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Costa Rica's Penalty Win to Reach World Cup Quarter-Final Sent Nation Wild

Costa Rica soccer fans celebrate a goal against Greece as they watch the World Cup round of 16 match on TV set up in a public square in San Jose, Costa Rica, Sunday, June 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)
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Mark PattersonUK Staff WriterJune 30, 2014

Reaching the World Cup quarter-finals is a big deal, no matter where you're from. 

But when your country has never done it before—as was the case with Costa Rica—it means even more. 

For the Central American nation, the party began after the team ousted Greece on penalties.

RECIFE, BRAZIL - JUNE 29:  Yeltsin Tejeda of Costa Rica celebrates with teammates defeating Greece in a penalty shootout 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,
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A huge crowd had gathered in the capital, San Jose, to watch the game. As Joel Campbell tweeted, it was quite a sight from above:

Costa Rica de fiesta #CRC pic.twitter.com/monBGMxcRZ

— Joel Campbell (@joel_campbell12) June 30, 2014

Even if Costa Rica's run were to end at the quarter-final stage to the Netherlands, the team have already advanced out of a group containing England, Italy and Uruguay as winners, and they've held their nerve against Greece to advance.

Esteban Felix/Associated Press

There'll be some sore heads in San Jose as the dust settles on last night's party.

RECIFE, BRAZIL - JUNE 29:  A Costa Rica fan enjoys the atmosphere 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 Walton/Getty Images)
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