the lead.
11.02pmIt should not be forgotten that Costa Rica are down to 10 men here, making their task even tougher to progress now,. Their best chance may well be hanging on for penalties now, while Greece had the momentum at the end of the 90 minutes.
11.04pmThis has been a longer break than planned as the players get their fluids on board and recover as much as they can. They must be shattered right now, but the 21 players out there right now must do it for another 30 minutes with all subs having been made.
1 min ETKICKOFF: Greece get us back underway for the first period of extra time as they look to complete the turnaround.
1 min ETAlmost a perfect start to extra time for Greece as Torosidis plays a dangerous delivery towards the near post for Mitroglou. However, Umana gets a vital touch to the ball to take it through to his keeper, who collects.
3 min ETGreece are in control in the opening stages of extra time, as can be expected throughout. That red card for Costa Rica could well prove to be the most important moment of this match as they are simply now hanging on.
5 min ETCHANCE! Big chance for Greece as another fine delivery arrives from the right that Mitroglou attacks. He gets the slightest touch on the ball as it goes all the way through for Gekas, but the sub is not expecting it and can't react in time to turn it goalwards.
6 min ETReally good run from Lazaros as he skips past a couple of challenges to find space to cross from the right. However, having done all of the hard work his final ball is poor and cleared by the first man.
8 min ETIt really is all Greece at the moment, and they are getting most of their joy down the flanks. That is especially dangerous for Costa Rica considering that the likes of Holebas and Torosidis are starting to find their range with crosses into the box, firing some fine deliveries into dangerous areas.
10 min ETCHANCE! Big chance for Greece as Costa Rica fail to deal with a free kick from a good area. A mini-scramble ensues in the area and the ball eventually falls to Katsouranis, but Gonzalez makes a fine block to deny the Greek sub.
12 min ETCosta Rica may well be spent as an attacking force in this match. They are leaving Campbell as the solitary man upfield, and he is absolutely exhausted. He can barely run at the moment, and that is making it very hard for the Central Americans to make things stick.
14 min ETCosta Rica make a rare break forward as Campbell slips the ball through to Brenes, who tries to fire low ball across to Borges. However, Katsouranis comes back and makes a fine sliding interception to clear the danger.
15 min ETHALF TIME IN EXTRA TIME: Costa Rica 1-1 Greece
11.21pmSo far so good for Costa Rica in terms of holding on to this scoreline, but they are playing a dangerous game. They are exhausted at the moment and Greece are looking threatening with their crosses into the box. I'd expected at least one more chance in this match, but the 10 men of Costa Rica will be thinking more of keeping Greece at bay than getting a winner themselves at the moment.
16 min ETKICKOFF: Costa Rica get us back underway for the final time tonight and they almost score straight from kickoff as the ball is played forward for Brenes, who fires a half volley over the top.
17 min ETReally good goalkeeping from Navas as he is quick off his line to win a race to a through-ball from Katsouranis. Gekas left his foot in a little, but I suspect Navas is making the most of this one in order to give his tired side a bit of a rest.
19 min ETNavas is indeed fine to continue after a brief moment of treatment, which brings Costa Rica ever closer to penalties. They may not have wanted a shootout before the game, but they'd certainly take it now.
20 min ETThat would be some way to grab a winner! Costa Rica win a free kick after fine hold-up play from Campbell and, although the delivery is poor, it reaches Gonzalez at the back post. His first touch isn't great but it puts up invitingly for a bicycle kick, which goes tamely wide.
22 min ETSuperb from Cubero as he dribbles his way through a number of challenges on his way to the byline before cutting the ball back towards the near post. Campbell makes that run, but it is well defended and goes behind for a corner that is just about dealt with.
23 min ETCHANCE! Greece break in numbers from the resulting corner and they have five on two in their favour with Mitroglou on the ball. He slips it to Lazaros, but his low strike is well saved by Navas again.
25 min ETIt is fair to say that this match didn't promise much entertainment value and, for much of the encounter, it looked like shaping up like that. However, it is fast becoming yet another dramatic and entertaining encounter in this World Cup, which looks like being decided via a shootout.
