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COSTA RICA WILL PLAY NETHERLANDS

COSTA RICA WILL PLAY NETHERLANDS

  • Costa Rica into the quarter finals

    Posted at23:56

    Tears from the Greeks, tears from the Costa Ricans. What a shootout, the quality of spot-kicks was right up there.

  • Costa Rica into the quarter finals

    Posted at23:55

    Incredible! Costa Rica, down to 10 men since the hour mark, a spent force physically and mentally, have done it!

    One wonderful save from Keylor Navas to go with the two he made in the 120 minutes and it's destination Netherlands...

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    COSTA RICA WILL PLAY NETHERLANDS

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    SCORES!

    Costa Rica 5-3 Greece - Michael Umana

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    They've done it! He plants it into the top right corner and Costa Rica make history.

  • SAVED!

    Costa Rica 4-3 Greece - Theofanis Gekas

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    Brilliant save by Keylor Navas. He was the hero in normal time and now Costa Rica are on the brink of the quarters.

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    SCORES!

    Costa Rica 4-3 Greece - Joel Campbell

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    A staggered run-up, looks like it might go horribly wrong but it's actually brilliant, into the corner and the keeper goes the wrong way.

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    SCORES!

    Costa Rica 3-3 Greece - Jose Holebas

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    Good penalty, keeper guesses right but it's above his reaching arms.

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    SCORES!

    Costa Rica 3-2 Greece - Giancarlo Gonzalez

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    Keeper dives to the right side but can't keep it out.

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    SCORES!

    Costa Rica 2-2 Greece - Lazaros Christodoulopoulos

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    Opens the face and comfortably slots into the net. The keeper went the wrong way and we're all square still.

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    SCORES!

    Costa Rica 2-1 Greece - Bryan Ruiz

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    Another high spot-kick and the keeper has no chance. Class so far from both sides.

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    SCORES!

    Costa Rica 1-1 Greece - Kostas Mitroglou

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    Nice easy run up, slight delay and a cool finish into the corner. No celebration, we go again.

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    SCORES!

    Costa Rica 1-0 Greece - Celso Borges

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    Right into the roof of the net. Dead centre, never looked like missing.

  • Posted at23:46

    Costa Rica go first...

  • Former Blackburn Rovers striker Jason Roberts

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Costa Rica 1-1 Greece

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    "We love that human drama of penalties. There is always one person who misses and puts their country out, but there will always be that person who does score and wins the game for their side.

    "You cannot replicate the pressure of taking a penalty. This is where you need your big players and your big personalities to turn up.

    "It is all about controlling your emotions but how do you control your emotions when your country is watching?

    "The goalkeeper has nothing to lose, all he needs to do is get a touch and he's a hero. You have everything to lose. I wish them all luck."

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    Yousuf Ali: Not sure Costa Rica can win this....too many tired legs.

  • Posted at23:45

    Here we go then - the score will be reset to 0-0 as I bring you all the penalties...

  • PENALTY SHOOTOUT

    Costa Rica 1-1 Greece

    Posted at23:44

    The last eight shootouts in World Cup history have been won by the team going first.

    Greece have an extra man so Kostas Manolas has been nominated as the man who is not taking one...

  • Costa Rica 1-1 Greece

    Posted at23:42

    Fernando Santos has been sent to the stands. Whatever happens next he won't be watching from the dugout!

    Over to you then lads. Win it for the coach, whose contract expires on Monday...

  • Costa Rica 1-1 Greece

    Posted at23:41

    This is hardly the best preparation for Greece as coach Fernando Santos is passed from pillar to post - has he been sent off or not? I'm not sure...

  • Former Blackburn Rovers striker Jason Roberts

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Costa Rica 1-1 Greece

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    "That was the chance Greece had been waiting for but again Keylor Navas makes himself big. Every time Costa Rica needed their goalkeeper he has been there, just sneaking that extra yard. He has had an excellent game.

    "Going into the penalties he will be the man Costa Rica will be looking towards. He has made two or three goal-stopping saves and will be full of confidence."

  • RED CARD

    Costa Rica 1-1 Greece

    Posted at23:39

    So even when this World Cup serves up a rotter, it remains full of drama and intrigue. Greece can't believe that they haven't won this, and in the confusion it looks like referee Ben Williams has sent off manager Fernando Santos!

    Confusion.

  • FULL-TIME

    Posted at120 mins

    We have a penalty shootout. Costa Rica are absolutely spent, having played with 10 men for an hour.

  • GREAT SAVE!

    Costa Rica 1-1 Greece

    Posted at120 mins

    What a save! Greece think they have won it and they should do!

    Kostas Mitroglou is open at the back stick and Keylor Navas again makes a miracle stop. What a keeper...

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    Matt Barker: How have Greece not scored? Costa Rica are barely functioning as a football team.

  • Costa Rica 1-1 Greece

    Posted at119 mins

    Rank. Kostas Mitroglou throws in a Phil Neville stepover and then blazes way over the bar from 30 yards. He had three men in the area.

    One minute from penalties...

  • Costa Rica 1-1 Greece

    Posted at117 mins

    Yet another offside scuppers a Greek attack. Coach Fernando Santos looks distraught.

  • Former Blackburn Rovers striker Jason Roberts

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Costa Rica 1-1 Greece

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    "Yes Greece took a shot but it was from a tight angle. When you are five against two you need to get an open shot within the width of the goal. But the opportunities are there for Greece because Costa Rica look out on their feet."

  • Costa Rica 1-1 Greece

    Posted at114 mins

    We are six minutes away from penalties. Don't go to bed just yet, you've stuck it out this far, you may as well have the excitement...

  • STAT ATTACK

    Posted at23:30

    Greece's last-minute equaliser was the 145th goal of the 2014 World Cup. The 2010 World Cup featured 145 goals in total.

