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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.

Jun 26, 2014

U.S. to launch all-out offensive in last 16, says Klinsmann

RECIFE Brazil (Reuters) – The United States gave Germany too much respect, but manager Juergen Klinsmann promised there would be no repeat of their cagey display in the last 16 after they reached the World Cup’s knockout stages despite a 1-0 loss on Thursday.

The U.S. edged into the second round as Group G runners-up but could have been dumped out of the tournament had Ghana beaten Portugal in a match being played simultaneously.

Jun 26, 2014

Soccer-U.S. to launch all-out offensive in last 16, says Klinsmann

RECIFE, Brazil, June 26 (Reuters) – The United States gave Germany too much respect, but manager Juergen Klinsmann promised there would be no repeat of their cagey display in the last 16 after they reached the World Cup’s knockout stages despite a 1-0 loss on Thursday.

The U.S. edged into the second round as Group G runners-up but could have been dumped out of the tournament had Ghana beaten Portugal in a match being played simultaneously.

Jun 25, 2014

Klinsmann and Loew put friendship on hold for World Cup

RECIFE Brazil (Reuters) – No phone calls, no texts. For United States coach Juergen Klinsmann and his Germany counterpart Joachim Loew their friendship is on hold until after the World Cup.

With their two teams meeting in a decisive Group G clash in Recife on Thursday, there is no room for small talk between Klinsmann and his former apprentice.