Costa Rica through to last 8

Costa Rica beat Greece 5-3 on penalties and will now play the Netherlands in the quarterfinals.

Costa Rica beat Greece 5-3 on penalties and will now play the Netherlands in the quarterfinals. Picture: Facebook.

SAO PAULO - Costa Rica are through to the quarterfinals of the 2014 Fifa World Cup where they'll face the Netherlands on Saturday in Salvador after beating Greece 5-3 on penalties.

The South Americans took a second half lead through Bryan Ruiz and despite having Oscar Duarte sent off after 66 minutes, were moments from victory before Sokratis Papasthathopoulos sent the game into extra time.

After an exhausting 1-1 draw, Costa Rica went on to win the game on penalties.


Netherlands scored two late goals to beat Mexico 2-1 to progress to the round of 8 on Sunday.

Giovani Dos Santos had given Mexico the lead early in the second half and they appeared set to goal through until Wesley Sneijder smashed home an equaliser two minutes from time.

Minutes later Arjen Robben won the injury-time penalty which Klaas-Jan Huntelaar converted to hand Mexico their sixth successive second round exit.


Africa's only two teams in the round of 16 are in action tonight in the World Cup.

Tough fixtures lie in wait for both as France take on Nigeria in the first match of the day, while Germany take on Algeria.

Stephen Keshi's men managed just one win in their group stage and need to do some digging if they are to beat France who have been in a mean mood so far.

Thomas Muller will be the go to man for Germany.

Muller has already scored an impressive nine goals in nine World Cup matches and he will look to add to the tally tonight.

The Algerians will however take some confidence out of the Germans' recent dip of form, following their 4-0 dismantling of Portugal they stumbled to a 2-2 draw against Ghana before putting just one goal against the USA.

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