  • Costa Rica 1-1 Greece

    Posted at112 mins

    Costa Rica's corner is cleared and Greece have a five-on-two counter! Like a school game, but they still mess it up.

    Kostas Mitroglou delays his pass to Lazaros Christodoulopoulos, and his shot from the angle is well saved by Keylor Navas.

  • Costa Rica 1-1 Greece

    Posted at110 mins

    As a colleague just pointed out, it's easy to forget that this is a last-16 game in the World Cup finals.

    If you were channel hopping late at night and stumbled across it you may have guessed at an MLS match, maybe a European Under-19s pool game.

    Costa Rica win a corner...

  • Costa Rica 1-1 Greece

    Posted at109 mins

    Excellent strength from Joel Campbell to win a free-kick. Everyone up!

    Extraordinary energy from Giancarlo Gonzalez to hook it on with an overhead kick but it comes to nothing.

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    Eyobel Gomini: Will the winner of this game be ready physically for Netherlands? Arjen Robben set to have fun!

  • Costa Rica 1-1 Greece

    Posted at108 mins

    Keylor Navas takes a blow as he sweeps up a throughball. Any excuse to kill the clock - though the Costa Ricans look such a spent force that I wonder if they'll reach the goal from 12 yards out.

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    Jeff Ando: Watching the success of Greece, England should just make Tony Pulis manager and be done with it.

    Barry Johnson: This may not be the best game but these two teams have given absolutely everything.

  • Costa Rica 1-1 Greece

    Posted at106 mins

    A Costa Rican goal really would spice this last 15 minutes up and Randall Brenes is not far away with a 20-yard speculator which drifts over the top.

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    BBC Sport's Ben Dirs: "When Karagounis made his debut for Greece, Homer was at the top of the book charts with The Iliad."

  • KICK-OFF

    Costa Rica 1-1 Greece

    Posted at105 mins

    Right then, let's have a winner. Fifteen minutes, one hero required. Who wants it?

  • Former Blackburn Rovers striker Jason Roberts

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Costa Rica 1-1 Greece

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    "Some ambition from Costa Rica, but Greece are defending well too. When they do show ambition and go forward they are testing this Greece defence, but they need to show more.

    "At the moment the way Costa Rica are moving, their body language, everything about them just looks tired."

    You can listen to BBC Radio 5 live's commentary by clicking on the Live Coverage tab at the top of this page.

  • HALF-TIME IN EXTRA-TIME

    Posted at105 mins

    Referee Ben Williams tries to stop the players have a drink and a massage but he fails. All set for penalties unless Greece can find a way through again...

  • Costa Rica 1-1 Greece

    Posted at104 mins

    A rare Costa Rican break! Joel Campbell with a great disguised pass into the run of Randall Brenes, he tries to pick out the arriving Celso Borges but veteran Kostas Katsouranis slides in to close it out. Great play.

  • Costa Rica 1-1 Greece

    Posted at102 mins

    Costa Rica defender Oscar Duarte was sent off nearly 45 minutes ago - and he's still played more passes in the game than any of his team-mates.

    They are just camped in and around their own penalty area.

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    Junaid Rahim: Costa Rica look spent. Only a matter of time till Greece score. Never thought I'd say that!

  • Costa Rica 1-1 Greece

    Posted at23:15

    Optimistic Greek fans?

  • Costa Rica 1-1 Greece

    Posted at100 mins

    A Greece free-kick causes mayhem in the penalty area, Costa Rica do well not to concede a penalty as the tackles come in and Kostas Katsouranis sees his low shot blocked. Siege doesn't do this justice now.

  • Former Blackburn Rovers striker Jason Roberts

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Costa Rica 1-1 Greece

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    "If Greece show enough ambition they can avoid it going to penalties here. They just have to make that decision.

    "Giorgos Samaras is bossing this game now, he is going wherever he needs to be to win that ball. Costa Rica need to do something about him because his influence is growing."

  • Costa Rica 1-1 Greece

    Posted at98 mins

    Joel Campbell is communicating via semaphore, he's so far away from his team-mates. There isn't a white shirt within 45 yards of the lone striker as Costa Rica just sit back and hope that they can see this one out.

  • CLOSE!

    Costa Rica 1-1 Greece

    Posted at95 mins

    The big booming cross into the box is Greece's best bet, and another one from the right ends up on the face of Theofanis Gekas but he can't direct it home. Just run at the Costa Rican defence - they're finished.

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    Peter McMillan: Costa Rica up against it now, down to 10 men in extra time - Greeks will be favourites.

    Stephen Holt: South American nations used to have a reputation for dodgy keepers but they've produced the two best at this World Cup. Guillermo Ochoa and Keylor Navas.

  • Costa Rica 1-1 Greece

    Posted at93 mins

    Greek goalscorer Sokratis Papastathopoulos was praised by German newspaper Bild for driving a Fiat 500 earlier this season. He may well be able to afford something more in keeping with his Dortmund team-mates if he gets Greece into the last eight.

    Costa Rica look absolutely wrecked. Five days into a lads' holiday in Benidorm.

  • Costa Rica 1-1 Greece

    Posted at90 mins

    If you are just tuning in, Costa Rica took the lead through Fulham forward Bryan Ruiz but then went down to 10 men when defender Oscar Duarte was shown a second booking.

    Greece levelled in stoppage time and must now be favourites to win with the extra man...

  • Former Blackburn Rovers striker Jason Roberts

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Costa Rica 1-1 Greece

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    "This Greece side have experience and they have belief. They needed something here and they got it by just doing that age-old thing of getting the ball in the box. It would not surprise me if they just continued with that into extra-time. I don't think they will be going for penalties. Greece will say OK, let's forget we scored and keep the Costa Rica defence under pressure."

