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World Cup live blog: June 29

June 29, 2014

The knockout round continues with Netherlands vs. Mexico at noon, followed by Costa Rica vs. Greece at 4 p.m.

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Last minute drama seemed to be the theme today, with both the Netherlands and Greece making late comebacks against Mexico and Costa Rica, respectively. Only one was able to make the comeback a win, however, so the Netherlands will move on with Costa Rica instead of Greece, who ultimately couldn’t pull out a win during the penalty shootout.

For the complete recap and full stats of today’s matches, click here.

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(Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP/Getty Images)

(Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP/Getty Images)

Michael Umana kicked it in to win the match and there are tears everywhere — just for different emotions. Costa Rica is crying from happiness and the Greeks are devastated. Costa Rica will move on to face the Netherlands in the quarterfinals on July 5.

The Greeks could’ve easily taken that spot, however. The team had a ton of chances, especially after Costa Rica went down to 10 men. But when it came to the penalty shootout, Ticos’ goalkeeper Navas proved to be the man of the match when he was able to stop one from zinging through.

Here’s how the stats shook out in the end:

Costa Rica Greece
1 Goals 1
1 Assists 0
6 Shots 24
2 Shots on Goal 13
7 Saves 0
0 Penalties Scored 0
0 Penalty Kicks 0
18 Crosses 42
3 Corner Kicks 11
0 Offside 10
23 Fouls Committed 16
6 Cautions/Yellow Cards 2
1 Red Cards 0
44% Ball Possession 56%
5 Shootout Results 3
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Theofanis Gekas couldn’t get it past Navas and the kick was rejected. If Costa Rica can get the next one, they’ll move on.

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Joel Campbell summoned some power and put one in the net to make it 4-3.

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Jose Holebas ties it up for Greece!

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Giancarlo Gonzalez took the middle road and lifted the ball just enough to get it past the Greek goalkeeper who dove to the correct side. Just took the wrong angle.

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Christodoulopoulos fooled Navas and slid a slow one in low.

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Bryan Ruiz went high and the Greek goalie had not chance really.

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Mitroglou went to the left with his kick. The goalkeeper went to the right. We’re tied.

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Borges popped one in high.

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Word on the pitch is that Fernando Santos said something very displeasing to the Australian referee, and had to go. Harsh.

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A Costa Rican fan rallies his troops. (Hassan Ammar  /AP)

A Costa Rican fan rallies his troops. (Hassan Ammar/AP)


The Ticos held on in extra time and now are back on equal footing with the Greeks as they prepare for a penalty shootout.

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And it’s painful to watch. Every other player looks like they’re cramping up now. Ouch.

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(Srdjan Suki/EPA)

(Srdjan Suki/EPA)


Greece came hard down the field, five men to two, and despite a hard boot into toward the net, Navas is able to bat it away to his own teammate who cleared it with a header.

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Campbell was in the box and ready. But Greece’s defense proved just a little too much, but credit to Costa Rica for Greek fans hold their breath.

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Greece’s defense proved just a little too much, but credit to Costa Rica for Greek fans hold their breath. Campbell was in the box and ready.

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The magic spray comes out to try to numb the pain, as Navas might be more important than ever if Costa Rica survives the next few minutes to make it to the shootout.

Gekas came in hot, and Navas slid to defend it. That’s when his knee was bumped by the toe of Gekas’s shoe.

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Greece's defender Koastas Manolas heads the ball. (Pedro Ugarte/AFP/Getty Images)

Greece’s defender Koastas Manolas heads the ball. (Pedro Ugarte/AFP/Getty Images)

If the match is still tied at the end of extra time, it’s penalty shootout time.

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Despite their 10 men compared to Greece’s 11, the Ticos are doing their best to keep this game alive, even having a breakaway Joel Campbell run down toward the goal. But without the extra man, he had no one in the box to pass to and the Greeks got it back.

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