World Cup Brazil: Costa Rica living the dream; Greece out after penalty shootout
By Frans van Hees | www.AboutBrasil.com | Week 27, June 2014
Rio de Janeiro — The
soccer team of Costa Ricashould prepare themselves for a quarterfinal against The Netherlands. In Recife, the Central American sensation of World Cup 2014 in Brazil could hold back
Greecewith only ten players. After 90 minutes and 30 minutes overtime the final score was a draw: 1-1. A penalty shootout should decide the outcome of this
second roundmatch. It was Theofanis Gekas missed at 4-3 for the Greek team and Costa Rica did not make a mistake so its <5>World Cup dream continues.
The first half resulted as expected in an insomnia therapy.
Long shots from Bolanos, Lazaros and Karagounis were the highlights for the 45,000 fans in Arena Pernambuco.
Costa Rica did not know what to do with the frequent ball possession. Greece looked at it from its usual hedgehog position, lurking on that one deadly counterattack.
Fortunately, in the 52nd minute, the magnanimous Bryan Ruiz scored the opening goal for Costa Rica.
The exhausted Costa Rica still has some energy left after winning penalty shootout against Greece
After some vicious but unpunished fouls, Greece was spared the potentially deadly 2-0. And after Duarte of Costa Rica was sent off after a second yellow card, Greece was hoping for more. The Greek powerplay against ten Costa Ricans barely provided opportunities though.
Until the 91th minute; outstanding goalie of Costa Rica Keylor Navas could save from a shot of Gekas, but stood no chance against the rebound of Sokratis: 1-1. Only a minute later, Navas prevented the match turning upsode down after a good attempt of Mitroglou.
The exhausted Team Costa Rica had only one aim in the extra time: reaching the penalty shootout by not receiving a goal against. Greece got two good opportunities but Navas saved his team against attempts of Lazaros and Mitroglou.
In the penalty shootout, until 4-3 no mistake was made. Then Gekas' penalty was stopped by hero of the day, Navas. Ultimately, Michael Umana brought salvation by kicking Costa Rica into seventh heaven...
Next Saturday, Los Ticos will play the
quarterfinal against The Netherlandsin Salvador.
Matches & Standings Second Round - World Cup 2014