Greece vs. Costa Rica: Live Player Ratings

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured ColumnistJune 29, 2014

RECIFE, BRAZIL - JUNE 29:  Michael Umana of Costa Rica celebrates after scoring his penalty kick and defeating Greece during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Round of 16 match between Costa Rica and Greece at Arena Pernambuco on June 29, 2014 in Recife, Brazil.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
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Costa Rica defeated Greece on penalties to move into the World Cup quarterfinals for the first time in their history.

The Ticos won 5-3 on penalties after the game ended at 1-1 after 120 minutes of regulation and extra time. 

After 90 minutes, the two sides were level thanks to a stoppage-time equalizer by Sokratis Papastathopoulos that came after a Bryan Ruiz 52nd-minute strike.

Costa Rica went down to 10 men with 24 minutes left in regulation due to the second yellow card shown to Oscar Duarte. 

Check below for comprehensive player ratings and analysis from this round-of-16 clash.  

Greece Player Ratings
PlayerHalf-time RatingFull-time Rating
Orestis Karnezis66
Vasilis Torosidis66
Kostas Manolas66
Sokratis Papastathopoulos6.57
Jose Cholevas67
Giannis Maniatis66
Giorgos Karagounis66
Dimitris Salpingidis6.25.7
Andreas Samaris66
Lazaros Christodoulopoulos6.56.5
Georgios Samaras5.56.5
Kostas MitroglouN/A6.5
Theofanis GekasN/A6.5
Konstantinos KatsouranisN/A6

Half-time Analysis: 

Orestis Karnezis: Was forced to jump up and snatch a corner kick in the 31st minute, but other than that, he hasn't had much to do. 

Vasilis Torosidis: Only made 18 touches, and he completed just 58 percent of his passes. 

Kostas Manolas: Made three effective clearances from his center-back position. 

Sokratis Papastathopoulos: His header off the first Greek corner flew off to the right of the goal. 

Jose Cholevas: Tried to get things going in attack on the left wing in the 30th minute, but his cross did not find its intended target right away. 

Giannis Maniatis: Made a strong tackle in the 20th minute to concede a corner. 

Giorgos Karagounis: Took down Campbell with a tackle on the edge of the box that led to a free-kick. On the offensive end, he fired a shot on goal in the 28th minute that barely tested Navas. 

Dimitris Salpingidis: Had a shot saved by Navas in the 37th minute. 

Andreas Samaris: Picked up a yellow card for a sliding tackle on Campbell in the 36th minute. 

Lazaros Christodoulopoulos: Tried to make nothing out of a failed free-kick with a high shot in the second minute. He also fired a prospective shot in the 12th minute that went wide. 

Georgios Samaras: Was whistled on a few occasions for being offside, which halted any chance of him testing Navas. 

Full-time Analysis: 

Karnezis: Could do nothing but stare at the ball hit by Ruiz that found the bottom right corner of the net, and he failed to stop a single penalty. 

Torosidis: Should have been whistled for a handball in the box right after the Costa Rica goal as the ball struck his hand as he came down from his leap. 

Manolas: Picked up a booking in the 73rd minute for a sliding tackle from behind on the speedy Campbell. 

Papastathopoulos: Put home the equalizing goal in the waning moments of the second half to send the game into extra time. 

RECIFE, BRAZIL - JUNE 29: Joel Campbell of Costa Rica challenges Sokratis Papastathopoulos of Greece during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Round of 16 match between Costa Rica and Greece at Arena Pernambuco on June 29, 2014 in Recife, Brazil.  (Photo by J
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Cholevas: Made a prospective run down the left in the 89th minute, but he could not control the ball with his body to force a pass into one of his teammates. 

Maniatis: Made 63 touches from his defensive midfield position, but he only completed 70 percent of his 53 passes. 

Karagounis: Was extremely active in the middle of the pitch with 104 touches, and a pass accuracy rate of 92 percent. 

Salpingidis: His only contribution to the match was his shot on goal late in the first half. 

Samaris: Did touch the ball on 40 occasions, but he was mostly ineffective, in his time on the pitch. 

Christodoulopoulos: Had a wild effort on goal in the 94th minute that sailed high, and to the right of the goal. His shot in the 113th minute off a breakaway was denied by Navas. 

