COSTA RICA 1 – 1 GREECE

I have to say, due to Costa Rica having qualified from Group D in the group stages (with England and Italy not making it to the last 16), I did not want the Costa Ricans to win this game. I encouraged and cheered on the Greeks.

The referee would play his part in this game, using his yellow card 7 or 8  times, EVEN giving a yellow card to a substitute who was just sat on the bench (I think he may have given some disrespect to the referee from where he was sitting), who wasn’t even playing in the game. There would also be a second yellow card shown to Oscar Duarte in the 65th minute and Costa Rica would have to play the rest of the game with just ten men.

Oscare Duarte sees his second yellow and must leave the pitch

Oscar Duarte sees his second yellow and must leave the pitch

The Greeks did their usual thing – defending heavily to try and concede ZERO GOALS – and it was 0-0 for over 50 minutes, but it would be Costa Rica who scored first as Bryan Ruiz slotted a shot into the far right corner around 52 minutes and it was 1-0  in a knockout game, meaning Greece HAD to score to win, or be knocked out at the full time whistle. They would continue to be fairly equal with chances from both sides to score more goals.

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Greece did eventually respond to their situation, but it was not until the 90th minute when Sokratis’ right footed shot from the centre of the box flew into the top right corner of the net to draw things level and extra time would need to be played, since Costa Rica hadn’t gotten their 1-0 victory inside of 90 minutes.

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The referee would continue the game as the two teams needed to keep playing on and at the end of 120 minutes, the score was still level. It was to be the second PENALTY SHOOT OUT of the 2014 World Cup which decided who would qualify for the World Cup Quarter Finals.

Here’s how it happened: (note: scoreline does not include the two goals scored earlier in the game, Penalties only)

 

Celso Borges (Costa Rica) converts the first penalty under pressure with a right footed shot to the middle of the goal.  Costa Rica 1 – Greece 0.

Kostas Mitroglou (Greece) scores the Greeks first penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom left corner. Costa Rica 1 – Greece 1.

Bryan Ruiz (Costa Rica) puts the Costa Rican’s second penalty in the net with a left footed shot to the top right corner. Costa Rica 2 – Greece 1.

Lazaros Christodoulopoulos (Greece) scores the Greek’s second penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner. Costa Rica 2 – Greece 2.

Giancarlo Gonzalez (Costa Rica) converts his penalty with a right footed shot to the middle of the goal. The Costa Ricans take the lead once more. Costa Rica 3 – Greece 2.

José Holebas (Greece) calmly scores the Greeks third penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom right corner. Anything Costa Rica can do, the Greeks seem to be able to do. it’s just one goal after another as the tension build and people wonder if there will be more than 5 penalties taken by either side.  Costa Rica 3 – Greece 3.

Joel Campbell (Costa Rica) scores his penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom left corner. the Costa Ricans are confident and scoring every penalty. Costa Rica 4 – Greece 3.

Theofanis Gekas (Greece) fails to put his penalty in the net, or rather is denied by the goalkeeper to do so as his right footed shot is saved in the bottom left corner. All Costa Rica have to do to win this is score their fifth and final penalty.  Costa Rica 4 – Greece 3.

Michael Umaña (Costa Rica) will be the man who has to score for his country to win this game… he steps us and SCORES the penalty with a right footed shot to the top left corner.  Costa Rica 5 – Greece 3.

Costa Rica win the penalty shoot out 5-3 and go through to the World Cup Quarter Finals for the first time in their history. They will now face HOLLAND  who they must beat or be knocked out by as they prepare to get their chance at playing in the World Cup Semi Finals.

KEY PLAYERS: Bryan Ruiz was on fine form again, when scoring in the first 120 minutes and also when calmly making his penalty kick count as he helped his country qualify to the next round.

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Without Sokratis’ goal, Greece would not have had the chance to play until the 120th minute and then take penalties. Theofanis Gekas was also very good and I felt very sorry for him as he took the only Greek penalty which was missed and gave the Costa Ricans the chance to score the fifth and winning penalty of the shootout.

[written by] Stuart Drewery.

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I’m an Englishman (born and raised in Liverpool in the 80s). My whole family including my parents and grandparents were Liverpool fans so I was born into being a red. I’ve seen Liverpool win the league (about 25 years ago) and I’ve been 100% loyal and committed while supporting the Reds through all the good times AND the bad times since the 80s.

I’m a die hard Liverpool fan (only supported ONE club in my whole life, Liverpool) and one of the most dedicated fans you’ll ever meet.

 

 

 

 

 

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