27 min ETReally good defending from Brenes as he tracks the run of Holebas to make a vital sliding challenge inside the box, putting the ball behind for a corner. Costa Rica are edging ever closer to that shootout!
29 min ETThis has been a monumental defensive effort from the 10 men of Costa Rica in extra time. They have been under pretty much consistent pressure throughout yet are still holding firm against this Greek attack. They are helped by wasteful finishing like Mitroglou's here, though, as the Fulham man blasts an effort well over from the edge of the box.
30 min ETThe fourth official shows two added minutes at the end of extra time. These players are absolutely shattered out there!
30+1 min ETCHANCE! Huge chance for Greece to grab the most dramatic of victories! The ball is flicked on to Mitroglou at the back post and he gets the wrong side of his man before turning an effort goalwards. However, Navas is out and there yet again to make another magnificent stop. The keeper has made some crucial stops for his side tonight.
11.42pmPhew! What a breathless end to extra time that was! This one was a slow burner but it has not disappointed overall, with Greece grabbing a late equaliser in normal time and then almost winning it in stoppage time of extra time. It will go to penalties, however, and the form Keylor Navas is in you'd have to back Costa Rica really, even if they look dead on their feet out there.
11.44pmIt appears like Fernando Santos has been sent to the stands for the penalty shootout, although it is unclear why. He seemed to be having an argument with the officials, and he will not be allowed to watch on from the touchlines for the shootout.
11.46pmThe takers have been chosen and the keepers have said their final prayers for this match. We're all set for the second penalty shootout in as many days. Greek have never been taken to penalties before, while Costa Rica have lost their previous two shootouts.
11.46pmIt is Costa Rica who will start here, with Borges the first man up...
CRC - PEN ONEGOAL! Borges gets his side off to the perfect start with a fine penalty down the middle and into the roof of the net.
GRE - PEN ONEGOAL! Mitroglou, who was denied twice by Navas in the 120 minutes, calmly sends the keeper the wrong way with a fine penalty. 1-1.
CRC - PEN TWOGOAL! Ruiz, who scored his side's goal in normal time, makes no mistake as he fires it high into the net. Great penalty. 2-1 to Costa Rica.
GRE - PEN TWOGOAL! Lazaros is as cool as you like as he waits for Navas to commit before putting it into the opposite corner. 2-2.
CRC - PEN THREEGOAL! Once more, straight down the middle for Costa Rica as Gonzalez just about beats Karnezis, who has gone the same way every time. 3-2 to Costa Rica.
GRE - PEN THREEGOAL! Superb penalty from Holebas as he fires it right into the corner, beating Navas who guessed the right way. Some great penalties going on here. We're all square once more at 3-3.
CRC - PEN FOURGOAL! Campbell restores his side's advantage with a stuttering run up and cool finish into the bottom corner. Another good penalty, especially considering how tired he looked in extra time.
GRE - PEN FOURSAVE! Gekas becomes the first man to miss, but this is all about the save as Navas guesses the right way and gets a strong hand to the ball. Brilliant save from the keeper. Costa Rica will win if they score this next penalty...
CRC - PEN FIVEGOAL!Michael Umana is the man entrusted with the final penalty and he places it brilliantly into the top corner to book his side's place in the quarter-finals of the World Cup!
11.56pmCOSTA RICA ARE INTO THE QUARTER-FINALS OF THE WORLD CUP!
11.58pmCosta Rica set up a meeting with the mighty Netherlands in the quarters with a penalty shootout victory over Greece. What a dramatic match we've had in Recife this evening, and it has finished in the most dramatic way. It is devastating for Greece, but Costa Rica are going wild and their fairytale World Cup journey continues. They had five perfect penalties and that made the difference in the shootout.
12amRight, that is all we have time for this evening! Thank you very much for joining Sports Mole for what evolved into another superb match at this World Cup as Costa Rica booked their place in the quarter-finals for the first time in their history. Stick around for our match report, reaction, analysis and player ratings, which will all be on site shortly. The live action continues tomorrow, so check back in for that. From me, though, it is goodbye for now!