  • KICK-OFF

    Costa Rica 1-1 Greece

    Posted at90 mins

    Back under way.

  • Former Blackburn Rovers striker Jason Roberts

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Costa Rica 1-1 Greece

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    "Jorge Luis Pinto walked over to his players as quickly as he could to try and show a positive attitude. The Costa Rica players do look really tired, as you might expect after playing against a Greece side who have been putting constant balls into the box, with only 10 men.

    "They are just happy to get some respite now. They are tired, there is no doubt about it and as soon as the goal went in you could see they had dropped physically and mentally. The manager will have to pick them up."

    You can listen to BBC Radio 5 live's commentary by clicking on the Live Coverage tab at the top of this page.

  • Costa Rica 1-1 Greece

    Posted at23:01

    Costa Rica's huddle is driven on by ex-Derby man Paolo Wanchope, who is earning his coaching spurs. At half-time referee Ben Williams says there will be no drinks, we turn straight around.

    There always is a break though.

  • Former Blackburn Rovers striker Jason Roberts

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Costa Rica 1-1 Greece

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    "Jorge Luis Pinto the manager has been a real credit to Costa Rica with his tactical changes in this World Cup but he has got to make a few new ones now. His side are going to lose this match if they continue to drop deep."

  • Costa Rica 1-1 Greece

    Posted at22:59

    Is it me or are these breaks between full time and extra time much longer then they used to be?

  • Costa Rica 1-1 Greece

    Posted at22:57

    Heavy legs and heavy hearts as both sets of players look mentally and physically gone. There are massages and consoling words going round both huddles as unused substitutes cajole their team-mates.

    Both sides have used all their subs so Giorgos Karagounis, as old as the hills, will have to play the full 120...

  • FULL-TIME

    Costa Rica 1-1 Greece

    Posted at22:55

    There it is. We go again...

  • Costa Rica 1-1 Greece

    Posted at90 mins

    Into the fifth of five minutes of added time...

  • Dan Roan

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    Costa Rica 1-1 Greece

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    "Even the bad games are thrillers...."

  • Former Blackburn Rovers striker Jason Roberts

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Costa Rica 1-1 Greece

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    "Can you believe it!? Costa Rica got deeper and deeper, as the ball came in they didn't make the challenge, Keylor Navas got a hand on the ball but couldn't stop the rebound.

    "The Greek players cannot believe it, they are lying on the floor. The scenes here are incredible. Costa Rica didn't close the game down as well as they could and now look - Greece are in the ascendency after scoring the goal."

  • Costa Rica 1-1 Greece

    Posted at90 mins

    There are games of football that you genuinely never want to end. This is not one of them but it is serving up a barnstormer of a finish.

    What a save! Fulham striker Kostas Mitroglou with a bullet header and Keylor Navas tips it over!

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    GOAL

    Costa Rica 1-1 Greece - Sokratis Papastathopoulos

    Posted at90 mins

    Extraordinary! Just when it looked all over, Giorgos Samaras launches a long ball in from the left, Theofanis Gekas gets in a low shot which Keylor Navas can't hold and defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos is there to bundle in the loose ball from six yards out.

    We will have extra-time!

  • Former Blackburn Rovers striker Jason Roberts

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Costa Rica 1-0 Greece

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    "Greece are finding space outside of the Costa Rica full-backs. Giorgos Samaras has got chalk on his boots, Johnny Acosta needs to make sure he gets out to cover a little bit earlier.

    "Up the other end Bryan Ruiz did exactly what Costa Rica need him to do by just taking the ball into the corner flag and winning a free-kick."

  • Costa Rica 1-0 Greece

    Posted at87 mins

    Lazaros Christodoulopoulos beats his man - that's lovely! - but the cut-back is greedily claimed by Costa Rica keeper Keylor Navas.

    That could well be that...

  • Costa Rica 1-0 Greece

    Posted at86 mins

    A Greece goal now and we will surely have extra time. But Costa Rica can finish it with a second, as Bryan Ruiz gets on the end of a break but runs for the corner.

  • Former Blackburn Rovers striker Jason Roberts

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Costa Rica 1-0 Greece

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    "Costa Rica just need to get the ball out of their half now and relieve a bit of pressure. They haven't managed that for a few minutes. Greece are pushing for a goal playing with three strikers."

  • Costa Rica 1-0 Greece

    Posted at82 mins

    You get the feeling that a Greece goal will only come as the result of a defensive clanger or a Giorgos Samaras wonder-strike. You tell me which is more likely.

    They are pumping balls forward but Costa Rica look comfortable enough as we approach the last five.

  • Costa Rica 1-0 Greece

    Posted at80 mins

    Greece have a free-kick in a good position but Giorgos Karagounis leans back and slams it over the top. Yards over the top.

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    Unlucky Rickie, by the way. I thought you should have got a start against Costa Rica...

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    Richard Lambert: The world's gone mad! Now we have a last-16 tie in the World Cup and both nations' hopes rest with Fulham strikers!

  • Costa Rica 1-0 Greece

    Posted at78 mins

    Greece are 12 minutes away from elimination. But they were seconds away from elimination before finding that late goal against Ivory Coast. Plenty of time...

  • Costa Rica 1-0 Greece

    Posted at74 mins

    Greece may be a pedestrian, average side, but left-back Jose Holebas can't half cross a ball. He puts in another superb low delivery but substitute Theofanis Gekas turns it wide.

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    John, Cambridge: Silly error from Costa Rica. They need to stay calm, Greece aren't scoring goals his tournament, they can take this game if they hold firm.

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    Shane Saunders: A sending off. Greece might come back into it and we'll be punished with 30 minutes of extra time. You've made the list Oscar Duarte.

