10-man Costa Rica edge Greece shoot-outs to reach quarters

Costa Rica

Costa Rica

Greece took 10-man Costa Rica into extra time, but Los Ticos won a dramatic penalty shoot-out and will play Holland.

Few expected either of these teams to reach the Last 16, but one of them will go through to face Holland in the quarter-finals. Los Ticos already knocked out Italy and England, finishing ahead of Uruguay in the Group of Death, while Greece saw off the Ivory Coast with a last-gasp penalty.

Orestis Karnezis shook off a back problem to start in goal, but Bologna’s PanagiotisKone was only fit for the bench.

Christian Bolanos blasted over and Georgios Karagounis ran a big risk when clattering into Joel Campbell right on the outside edge of the box. That free kick was whipped across, but nobody got a clean enough header to it.

Karagounis tested Keylor Navas from distance, but the goalkeeper was forced into a splendid save as he rushed out to charge down a Dimitrios Salpingidis volley from point-blank range.

Oscar Duarte pulled back Bologna’s Lazaros Christodoulopoulos for a booking towards the end of the first half, but the free kick was wasted.

Costa Rica knew they had to take the initiative and it paid off, as captain Bryan Ruiz horribly scuffed his shot from the edge of the box, but it worked in hisfavour, wrong-footing the goalkeeper to roll into the opposite corner. It was his second goal of the World Cup, as he also scored against Italy.

Roma full-back Vasilis Torosidis charged down a Bolanos effort moments later, but replays showed he got away with a handling offence in the box that should’ve been a penalty. He reached out an arm to redirect a cross.

Just as Costa Rica seemed to be in control, they went down to 10 men when Duarte completely mistimed his lunging tackle on Jose Cholevas for a second bookable offence.

Greece needed to step up and Samaras nodded wide from a free kick, while Theofanis Gekas couldn’t get clean contact to a smart Cholevas cross. Karagounis and Konstantinos Manolas turned over from set plays, but Navas was only ever really threatened on 87 minutes when Mitroglu’s first touch let him down on a Christodoulopoulos cross.

However, in stoppages Greece again showed their never-say-die attitude. Navas beat away a Gekas strike, but only into the path of ex-Genoa defender Sokratis Papasthatopoulos for his first ever international goal.

It was almost 2-1 for Greece, as Navas flew to flick a Mitroglu header out from under the crossbar.

Going into extra time, Gekas nodded wide from a deflected Torosidis cross and a desperate Giancarlo Gonzalez block stopped Katsouranis’ shot from seven yards.

It was all Greece now, but Costa Rica threatened on the counter with a Randall Brenes pull-back intercepted by Katsouranis and Brenes going for goal himself.

Navas bravely rushed off his line to smother at the feet of Gekas and then beat away a Christodoulopoulos angled drive on a five against two counter-attack from Costa Rica’s corner. It was a huge opportunity wasted by the Bologna man.

Mitroglu thought he had won it at the 121st minute, but Navas rushed off his line to deflect the volley with his thigh from point-blank range.

These two exhausted teams couldn’t be separated, so this tie had to be decided on penalties. Bizarrely, Greece Coach Fernando Santos was sent to the stands before the shoot-out for dissent.

The first seven penalties were all converted successfully until Navas stuck up a hand to brilliantly save from Gekas. It proved decisive and Michael Umana kept his cool to fire in the winner.

Costa Rica 1-1 Greece (aet 5-3 on penalties)

Scorers: Ruiz 52 (C), Papasthatopoulos 91 (G)

Penalties: Borges (goal, C), Mitroglu (goal, G), Ruiz (goal, C), Christodoulopoulos (goal, G), Gonzalez (goal, C), Cholevas (goal, G), Campbell (goal, C), Gekas (saved, G), Umana (goal, C)

Costa Rica: Navas; Duarte, Gonzalez, Umana; Gamboa (Acosta 76), Ruiz, Borges, Tejeda (Cubero 65), Bolanos (Brenes 83), Diaz; Campbell

Greece: Karnezis; Torosidis, Manolas, Papasthatopoulos, Cholevas; Maniatis (Katsouranis 77), Karagounis; Salpingidis (Gekas 68), Samaris (Mitroglu 57), Christodoulopoulos; Samaras

Ref: Williams (AUS)

Sent off: Duarte 66 (C)

READERS COMMENTS

  1. askantwii says:

