Samba Sunrise: Costa Rica continue to surprise

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Round of 16 - Netherlands 2 (Sneijder 87', Huntelaar 90+3' pen) Mexico 1 (dos Santos 47')
Preview • Match Report • Stats Zone • Analysis

Round of 16 - Costa Rica 1 (Ruiz 51') Greece 1 (Papastathopoulos 90') [5-3 on penalties]
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What they say

"Mexico will join Chile in wondering just how they have lost at this point of the competition, but you have to credit the Dutch for continuing to push forward with as much intensity as they did in the final stages in blazing conditions. Match Entertainment Value: 8/10."

FFT/Shepparton News' Matthew Galea, Netherlands 2 Mexico 1

"The neutrals will be pleased as Costa Rica's fairytale run continues. They were full of determination and spirit throughout this game, even when down to 10 men. Good riddance to Greece - the dourest team in the competition that somehow made it this far. Match Entertainment Value: 6/10"

FFT's Gary Koh, Costa Rica 1 Greece 1 (5-3 on penalties)


Miguel Herrera has accused Arjen Robben of cheating to win a stoppage-time penalty as Netherlands knocked Mexico out of the World Cup. "It's a World Cup where everything was against Mexico from the start," he said.

"Robben threw himself to the floor three times and no-one said anything to him."

Robben himself has insisted the penalty award was fair, but readily agreed that he'd gone down far too easily earlier in the contest. The Netherlands winger apologised for diving before winning the decisive injury-time penalty where Rafael Marquez appeared to make contact as Robben threw himself to the ground theatrically.

"The one (at the end) was a penalty, but the other one was a dive in the first half. I shouldn't be doing that."

Greece coach Fernando Santos has lamented a lack of organisation from his team during extra-time of their round of 16 loss to Costa Rica. "Of course in extra time we had no organisation and our minds were not sharp due to exhaustion," the he said.

"We tried to push every way we could to score another goal but in the end it went to a shoot-out."

Costa Rica coach Jorge Luis Pinto was a much happier man though, as he said his side deserved to reach the quarter-finals at the World Cup after edging Greece on penalties. "This group is immense. The work, sacrifice and execution were sensational," he said.

"We deserved this for the sacrifice we made."

Injury Updates

Mexico's Hector Moreno has suffered a fracture to the tibia in his left leg, it has been confirmed after he was stretchered off during the match against Netherlands. Moreno went to ground at the end of the first half to make a challenge on Arjen Robben that left the Dutchman claiming for a penalty.

Midfielder Nigel de Jong looks set to miss the Netherlands' World Cup quarter-final on Sunday because of a groin strain. The Milan midfielder hobbled off after just nine minutes, with Louis van Gaal confirming that the experienced midfielder was all but certain to miss their next game.

Other News

United States coach Jurgen Klinsmann has told his players to reschedule their return flights from Brazil for after the World Cup final. The German-born coach seems to be telling his team that he has confidence that they will be there till the very end.

Switzerland will not employ any special measures to cope with Lionel Messi when they face Argentina on Wednesday, says coach Ottmar Hitzfeld. The coach knows that the Argentinian is capable of turning a match on its head in an instant, but wants his players to focus on their own jobs.

James Rodriguez is thrilled at the opportunity to take on Brazil in what will be a historic World Cup quarter-final for Colombia. "We have good players and we can be dangerous, so this is going to be a beautiful match. It will be something extraordinary for us to play," he said.

FIFA are investigating allegations that a Brazilian Football Confederation spokesman threw a punch at Chile striker Mauricio Pinilla. The reported confrontation is said to have occurred at half-time as the teams headed towards the dressing rooms, although communications director Rodrigo Paiva denies punching Pinilla.

David Luiz has revealed the struggles he endured to overcome an injury and play a decisive role in Brazil's World Cup win over Chile. A dominant display came after two days of intensive treatment on a back problem that the 27-year-old conceded was close to ruling him out of Sunday's last-16 contest.

Veteran Uruguay forward Diego Forlan says he is not ready to retire from international football. Some believed that Forlan would call time on his career after Uruguay bowed out of the World Cup but the Cerezo Osaka forward insists he will always be there if his country needs him.


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