  • Costa Rica 1-0 Greece

    Posted at70 mins

    Another 'did he mean that?' moment from Giorgos Samaras as he falls over his own feet, before spinning and playing in a brilliant cross which Costa Rica keeper Keylor Navas flaps at but just about gets it away.

    All Greece now. Costa Rica look dangerous on the break...

  • Former Blackburn Rovers striker Jason Roberts

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Costa Rica 1-0 Greece

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    "It's an honest challenge from Oscar Duarte but when you are on a yellow card at this stage of the game you must stay on your feet. You can see he is absolutely distraught as he walks off the pitch. That has cost his team and now Costa Rica need to readjust, because Greece will commit more players forward.

    "What I like about Fernando Santos, the Greece manager, is that he does not hang about, he has made another change straight away."

  • SUBSTITUTION

    Costa Rica 1-0 Greece

    Posted at69 mins

    Greece introduce Theofanis Gekas to bolster their firepower. They need an equaliser, can they conjure one up?

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    Niall, Norwich: Anyone got his postal address? I have five Joel Campbell swapsies and he is welcome to them all.

  • RED CARD

    Costa Rica 1-0 Greece - Oscar Duarte

    Posted at66 mins

    That makes it interesting! Costa Rica are down to 10 men for the final 25 minutes after Oscar Duarte picks up a second yellow for tripping Jose Holebas.

    It was a silly one, and he knows it. He will miss the quarter-final - if they get there...

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    Anoop Saxena: Now expect the Greeks to step up. This game should get better... and we may see penalties.

    Simon Kalolo: And Fulham said Bryan Ruiz wasn't good enough. Great goal.

  • Costa Rica 1-0 Greece

    Posted at63 mins

    It turns out that Costa Rica scored with their first effort on target. The Missile Deflector hasn't had a single projectile to prevent.

    Greece are 25 minutes away from going home.

  • Former Blackburn Rovers striker Jason Roberts

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Costa Rica 1-0 Greece

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    "Kostas Mitroglou gives Greece a totally different option, he is big, strong and difficult to deal with. But does Giorgos Samaras go with him up front or does he play wider out on the left? They are both powerful men so let's see just how proactive Greece are going to be going forward.

    "What I like about it is that Greece have made the change early. Now they look like a 4-4-2 side looking to get the ball into the channels and up to the strikers.

    "Costa Rica, you score a goal and you go five yards deeper. You might ask yourself why but it is just a mental thing. But they need to make sure they keep positive and play as they have done so far."

  • Costa Rica 1-0 Greece

    Posted at61 mins

    I tell you who has got particularly good ball control - Tim Henman.

    No seriously. Check him out in this video, doing keepy-uppys with a tennis ball.

    I think he missed his calling. Top, top class...

  • Costa Rica 1-0 Greece

    Posted at59 mins

    Now now Bert. Bryan Ruiz is apparently nicknamed 'La Comadreja' - the weasel - for his ball control and slippery ways in his homeland.

    Do weasels have particularly good ball control?

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    Sheelagh: Now that's what I call a cool, calm and collected finish! He's just passed that into the net. Pure joy for Costa Rica.

    Bert: Last night James Rodriguez gave us the tournament's best goal, tonight Bryan Ruiz has given us the luckiest, total miss-hit!

  • SUBSTITUTION

    Costa Rica 1-0 Greece

    Posted at58 mins

    Fulham's big money signing Kostas Mitroglou is on, he replaces Andreas Samaris.

  • 'The Missile Deflector'

    Costa Rica 1-0 Greece

    Posted at57 mins

    Greece goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis may well boast the best nickname in the game.

    After an inspired performance for Granada in a 1-0 win over Barcelona at the end of the season, Spanish paper Marca labelled him as 'The Missile Deflector.'

    Not so much a nickname as a fully-formed Marvel comic book character.

    In Greek, by the way, that's 'ο πύραυλος εκτροπής'...

    He didn't deflect anything there though.

  • Costa Rica 1-0 Greece

    Posted at55 mins

    Costa Rica should have a penalty as a cross is turned away by the hand of Greek defender Vasilis Torosidis!

    There's no real appeal and it looked like a header initially - and Costa Rica's substitute goalkeeper is then booked for his protests on the bench.

  • Costa Rica 1-0 Greece

    Posted at54 mins

    "Ole, ole ole ole! Ticos! Ticos!"

    Recife rocking to the Latin beat.

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    GOAL

    Costa Rica 1-0 Greece - Bryan Ruiz

    Posted at52 mins

    It's in there! Pretending the game didn't exist did the trick, as Bryan Ruiz steers home a Costa Rican opener!

    Christian Bolanos has the ball on the left and picks out Ruiz on the edge of the box, he doesn't thrash at it, just picks out the bottom corner with a lovely placed effort.

    Now then Greece. Can you attack?

  • Costa Rica 0-0 Greece

    Posted at50 mins

    Maybe we should just close our eyes and pretend that it's actually Italy v Ivory Coast.

    Andrea Pirlo is having another blinder, pinging some delicious long passes but Yaya Toure is just starting to look at his best...

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    Gareth: What a shame to lose Chile and Mexico, yet suffer the victor of this bore draw going on.

  • Costa Rica 0-0 Greece

    Posted at47 mins

    Samaras!

    Giorgos wins a header from a decent free-kick wide out on the left but it's right at Costa Rican keeper Keylor Navas.

    The winner of this one face the Netherlands next up remember. Good luck.

  • Former Blackburn Rovers striker Jason Roberts

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Costa Rica 0-0 Greece

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    Discussing the news that Joel Campbell reportedly bought 500 World Cup stickers in order to get a sticker of himself, only to be disappointed.

