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The World United Through Football Sunday, 29th June

Second Round Match - Game 4

Costa Rica - affiliated with FIFA since 1927. vs Greece - affiliated with FIFA since 1927.
Costa Rica vs Greece in Recife.

Match Preview

Costa Rica and Greece have never met each other before in world football.

Costa Rica's best World Cup performance was reaching the last 16 at Italia 1990; where they lost to Czechoslovakia (1:4) in Bari.

Greece have made it through to the Second Round, at the third attempt.

The Match

Greece scored an injury-time goal to take the game into extra-time; and eventually on to penalties.

Goalscorers 1:0
Costa Rica's Bryan Ruiz scored the first goal of the game in the 52nd minute.

Costa Rica were reduced to 10 men in the 65th minute but still managed to hold on to their lead as the game moved in to stoppage time.

Goalscorers 1:1
Sokratis Papastathopoulus gave Greece hope in the first minute of time added on.

Penalties:
3:3 - The first six players to step up all made sure of their spot kicks: Celso Borges (Costa Rica), Kostas Mitroglou (Greece), Bryan Ruiz (Costa Rica), Lazaros Christodoulopoulos (Greece), Giancarlo Gonzalez (Costa Rica), and Jose Holebas (Greece).

4:3 - Joel Campbell continued with the penalty standard set by both teams, then Keylor Navas saved from Theofanis Gekas.

5:3 - Then Michael Umana completed the full house for Costa Rica,

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Final Score: Costa Rica 1 - Greece 1 aet (5:3pens)
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Teams

Travel to Costa Rica Costa Rica:
1-Keylor Navas; 16-Cristian Gamboa, 6-Oscar Duarte, 3-Giancarlo Gonzalez, 4-Michael Umana; 15-Junior Diaz, 10-Bryan Ruiz, 5-Celso Borges, 17-Yeltsin Tejeda; 7-Christian Bolanos, 9-Joel Campbell.

Travel to Greece Greece:
1-Orestis Karnezis; 15-Vasilis Torosidis, 4-Kostas Manolas, 19-Sokratis Papastathopoulos, 20-Jose Holebas; 10-Giorgos Karagounis, 14-Dimitris Salpingidis, 2-Giannis Maniatis, 16-Lazaros Christodoulopoulos, 22-Andreas Samaris; 7-Georgios Samaras.

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