Samaras: Hit a header off a set piece straight into the arms of Navas to begin the second half, and he continued to threaten the Costa Rican goal through the air throughout the remainder of the game. 


Kostas Mitroglou: Had a chance late in stoppage time, but he was denied by a leaping Navas. Also tried to get one on goal in the final seconds of extra time, but he was once again shot down by the Costa Rican keeper. 

Theofanis Gekas: His shot in the 90th minute forced a save from Navas that produced a rebound for Papastathopoulos to finish. Had a chance to head home a shot in the 95th minute, but he failed to properly connect. 

Konstantinos Katsouranis: Made 43 touches off the bench, none of which helped his side gain a major attacking foothold. 

Costa Rica Player Ratings
PlayerHalf-time RatingFull-time Rating
Keylor Navas6.58.5
Junior Diaz5.57
Giancarlo Gonzalez67
Michael Umana67
Oscar Duarte65.5
Cristian Gamboa66.5
Christian Bolanos66.5
Yeltsin Tejeda6.56.5
Celso Borges67
Bryan Ruiz6.57
Joel Campbell6.56.5
Jose CuberoN/A6
Johnny AcostaN/A6.5
Randall BrenesN/A6.7

Half-time Analysis: 

Keylor Navas: Made a strong kick save on Salpingidis for his only real action of the half. 

Junior Diaz: Was not too active on the left on either side of the ball. 

Giancarlo Gonzalez: Did not put up too many numbers on the defensive side of the ball, but he did complete 83 percent of his passes.

Michael Umana: Swept away a cross from Samaras in the 15th minute. 

Oscar Duarte: Picked up a caution in the 43rd minute for holding Christodoulopoulos. 

Cristian Gamboa: Sent in an adventurous cross into the box in the fifth minute. 

Christian Bolanos: Hit a shot from a tough angle in the eighth minute after receiving a pass from the captain Ruiz. 

Yeltsin Tejeda: Made just 27 touches in the center of the pitch for the Group D winners. 

Celso Borges: Completed 95 percent of his passes, and both of his attempted longballs. 

Bryan Ruiz: Made two key passes and 31 touches in an attempt to spur the Ticos forward. 

Joel Campbell: Had some bright spells of hold-up play, and he was able to earn a free-kick in dangerous territory after forcing Karagounis to foul him. 

Full-time Analysis: 

Navas: His biggest involvement in the match came on the fourth Greek penalty when he denied Gekas. He made a total of seven saves in regulation and extra time. 

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Diaz: Was forced to defend for his life after the red card, and he did with seven effective clearances and an interception. 

Gonzalez: Denied Cholevas' cross from causing any danger in the box with a sliding challenge in the 71st minute. Made another crucial block on Katsouranis in the 100th minute. 

Umana: Made 11 effective clearances for a Costa Rican side that was forced to fight hard to stay alive, but his biggest impact on the match came on his winning penalty. 

Duarte: Was sent off in the 66th minute for his second yellow card. He clipped Cholevas with a sliding tackle for his second caution, which was the right decision by the referee. 

Gamboa: Made five effective clearances and four tackles before exiting the match for fresher legs in the 77th minute. 

Bolanos: Made two key passes, and won an aerial duel in his 83 minutes on the pitch, but he only completed 60 percent of his passes. 

Tejeda: Went into the book in the 48th minute for a tackle on Karagounis. 

Borges: Made just 43 touches, and as the game went on, he began to pick up some tired legs, but he did score on his penalty in the shootout. 

Ruiz: His shot wasn't the hardest ever taken, but it still did the job in the 52nd minute to put the Ticos ahead. 

RECIFE, BRAZIL - JUNE 29:  Bryan Ruiz of Costa Rica celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Round of 16 match between Costa Rica and Greece at Arena Pernambuco on June 29, 2014 in Recife, Brazil.  (Photo by Ian Walto
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Campbell: Was left alone up front after the red card, which took him out of the game. 


Jose Cubero: Cut through a pair of defenders in the 112th minute to send in a cross that forced a corner. 

Johnny Acosta: Made three tackles on defense for the Ticos after coming on in the 77th minute. 

Randall Brenes; Attempted a cross in the 104th minute that did not have enough pace on it to find Campbell in the middle of the box. Also fired a shot over the bar in the 106th minute. 

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