    "Maybe we will have to get some people to send in some swapsies for him. I never have done that myself but I do have a fair collection of those sent in by various family members.

    "But you always look weird in them. They always catch you at the wrong moment, or maybe it's just my face."

  • KICK-OFF

    Costa Rica 0-0 Greece

    Posted at45 mins

    Game on!

  • Costa Rica 0-0 Greece

    Posted at22:03

    The players are back in the tunnel, Greece coach Fernando Santos having some stirring words for his team. Hopefully they involved the words 'mixer' and 'bomb on.'

  • Posted at21:59

    Stoke would walk this game Craig. Get the ball out to Arnautovic and hit Crouchy.

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    Craig, London: Greece are the Stoke City of the international scene. Applaud them for their dogged determination, but watching them makes you love football just that little bit less.

  • David Ornstein

    BBC Sport

    COMING UP ON MONDAY

    Germany v Algeria (Monday 30 June 17:00 BST)

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    "Germany have just held their final news conference ahead of Monday's last-16 encounter against Algeria, with captain Philipp Lahm describing the north Africans as "unpleasant to play against" and a side who "prefer to play a foul than to lose the ball".

    "Asked how great the pressure is on his team to win this tournament, Lahm added: "Germany is a three-time World Cup winner and there aren't that many teams that have won so many titles. I think we have great potential - whether this is enough for this tournament, we will see."

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    Clyde Macfarlane: I hope the Greek manager explains the offside rule to his players at halftime.

  • Costa Rica 0-0 Greece

    Posted at21:55

    The bad news is that Costa Rica did not have a shot on target in that first half.

    However, Costa Rica didn't manage a first half shot on target against Uruguay either. And then scored three quick goals.

  • Former Blackburn Rovers striker Jason Roberts

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Costa Rica 0-0 Greece

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    "It is an intriguing match. Greece can give you problems tactically, they play in waves, committing men forward for spells and then returning to hold their positions.

    "The Greeks had the best chance of that half through Dimitris Salpingidis. They won't be worried about any boos and will come out and do the exact same thing in the second half."

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  • Dutch courage

    Posted at21:50

    Costa Rica substitute Michael Barrantes had a boy in February 2013 and called him Arjen after Dutch winger Arjen Robben.

    Whether Barrantes Jnr has trouble staying on his feet or not, well we can only speculate. But his namesake Robben was again the key man as the Netherlands came from behind to beat Mexico earlier on.

    Read the match report here.

    Read the quotes from Louis van Gaal here.

  • Costa Rica 0-0 Greece

    Posted at21:49

    Costa Rica fans have been watching the game on a big screen in their capital city, San Jose.

    Did they know the way? Yes, because they live there.

  • HALF-TIME

    Costa Rica 0-0 Greece

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    That was a tough watch. Stiff drinks all round at the break.

  • Costa Rica 0-0 Greece

    Posted at45 mins

    Offside from a throw-in! Greece have just ticked off one of my footballing pet hates. Good grief.

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    Kyle, Liverpool: In what's regarded as the best/most exciting World Cup for years, how ironic if Greece repeat 2004 Euros and go on to win the whole thing! Come on Costa Rica do it for Bryan Oviedo!

  • Former Blackburn Rovers striker Jason Roberts

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Costa Rica 1-0 Greece

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    "Bryan Ruiz side-foots it in on the floor and Orestis Karnezis the Greece goalkeeper will be disappointed. I think he is unsighted, the ball does not move very quickly but he is rooted to the spot. There is a defender stood right in front of him but Karnezis will be disappointed with his positioning.

    "Credit to Ruiz, he swung across it and passed it into the corner, the accuracy was incredible. And now the game was changed totally. Greece are now leaving gaps in behind. They have made that decision to make this game a forward-thinking game."

    You can listen to BBC Radio 5 live's commentary by clicking on the Live Coverage tab at the top of this page.

  • YELLOW CARD

    Costa Rica 0-0 Greece

    Posted at41 mins

    Can we have more quality like that please? A stupendous cross.

    Other than that it's been poor. Oscar Duarte takes a bad touch, Lazaros Christodoulopoulos nips in to take the ball off him, the Costa Rican pulls him back and gets booked.

  • Former Blackburn Rovers striker Jason Roberts

    BBC Radio 5 live

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    "Dimitris Salpingidis gets the run on Junior Diaz and hits it true but what a save! Fantastic from Keylor Navas, his positioning was excellent. But that is what Greece can do in wide areas, the ball in from Jose Holebas was absolutely fantastic."

    You can listen to BBC Radio 5 live's commentary by clicking on the Live Coverage tab at the top of this page.

  • GREAT SAVE!

    Costa Rica 0-0 Greece

    Posted at37 mins

    Well you have to say that is brilliant!

    Greek left-back Jose Holebas delivers a gem of a cross from deep, it cuts out the entire Costa Rican defence, Dimitris Salpingidis steams onto it at the back stick but keeper Keylor Navas somehow keep it out, turning it away with his right knee.

    Fantastic reaction save.

  • Costa Rica 0-0 Greece

    Posted at34 mins

    This game is doing a solid job of reminding us that sometimes it's not romantic to see two underdogs duke it out.

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    Ed, West Sussex: What happened to the Costa Rica that ripped Uruguay apart? Can we have them back and return these imposters please?

    Paul Gekapadolopolous: Four 1-0 wins and we are world champions, come on!

  • Former Blackburn Rovers striker Jason Roberts

    BBC Radio 5 live

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    "When they get the opportunity Greece are happy to shoot from 35 yards out. One of the reasons they are doing that is they are not getting many runners into the box.

    "You can see how they kept eight clean sheets in their World Cup qualifying campaign but you can also see why they've only scored the two goals here in Brazil, against Ivory Coast."

