Costa Rica 1 Greece 1 (Costa Rica wins 5-3 in shootout)
RECIFE, Brazil (AP) — Ten-man Costa Rica beat Greece in a penalty shootout Sunday to reach the World Cup quarterfinals for the first time.
Michael Umana scored the decisive penalty as Costa Rica won the shootout 5-3 after the game ended 1-1 following extra time.
Theofanis Gekas saw his penalty saved by Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas for the only miss in the shootout.
Costa Rica had taken the lead early in the second half of regulation time through captain Bryan Ruiz but then had defender Oscar Duarte sent off in the 66th minute.
Greece equalized in injury time of regulation time when Sokratis Papastathopoulos smashed in a rebound and finally made the team’s numerical advantage pay.
Costa Rica will play the Netherlands in the quarterfinals.
Netherlands 2 Mexico 1
The Netherlands Football team. Jun 2014 Credit: ATP/WENN.com
FORTALEZA, Brazil (AP) — Klaas-Jan Huntelaar scored an injury-time penalty Sunday to give the Netherlands a 2-1 win over Mexico and a spot in the World Cup quarterfinals.
The Dutch were awarded the penalty when Rafael Marquez took down Arjen Robben in the area.
Wesley Sneijder equalized for the Dutch in the 88th minute, just when it looked like the Netherlands was headed home.
Giovani Dos Santos scored for Mexico in the 48th, pouncing on a poor headed clearance, chesting down the ball and sending a left-foot shot through three defenders and into the corner of Jasper Cillessen’s goal.
Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa had kept his team in the match until Sneijder’s strike with two great saves.
Referee Pedro Proenca called for cooling breaks in each half on a hot afternoon.
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