Recife, Brazil: Not every team can conjure attacks out of thin air with grace and panache. Not every goal is a firecracker that enchants the neutral fan. Not every game can be an instant classic, even if this rollicking World Cup thus far has made it seem so. See if Costa Rica cares one bit about it.
Costa Rica gets to continue its dreamlike run at this World Cup after defeating Greece in a somnolent 1-1 game that had a penalty shootout tacked on as an exclamation point. Hailing from a country with a population roughly equal to Brooklyn and Queens combined, the Ticos have kept outlasting soccer titans and traditional powers to advance to their first World Cup quarterfinal. (Highlights)
"To the people in Costa Rica, those at home and on the streets, this is for you," coach Jorge Luis Pinto said.