  • Costa Rica 0-0 Greece

    Posted at30 mins

    Now listen up Giorgos Samaras - if you go beyond the last defender, you'll be offside. That's twice now the big man has wasted a good break by straying into the red zone.

    I agree with you Steve. A frustrating man to watch.

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    Steve Huish, Surbiton: Giorgos Samaras is one of the most frustrating players of all time. Watching him play for Manchester City was painful. It's OK knocking in goals for Celtic but on the big stage he is sadly lacking.

  • Costa Rica 0-0 Greece

    Posted at26 mins

    Two facts about ages that will warp your mind.

    Michael Owen was 27 when he scored his last goal for England.

    Giorgos Karagounis was 27 when he won Euro 2004 with Greece. The former Fulham man still covers the turf like a racehorse, albeit a quite slow but well-built racehorse. Remarkable engine for a 37-year-old.

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    John McEnerney: Giorgos Samaras will be putting himself about tonight, not just for Greece but for himself. Shop window, no club! Celtic were nuts to let him go.

  • Costa Rica 0-0 Greece

    Posted at23 mins

    Thee free-kick comes to nothing and Greece are able to clear their lines. At the midway point of the half it's the Central Americans who have seen 58% of the ball. We've not had an effort on target and are ominously close to Mexican Wave territory.

  • Former Blackburn Rovers striker Jason Roberts

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Costa Rica 0-0 Greece

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    "Giorgos Karagounis was absolutely done by the skill of Joel Campbell. He and Bryan Ruiz are the players who can do something a little different and bring some magic to this Costa Rica side.

    "Greece are comfortable holding their positions but strangely enough it is when they get the ball that they start to look vulnerable.

    "Giorgos Samaras has started the game really well, I played up front in that position myself for much of my career and it is a very important job. The way he holds up the ball will allow his team-mates to get the ball out of the danger area, he is a very important player for Greece."

  • PENALTY APPEAL

    Costa Rica 0-0 Greece

    Posted at20 mins

    Great decision! Joel Campbell is tripped right on the edge of the box by Greece skipper Giorgos Karagounis, it looks like a penalty, ref Ben Williams gives a free-kick and is proved bang-on correct.

  • Costa Rica 0-0 Greece

    Posted at18 mins

    Giorgos Samaras embarks on one of those mazy dribbles that occasionally convince you that under there somewhere there is a really, really good player. But he then falls over his own feet and a team-mate misplaces a pass backwards and the ball is lost 60 yards downfield.

    A Greek comedy of errors.

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    Chuck Papadoupopoulos: Love to see us Greeks give it a good go tonight! Everyone is saying we cannot win, but we have Giorgos SAMARAS!

  • Costa Rica 0-0 Greece

    Posted at14 mins

    Someone's let a bugler in. It sounds like the third day of a Test match down under.

    Half a chance for Greece again, as Sokratis Papastathopoulos nods wide from a corner. Greece may well have the advantage from dead balls. Plenty of height and strength. And letters.

  • Former Blackburn Rovers striker Jason Roberts

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Costa Rica 0-0 Greece

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    "The backbone of Costa Rica's solid defence is their 5-4-1 formation, which switches to a 4-3-3. The wing-backs are very ambitious going forward but are also very defensive minded when they need to be.

    "A couple of sides have come up against it and tactically not known what to do. But today Costa Rica will have to be careful about the way they commit men forward. It's different to playing Uruguay or Italy.

    "Costa Rica are dictating this game. But when Greece need to attack they can be very good, as they showed against Ivory Coast, and are also dangerous from set pieces."

  • Costa Rica 0-0 Greece

    Posted at11 mins

    Giorgos Samaras is the Greek island furthest forward, and he chests down a long ball beautifully and looks to break in - but the offside flag was up. He needs support up top.

    Greece then have another effort, and again it's Lazaros Christodoulopoulos. Not doing the commentators any favours...

  • CLOSE!

    Costa Rica 0-0 Greece

    Posted at7 mins

    That is a nice flowing move from Costa Rica.

    Joel Campbell drops deep to pick the ball up, he is fouled by referee Ben Williams waves him on, Bryan Ruiz plays it out to Christian Bolanos on his left shoulder but the Copenhagen man can't keep his shot down and drills it over the top.

    The crowd roar their approval to the Ticos, who have settled well.

  • Costa Rica 0-0 Greece

    Posted at6 mins

    A terrible pass from Andreas Samaris almost plays Costa Rica in on goal but Bryan Ruiz is crowded out when perhaps he could have got the shot away earlier. Both sides looking sloppy on the ball early doors.

  • Former Blackburn Rovers striker Jason Roberts

    BBC Radio 5 live

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    "My last game playing for Grenada was a 0-0 draw against Costa Rica. They took us up into the hills somewhere and I seem to remember being kicked all over the pitch on AstroTurf. But today I am of course impartial."

  • Costa Rica 0-0 Greece

    Posted at4 mins

    The pocket of Greece fans are making some excellent noise in these opening exchanges, but the majority of the crowd remain behind Costa Rica and Cristian Gamboa gets the ground rocking with a low skidding shot wide of the far post.

  • Former Blackburn Rovers striker Jason Roberts

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Costa Rica 0-0 Greece

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    "For both these nations it is a huge occasion but in different ways. Costa Rica have never been to the quarter-final. For Greece I've heard that because of the issues back home they are going to donate their bonuses back to the Greek FA.

    "Both have a lot to play for. I was so impressed with the way Costa Rica's midfield contained Andrea Pirlo in their win over Italy. How Greece are able to keep up with the pace of Yeltsin Tejeda and Celso Borges will be key to who wins this midfield battle."