    GKevin Prince Boateng has called the entire Black Stars World Cup campaign in Brazil “amateurish” in his first full interview since being sent home from the tournament.
    In a no holds barred interview with German news outlet Bild,Boateng revealed the circumstances that led to the deterioration of order in the Black Stars camp and also denied ever being rude to Kwasi Appiah.
    “I am very, very disappointed. It just wasn’t a good time.
    The nightmare lasted from the first day of the preparations until the very end.
    I would never have thought that the preparations and the World Cup itself could be so badly organized. The hotels, the flights – everything was amateurish.
    We flew from our first training camp in Amsterdam to Miami. But we flew in two groups, because apparently there wasn’t enough space for all of us. One group went via Atlanta, the other one via New York. We sat at the airport for nine hours and the whole trip was 19 hours. And…
    The flight from Miami to Brazil a week later was 12 hours. We flew economy class, all cramped. The legs hurt. It may sound weird for normal people, but for professional sportsmen it’s an impertinence.
    Our president [GFA president], his wife and his two kids sat in business class on the same flight. In Brazil we finally got a chartered flight. But then the officials managed to lose my luggage somehow. I didn’t have my football boots for some days, no tapes, nothing. It was disastrous.
    The only hotel were we could really prepare in was the one in Miami. We moved in there after we complained because the players didn’t want to stay at the other one.
    Boateng also told Bild the team’s accommodation before the 2-1 loss to USA was less than satisfactory.
    “Before the first WC game against USA we slept at a hotel, I call it a fleabag, which was definitely not recommended by FIFA. There was a severe water damage, the rooms were wet. I had to change rooms, my room had turned into a private swimming-pool because of the water dripping from the ceiling. ”
    The Schalke star also laid into coach Kwesi Appiah,revealing he had been led to believe he would have a starring role with the team and was surprised to sit out Ghana’s opening game.
    “Very surprised. It was him who kept talking about me as the leader and who had declared his confidence in me. I have never had a problem with him and I have always behaved positively. But if somebody asked me whether he is a good coach… No.
    No. But I respect him as a person, like I respect everyone. I have always accepted and respected all decision that he made. I’m just wondering why he begged me to play for Ghana when I was still at AC Milan. Then I make a comeback and suddenly I’m not playing anymore. The president was at one of these talks as well. He gave me his word that we were going to have better travel, better organization and better preparation. He didn’t keep the promise. In the end I was just dissatisfied.
    On the issue of bonuses which sparked an international media frenzy,Boateng said it was the least of the team’s problems during the World Cup.
    “No. That has become part of it and it’s nearly normal. That was the smallest problem. But everything kept stacking up over the whole month. It was catastrophic. The practice conditions, sleeping conditions, everything. I just wonder where all the money goes.
    The GFA makes so much money from sponsors, through FIFA. And it’s certainly not spent on hotels, flights, the squad and the preparations. ”
    Boateng also spoke of the poor team spirit that existed among the playing” bodies and accused some of his team mates of being hypocrites.
    “No. It wasn’t a real team. Everyone was occupied with himself, everyone was talking bad about each other. There were two or three players who were happy about Sulley Muntari’s and my suspension. And those players exactly had told me that I was right about everything. Everyone knows that I have never insulted the coach. But they spoke against Sulley and me in front of him.
    But still, the GFA released a statement saying that you have insulted the coach. People started saying that Boateng couldn’t control himself once again.
    I don’t care about that at all. I’m very relaxed because I know for a fact that I have not done anything like that. ”
    No human being is perfect. But again: No. I have just stated my opinion. There was no player who was happy. We had a perceived 100 meetings with the delegation. We told them that there are countless things that need to be changed. That’s why I’m an easy prey. ”
    Boateng also said he was an easy scape goat to have because he always spoke his mind on issues and this did not go down well with officials whilst also explaining his side of the story in the incident that led to him being kicked out.
    “Because I said to their faces that they are liars who permanently make promises that they never keep. We were lied to constantly.
    Like I have said before: Sulley and I were joking around at practice. The coach stopped, we said everything was OK. Suddenly I had to go to the locker room. Later I asked the coach whether he had something against me. He shouted at me and insulted me, for example by saying “Fuck off”. Due to the rush there was a mix-up with dates. The incident happened four days before my suspension.
    If I had insulted the coach back then, why was I suspended much later on Thursday?
    “On Wednesday there was another meeting with the delegation. That’s when I told the officials that they were lying to us, that they were making hollow promises. Four days after the incident at practice and a day after the meeting I found a white piece of paper under my door, saying I was suspended. I think everyone knows the reason. The president just turned the tables.
    There’s no need to. They have basically thrown me out. I love the country and the people. But under circumstances like this it’s hard for any sportsman to carry on. I will go on holidays right now and I’ll return to Schalke with full force in mid-July. I’ll take it from there.”l

  2. askantwii says:

