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Jun 30, 2014

Meticulous Pinto plots Costa Rica’s Netherlands plan

RECIFE Brazil (Reuters) – Organization, preparation and desire – it may be a simple mantra, but it has taken Costa Rica from unfancied underdogs to World Cup dark horses who are within one more upset of the semi-finals.

A penalty shootout victory against Greece having played almost an hour with 10 men to draw 1-1 ensured the relative minnows from Central America reached the quarter finals for the first time where the Netherlands now lie in wait.

Jun 30, 2014

Soccer-Meticulous Pinto plots Costa Rica’s Netherlands plan

RECIFE, Brazil, June 30 (Reuters) – Organisation, preparation and desire – it may be a simple mantra, but it has taken Costa Rica from unfancied underdogs to World Cup dark horses who are within one more upset of the semi-finals.

A penalty shootout victory against Greece having played almost an hour with 10 men to draw 1-1 ensured the relative minnows from Central America reached the quarter finals for the first time where the Netherlands now lie in wait.

Jun 30, 2014

Shootout hero Navas helps Costa Rica reach quarters

RECIFE Brazil (Reuters) – Keylor Navas produced one of the best goalkeeping displays at the World Cup as Costa Rica reached the quarter-finals for the first time by beating Greece 5-3 on penalties on Sunday having played almost an hour with 10 men.

After the Ticos had conceded a stoppage time equaliser and extra time had finished in a 1-1 draw, it was left to Navas to make the defining contribution with a superb one-handed stop to keep out Theofanis Gekas’s fourth spot-kick.

Jun 30, 2014

Soccer-Shootout hero Navas helps Costa Rica reach quarters

RECIFE, Brazil, June 29 (Reuters) – Keylor Navas produced one of the best goalkeeping displays at the World Cup as Costa Rica reached the quarter-finals for the first time by beating Greece 5-3 on penalties on Sunday having played almost an hour with 10 men.

After the Ticos had conceded a stoppage time equaliser and extra time had finished in a 1-1 draw, it was left to Navas to make the defining contribution with a superb one-handed stop to keep out Theofanis Gekas’s fourth spot-kick.

Jun 29, 2014

Costa Rica reach quarter-finals with shootout victory

RECIFE Brazil (Reuters) – Costa Rica reached the quarter-finals of the World Cup for the first time by beating Greece 5-3 on penalties on Sunday after conceding a stoppage time equaliser and playing 54 minutes with 10 men.

After the 1-1 draw following extra time, Costa Rica keeper Keylor Navas made a superb one-handed stop to keep out Theofanis Gekas’s fourth spot-kick before Michael Umana fired high into the top corner to send the Central Americans into a last eight meeting with Netherlands.

Jun 29, 2014

Soccer-Costa Rica reach quarter-finals with shootout victory

RECIFE, Brazil, June 29 (Reuters) – Costa Rica reached the quarter-finals of the World Cup for the first time by beating Greece 5-3 on penalties on Sunday after conceding a stoppage time equaliser and playing 54 minutes with 10 men.

After the 1-1 draw following extra time, Costa Rica keeper Keylor Navas made a superb one-handed stop to keep out Theofanis Gekas’s fourth spot-kick before Michael Umana fired high into the top corner to send the Central Americans into a last eight meeting with Netherlands.

Jun 29, 2014

Greek history lesson makes coach wary of Costa Rica threat

RECIFE Brazil (Reuters) – Greece coach Fernando Santos has challenged his team to “rewrite history” when they face Costa Rica in the World Cup’s round of 16 on Sunday, but it is a lesson from his side’s own past that is making him extra wary.

It is 10 years since Greece surprised the footballing world by winning the European Championship with a team built on dogged defense and rigid organization, and Santos sees similarities between those 2004 champions and the current Costa Rica lineup.

Jun 29, 2014

Soccer-Greek history lesson makes coach wary of Costa Rica threat

RECIFE, Brazil, June 28 (Reuters) – Greece coach Fernando Santos has challenged his team to “rewrite history” when they face Costa Rica in the World Cup’s round of 16 on Sunday, but it is a lesson from his side’s own past that is making him extra wary.

It is 10 years since Greece surprised the footballing world by winning the European Championship with a team built on dogged defence and rigid organisation, and Santos sees similarities between those 2004 champions and the current Costa Rica lineup.

Jun 27, 2014

Preview – New-look Greece and Costa Rica eye quarter-finals

RECIFE Brazil (Reuters) – A solid defence used to be Greece’s modus operandi while Costa Rica traditionally relied on maverick individuals but the stereotypes have been shed in this World Cup where the two teams face a last-16 clash on Sunday.

A World Cup quarter-final against either the Netherlands or Mexico is the prize on offer for both when they meet in the coastal Brazilian city of Recife.

Jun 27, 2014

Soccer-New-look Greece and Costa Rica eye quarter-finals

RECIFE, Brazil, June 27 (Reuters) – A solid defence used to be Greece’s modus operandi while Costa Rica traditionally relied on maverick individuals but the stereotypes have been shed in this World Cup where the two teams face a last-16 clash on Sunday.

A World Cup quarter-final against either the Netherlands or Mexico is the prize on offer for both when they meet in the coastal Brazilian city of Recife.