    You can listen to BBC Radio 5 live's commentary by clicking on the Live Coverage tab at the top of this page.

  • Costa Rica 0-0 Greece

    Posted at2 mins

    Greece with the first shot of the game, as Lazaros Christodoulopoulos fires well over the top. If you wanted Lazaros Christodoulopoulos' name on the back of your Bologna shirt, it would cost you approximately 300Euro to have it stitched on.

  • KICK-OFF

    Costa Rica 0-0 Greece

    Posted at0 mins

    False start! Costa Rica jump the gun on the kick-off, but we are under way at the second attempt.

  • Costa Rica v Greece (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:56

    The Greek anthem gets jeered as it is announced. From first impressions it seems that the neutrals are siding with Costa Rica.

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    Tony Munky: I reckon this one has penalties all over it, hopefully Costa Rica to win.

    Jonathan Northall: I'm going for a 1-0 win for Costa Rica-ca-ca.

    Eyobel Gomini: Costa Rica to thrash Greece 4-0, Joel Campbell to grab a hat-trick!

  • Costa Rica v Greece (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:54

    Here we go then! The boys are on the park, it's anthem time.

  • Costa Rica v Greece (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:53

    We've got an Australian ref tonight, Ben Williams, and he may be the most casual ref I've heard at a major game.

    After pulling Greece captain Giorgos Karagounis to one side, this was his opener:

    "Ah look mate, if it goes to extra-time, we'll keep the boys on the park. You can all have a drink and we'll turn it around, alright? You know the drill buddy."

    The Greeks are incredibly vocal in the tunnel. Pumped.

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    Arnold Kanyangonda: Greece may well be the least enterprising, least entertaining, most uninspiring team to ever make the knockout stages.

    Luke: Eagerly awaiting another master-class from Joel Campbell. Not many players are born for the Premier League.

  • Costa Rica v Greece (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:47

    Less than 15 minutes away from kick-off then and I've already seen one child asleep in the stands. Come on, let's get up for this one.

    It's going to be a World Cup classic. 4-4 AET.

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    We've been asking if Greece winning Euro 2004 is the biggest upset in a major tournament? Can anyone top it? How far can Greece or Costa Rica go this time? What's the key to victory in Recife?

    Aaserhna: Nigeria coming from behind to beat Brazil with a golden goal at the Atlanta 1996 Olympics qualifies as one of best major upsets.

  • Can you Campbell?

    Costa Rica v Greece (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:43

    This evening will be another chance for Arsenal fans to get a glimpse of one of their own as Costa Rica striker Joel Campbell aims to shine.

    Campbell was signed by Arsenal in 2011 but has never played a game for the club, though Arsene Wenger has reportedly said that he wants Campbell involved in the new season.

    "As a youngster, he would juggle empty cans on the street," says our reporter Ben Smith.

    "On one such occasion he was spotted by then Costa Rica manager Ricardo La Volpe. The national side were playing friendlies close by and, while his friends bought tickets to go to the games, Campbell told them all he wanted to go, but as a player. A few weeks later, La Volpe called him up to the Costa Rica national team."

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    Jon, Brentwood: The three quarter-finalists through so far are all group winners. I'm going for Costa Rica to make it four.

  • BBC Radio 5 live

    Coming up on TV, radio and online

    Costa Rica v Greece (21:00 BST)

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    BBC Radio 5 live will have full coverage of the 21:00 BST kick-off between Costa Rica and Greece, with Alistair Bruce-Ball and Jason Roberts providing the commentary.

    Alternatively you can listen to BBC Radio 5 live's commentary by clicking on the Live Coverage tab at the top of this page.

    Later you can watch highlights of Costa Rica v Greece and the earlier match between Netherlands and Mexico on Match of the Day from 01:05 on BBC One.

    How to follow the World Cup across BBC TV, radio and online.

  • BBC Radio 5 live

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    South American football expert Tim Vickery: "Costa Rica have been one of the big surprises of this World Cup. But I think Costa Rica fans could be thinking their amazing World Cup could get even more amazing still.

    "We knew that the conditions would favour the Latin American teams in general but people tend to look down on Concacaf teams. Yet they have had such a great tournament, with the exception of Honduras, but I do think there is better to come from Honduras.

    "Mexico are the huge powers in the region, and they will have such a complex now about not making the last eight of the World Cup. They've won Olympic titles, they won the U17 World Cup, and this was supposed to be the year they made the quarter finals.

    "Costa Rica now have a real chance of beating Greece and then facing a Netherlands side who will have to pay the price for playing in the conditions in Fortaleza."

  • Costa Rica v Greece (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:31

    We could fall into a possession black hole tonight. What happens if neither side want the ball?

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    If that entry doesn't persuade you to settle in for a night of Casualty and the Antiques Roadshow, nothing will...

  • Greece goal glut?

    Costa Rica v Greece (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:26

    Greece's seven wins at major tournaments have never been by more than one clear goal (four 1-0 and three 2-1 wins).

    Greece have only won two of their nine World Cup games, both against African sides (v Nigeria in 2010 & Ivory Coast in 2014).

    Greece have scored in only two of their nine games at the World Cup (the two 2-1 wins v Nigeria & Ivory Coast).

    Greece have only kept one clean sheet in nine World Cup games, against Japan in 2014 (0-0).

  • Costa Rica v Greece (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:24

    Both countries have been doing some last-minute homework, having not expected to face each other. Energetic Costa Rica midfielder Yeltsin Tejeda admitted: "We were thinking more about Colombia and the Ivory Coast. Now we have to change the video cassette."

    The footage will reveal a dogged Greek side that adopt the ultra-defensive Italian catenaccio system. Their never-say-die attitude enabled them to recover from a 3-0 opening defeat by Colombia to eventually pip Ivory Coast to second spot, albeit with a controversial last-minute penalty, and secure qualification to the last 16 for the first time.