    Kevin Prince Boateng has called the entire Black Stars World Cup campaign in Brazil “amateurish” in his first full interview since being sent home from the tournament.
    In a no holds barred interview with German news outlet Bild,Boateng revealed the circumstances that led to the deterioration of order in the Black Stars camp and also denied ever being rude to Kwasi Appiah.
    “I am very, very disappointed. It just wasn’t a good time.
    The nightmare lasted from the first day of the preparations until the very end.
    I would never have thought that the preparations and the World Cup itself could be so badly organized. The hotels, the flights – everything was amateurish.
    We flew from our first training camp in Amsterdam to Miami. But we flew in two groups, because apparently there wasn’t enough space for all of us. One group went via Atlanta, the other one via New York. We sat at the airport for nine hours and the whole trip was 19 hours. And…
    The flight from Miami to Brazil a week later was 12 hours. We flew economy class, all cramped. The legs hurt. It may sound weird for normal people, but for professional sportsmen it’s an impertinence.
    Our president [GFA president], his wife and his two kids sat in business class on the same flight. In Brazil we finally got a chartered flight. But then the officials managed to lose my luggage somehow. I didn’t have my football boots for some days, no tapes, nothing. It was disastrous.
    The only hotel were we could really prepare in was the one in Miami. We moved in there after we complained because the players didn’t want to stay at the other one.
    Boateng also told Bild the team’s accommodation before the 2-1 loss to USA was less than satisfactory.
    “Before the first WC game against USA we slept at a hotel, I call it a fleabag, which was definitely not recommended by FIFA. There was a severe water damage, the rooms were wet. I had to change rooms, my room had turned into a private swimming-pool because of the water dripping from the ceiling. ”
    The Schalke star also laid into coach Kwesi Appiah,revealing he had been led to believe he would have a starring role with the team and was surprised to sit out Ghana’s opening game.
    “Very surprised. It was him who kept talking about me as the leader and who had declared his confidence in me. I have never had a problem with him and I have always behaved positively. But if somebody asked me whether he is a good coach… No.
    No. But I respect him as a person, like I respect everyone. I have always accepted and respected all decision that he made. I’m just wondering why he begged me to play for Ghana when I was still at AC Milan. Then I make a comeback and suddenly I’m not playing anymore. The president was at one of these talks as well. He gave me his word that we were going to have better travel, better organization and better preparation. He didn’t keep the promise. In the end I was just dissatisfied.
    On the issue of bonuses which sparked an international media frenzy,Boateng said it was the least of the team’s problems during the World Cup.
    “No. That has become part of it and it’s nearly normal. That was the smallest problem. But everything kept stacking up over the whole month. It was catastrophic. The practice conditions, sleeping conditions, everything. I just wonder where all the money goes.
    The GFA makes so much money from sponsors, through FIFA. And it’s certainly not spent on hotels, flights, the squad and the preparations. ”
    Boateng also spoke of the poor team spirit that existed among the playing” bodies and accused some of his team mates of being hypocrites.
    “No. It wasn’t a real team. Everyone was occupied with himself, everyone was talking bad about each other. There were two or three players who were happy about Sulley Muntari’s and my suspension. And those players exactly had told me that I was right about everything. Everyone knows that I have never insulted the coach. But they spoke against Sulley and me in front of him.
    But still, the GFA released a statement saying that you have insulted the coach. People started saying that Boateng couldn’t control himself once again.
    I don’t care about that at all. I’m very relaxed because I know for a fact that I have not done anything like that. ”
    No human being is perfect. But again: No. I have just stated my opinion. There was no player who was happy. We had a perceived 100 meetings with the delegation. We told them that there are countless things that need to be changed. That’s why I’m an easy prey. ”
    Boateng also said he was an easy scape goat to have because he always spoke his mind on issues and this did not go down well with officials whilst also explaining his side of the story in the incident that led to him being kicked out.
    “Because I said to their faces that they are liars who permanently make promises that they never keep. We were lied to constantly.
    Like I have said before: Sulley and I were joking around at practice. The coach stopped, we said everything was OK. Suddenly I had to go to the locker room. Later I asked the coach whether he had something against me. He shouted at me and insulted me, for example by saying “Fuck off”. Due to the rush there was a mix-up with dates. The incident happened four days before my suspension.
    If I had insulted the coach back then, why was I suspended much later on Thursday?
    “On Wednesday there was another meeting with the delegation. That’s when I told the officials that they were lying to us, that they were making hollow promises. Four days after the incident at practice and a day after the meeting I found a white piece of paper under my door, saying I was suspended. I think everyone knows the reason. The president just turned the tables.
    There’s no need to. They have basically thrown me out. I love the country and the people. But under circumstances like this it’s hard for any sportsman to carry on. I will go on holidays right now and I’ll return to Schalke with full force in mid-July. I’ll take it from there.”

  3. Anokwale says:

    Okay Prince…You had the chance to play It cool and then point all this out later. Greece players did not bother with the bonus. You guys are silly.

  4. Mumbi says:

    Congrats 10 man- Costa Rica. 10- man Uruguay also did the same in RSA 2010 and out played ?????? until extra time ended @ 1all then went on qualifying to the semi-finals via penalties. Suarez played a key role despite being sent off. From that incident, Suarez was bewitched by the juju nation full of witch doctors eg. (NANA KWAKU BONSAM), to be biting opposing players in crusial games.

  5. Nabi says:

    I will be very disappointed if all KPB said about our preparations r true…Is Nyantakyi n co. telling us dat they learnt nothing from our previous participations at de mundial??.It appears we were doomed to fail ffrom de word go…Aside enduring de worst govt in our history,our fa got infected with clueless,adhoc leadership from de ministry…hmmmm no wonder de shamed minister has bn reassigned…Total disgrace….With our squad,we shouldnt ve had a problem qualifying from our grp…we need total overhaul n cleansing…AA must go,Nyantakyi must also go…we r fed up