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Costa Rica win on penalties!

Costa Rica are through to the quarter-finals after winning the shoot-out 5-4.

Here’s how the shoot-out panned out:

Borges (CRC) – scored

Mitroglu (GRE) – scored

Ruiz (CRC) – scored

Christodoulopoulos (GRE) – scored

Gonzalez (CRC) – scored

Holebas (GRE) – scored

Campbell (CRC) – scored

Gekas (GRE) – missed (saved by Navas)

Umana (CRC) – scored

Costa Rica win 5-4 on penalties


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Costa Rica 1-1 Greece

Kostas Mitroglu had a great chance to grab a winner but Navas again gets in the way and Mitroglu scoops the ball side.

And that’s that. Penalties.


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Extra time

Costa Rica 1-1 Greece

We’ve got another 30 minutes after that late Greek equaliser. Costa Rica look like they had held on, with keeper Keylor Navas in sparkling form. But the Greek pressure finally paid off.  Extraordinary stuff. Even a game that had produced little quality football has managed to produce sensational last-minute drama.

With Costa Rica down to 10 men, the momentum is now with Greece. But if the Ticos can take it to penalties, Navas might have the final say


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Costa Rica 1-1 Greece

  • Papastasthopoulos 90

Greece have snatched a dramatic late equaliser! Sokratis Papastasthopoulos turns the ball in after Costa Rican keeper Keylor Navas had pushed out a previous Greek effort. 


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Costa Rica down to 10 men

Oscar Duarte sent off after collecting a second yellow card.


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Penalty shout

Greece defender Vasilis Torosidis clears a cross with his arm. Lucky to get away with that. Kostas Mitroglu is on for Greece, with Salpingidis going off.


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Costa Rica 1-0 Greece

  • Ruiz 53

Bryan Ruiz hits low shot first time from the edge of the area, Greece keeper Karnezis doesn’t move.


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Half-time: Costa Rica 0-0 Greece

A disappointing half. Costa Rica failed to get a shot on target, though Joel Campbell has troubled the Greek defence some with of his approach play and Georgios Karagounis miraculously got away without a booking after taking out Campbell on the edge of the area. Greece had the best (and only real) chance of the half but Dimitrios Salpingidis’ close-range volley was brilliantly saved by Keylor Navas.


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Chance for Greece!

Costa Rica have had more of the possession but Greece have had the best chance of the half, Keylor Navas saving a close-range effort from Dimitrios Salpingidis with his feet. The cross was from Jose Holebas; it was another brilliant save from Navas.


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Costa Rica-Greece – the teams 


Here’s the team news ahead of this evening’s game in Recife. Greece coach Fernando Santos is sticking with the same line-up that started their final group match against Ivory Coast.

Costa Rica have Bryan Ruiz and Joel Campbell in the starting eleven but Ruiz is likely to start midfield, with a five-man defence and Campbell as the lone striker.

Costa Rica: Navas – Gonzalez, Diaz, Gamboa, Umana, Duarte – Tejeda, Bolanos, Borges, Ruiz – Campbell

Greece: Karnezis – Torosidis, Manolas, Sokratis, Holebas – Maniatis, Samaris, Karagounis – Lazaros, Salpingidis, Samaras


Full-time: Holland 2-1 Mexico

All over in Fortaleza. Holland have snatched a dramatic victory over Mexico in the dying second. It was desperately unlucky for Mexico, who looked to be heading into the quarter-finals for the first time outside their own country. But credit to Holland coach Louis Van Gaal for gambling on the substitution of Van Persie with Huntelaar.


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Holland 2-1 Mexico

  • Huntelaar 90

Holland have won it at the death! Substitute Klaas-Jan Huntelaar puts his spot-kick into the bottom left-hand corner.


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And Holland have a penalty in the last minute after Robben was tripped by Marquez.


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Holland 1-1 Mexico

  • Sneijder 88

Holland have equalised! A scorching volley from Wesley Sneijder with two minutes of normal time remaining. The ball from a corner was cleared to Sneijder on the edge of the area. H smashed the ball past Ochoa, who has finally been beaten. Van Gaal’s gamble of taking off Van Persie and keeping Sneijder on has paid off in spectacular style.


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Holland go close!

A great save from Mexico keeper Guillermo Ochoa to deny Stefan De Vrij from close range from a corner. This is bubbling up nicely. Holland have brought on Memphis Depay for Paul Verhaegh as they seek the equaliser.