    They won Euro 2004 despite only scoring seven goals in six games. Can they repeat that on the world stage?

  • LINE-UPS

    Costa Rica v Greece (21:00 BST)

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    Costa Rica: Navas, Gamboa, Duarte, Gonzalez, Umana, Diaz, Ruiz, Borges, Tejeda, Bolanos, Campbell. Subs: Pemberton, Acosta, Myrie, Barrantes, Francis, Granados, Brenes, Miller, Calvo, Urena, Cubero, Cambronero.

    Greece: Karnezis, Torosidis, Manolas, Papastathopoulos, Holebas, Karagounis, Salpingidis, Maniatis, Christodoulopoulos, Samaris, Samaras. Subs: Glykos, Tzavelas, Moras, Tziolis, Kone, Mitroglou, Vyntra, Gekas, Fetfatzidis, Katsouranis, Tachtsidis, Kapino.

    Referee: Benjamin Williams (Australia)

  • Former Blackburn Rovers striker Jason Roberts

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    Costa Rica v Greece (21:00 BST)

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    "When you saw the teams Costa Rica had to play against in the group stages you thought they might not get any points at all but they have surprised at this tournament.

    "In the match against Italy I think the manager Jorge Luis Pinto got his tactics absolutely right. Costa Rica lined up in a 4-3-3, they stopped Italy playing and put pressure on Andrea Pirlo.

    "Tonight they are up against a Greece side who have only scored two goals at this tournament but who are very experienced and know how to keep clean sheets. It's going to be an exciting game, I hope Costa Rica score first and force Greece to come out."

  • Where are we?

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    Arena Pernambuco, Recife

    Capacity: 42,800

    Opened: May 2013.

    Fixtures: 15 June, Ivory Coast 2-1 Japan; 20 June, Italy 0-1 Costa Rica; 23 June; Croatia 1-3 Mexico; 26 June, United States 0-1 Germany; 29 June,Second-round, Costa Rica v Greece, 21:00.

    Altitude: Sea level.

    Climate: Wet. It rains in Recife on average 224 days a year - which is nearly double Manchester's average. Temperatures tend to peak at 28C in June and July, which are Recife's two wettest months. Humidity is also usually high during these months.

    Time Zone: GMT -3 hours.

    Approximate distance from Rio: 1,426 miles.

    Where is it?: On the Atlantic coast on the east of Brazil, close to the equator and among tropical forests.

    Background: This brand new stadium was built in an economically deprived area on the outskirts of Recife, and will eventually form part of a leisure complex and residential development which it is hoped will act as a catalyst for local regeneration.

    Construction progress was slower than Fifa would have liked, but the stadium was eventually declared operationally ready on 20 May 2013, with a friendly between Nautico and Sporting Lisbon serving as a test event two days later.

  • There's no rain

    Costa Rica v Greece (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:11

    The match between United States and Germany was almost a total wash out in Recife on Thursday, with the rain hitting so hard that the town centre was flooded out.

    And while the surrounds of the Arena Pernambuco are pretty damp, with heavy rain for most of the day, there's no rain in the sky currently and the pitch looks pretty much perfect. The weather is not an issue tonight.

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    Even 10 years on, Greece winning Euro 2004 seems remarkable.

    Was it the biggest upset in a major tournament? Can anyone top it? How far can Greece or Costa Rica go this time? What's the key to victory in Recife?

    Let us know. You can text in on 81111 (UK Only), tweet us at #bbcworldcup or drop us a line on our Facebook page.

  • Costa Rica v Greece (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:05

    Greece - European champions a decade ago, incredibly - are new to the knockout stages of the World Cup.

    They had finished fourth and third in their groups on their two previous tournaments in 1994 and 2010, but made it through this time around thanks toGiorgos Samaras's late penalty against the Ivory Coast.

    If they make it to the quarter-finals, the Greek Federation may have a problem as coach Fernando Santos's contract expires on Monday. He has previously said he doesn't intend staying a day longer.

    That wasn't the best of planning was it?

  • Costa Rica v Greece (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:02

    Costa Rica are playing at this stage of the tournament for the second time in their history.

    In 1990, they qualified from Group C behind Brazil after beating both Scotland and Sweden, a feat they matched this time around with wins over Uruguay and Italy.

    Twenty-four years ago the dream came to an end in the last 16 however, as Czechoslovakia handed out a heavy 4-1 hammering.

    Can they reach the quarters this time around?

  • What are you two doing here?

    Costa Rica v Greece (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:00

    The last 16 of the World Cup.

    Home of the elite, the creme de la creme, footballing royalty. Well, that's the theory anyway.

    But as the footballers of Spain, Italy, England, Portugal, Croatia and the Ivory Coast all put their feet up at home and get their spare currency exchanged, those representing Costa Rica and Greece will battle it out for a quarter-final berth against the Netherlands.

    The eyes of the world are on Recife. Will it be the 28th best team in the world who go through, or the 12th?

    We shall find out...

  • Team news

    Costa Rica v Greece (21:00 BST)

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    Costa Rica make two changes from the side which drew 0-0 with England. Christian Bolanos and Michael Umana return.

    Greece make one change from the side which beat Ivory Coast, as Andreas Samaris starts after scoring from the bench.

    Costa Rica: Navas, Gonzalez, Umana, Borges, Duarte, Bolanos, Campbell, Ruiz, Diaz, Gamboa, Tejeda

    Greece: Karnezis, Maniatis, Manolas, Samaras, Karagounis (c), Salpingidis, Torosidis, Christodoulopoulos, Papastathopoulos, Holebas, Samaris

Posted on Sunday 29th June 2014

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