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Holland 0-1 Mexico

  • Dos Santos 48

Mexico have taken the lead at the start of the first half, a long-range shot from Giovani Dos Santos flies past the outstretched Jasper Cliessen.


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Second half: Holland 0-0 Mexico

We’re back underway in Fortaleza. Mexico have made a change, replacing Hector Moreno, who was injured while stopping Arjen Robben at the end of the first half, with Diego Reyes.


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Half-time: Holland 0-0 Mexico

Goalless at the break in Fortaleza. The intense heat has inevitably had an effect on the pace of the game. Mexico have enjoyed more opportunities, with Hector Herrera finding space but shooting wide, and then drawing a cute save from Jasper Cliesson after a run into the area. For Holland, Arjen Robben was almost sent clear in the final minute of the half, with Mexico defender Hector Moreno injured while stopping the Dutch attack.


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Holland-Mexico – Team news

The teamsheets have been published ahead of the 5pm (BST) kick-off in Fortaleza. For Holland Robin Van Persie returns following his suspension for the final group game against Chile. Dirk Kuyt continues at left wing-back as Bruno Martins Indi continues his recovery from injury. The one surprise is Paul Verhaegh starting at right wing-back.

Mexico’s Jose Juan Vazquez is suspended after collecting two yellow cards, so Carlos Salcido comes in to play the midfield anchor role.

Both teams are expected to play with wing-backs in a 5-3-2 or 3-5-2 formation.

Holland: Cliessen; Vlaar, De Vrij, Blind; Verhaegh, De Jong, Wijnaldum, Kuyt; Sneijder; Robben, Van Persie

Mexico: Ochoa; Aguilar, Rodriguez, Marquez, Moreno, Layun; Herrera, Salcido, Guardado; Dos Santos, Peralta


14:14 BST

Louis Van Gaal on Miguel Herrera

The World Cup has passed off relatively peacefully so far, with few of the expected protests materialising.

There was a march on the Maracana last night, ahead of Colombia’s victory over Uruguay, but the demonstration was easily contained by a huge police presence on the streets of Rio.


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Police prevent demo reaching Maracana

The World Cup has passed off relatively peacefully so far, with few of the expected protests materialising.

There was a march on the Maracana last night, ahead of Colombia’s victory over Uruguay, but the demonstration was easily contained by a huge police presence on the streets of Rio.


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The agony and the ecstasy

Nothing arouses emotions like a World Cup and Brazil 2014 has not been short of moments of high drama. Witness the scenes in Bogota and Montevideo to last night’s match between Colombia and Uruguay.


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Quote of the day

“From what I have seen, he is the best player in the World Cup. I am not exaggerating, he is a great striker.”

“For me, talents are those who do things that have nothing to do with their life experience. Diego Maradona, Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and James Rodriguez – they do things because they have a certain gift which makes them special.”

Oscar Tabarez is effusive in his praise of Colombia’s James Rodriquez, who singlehandedly destroyed Uruguay in the Maracana on Saturday.

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Goal of the tournament

Go on, take another look. It is one of those goals that you will never get tired of seeing. Yes, it’s that goal from James Rodriguez.


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Goal-line technology convert

UEFA president Michel Platini has been a staunch opponent of goal-line technology, preferring instead the additional assistant referees system – as seen in Champions and Europa League matches in recent seasons.

However, according to FIFA chief Sepp Blatter, Platini has undergone a Damascene conversion on the subject and is willing to introduce the system at the next European Championships. Read about this and other proposed changes – including the right for coaches to appeal a referee’s decision during a match – that could be coming football’s way in the next few years.


11:43am BST

World Cup Day 18

The arrival of the knockout stages is always an anxious moment in a World Cup for both players and spectators alike. For the players, football is now a case of sudden death – the consequences of any mistake magnified. For the spectators, there is always the concern that with the stakes now so high, cautious, negative football will snuff out the early promise of the group stages.

Thankfully, judging by the opening matches of the knockout phase, such fears have proved unfounded. Brazil and Chile played out a wonderful match which concluded in a dramatic penalty shootout, while in the day’s other game, we were treated to a moment of breathtaking brilliance from James Rodriguez that will live long in the memory.

So, thus far, the omens are good. Today, we have four more sides looking to earn a place in the last 8. Holland play Mexico while the tournament’s surprise package, Costa Rica, face Greece.