Costa Rica celebrates historic World Cup win over Greece, heads to quarter finals for 1st time

The Associated Press
June 29, 2014 05:51 PM

Costa Rica soccer fans gather to watch their team's World Cup round of 16 match against Greece on TV set up in a public square in San Jose, Costa Rica, Sunday, June 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica - From the beaches to the capital, Costa Ricans poured into the streets Sunday to celebrate the national team's historic World Cup victory over Greece that will put the team in the quarterfinals for the first time.

Fans in the capital of San Jose gathered at the Fuente de la Hispanidad, a fountain and traditional celebrating spot, carrying flags, wearing wigs and jerseys, honking and whooping following the team's win in a penalty shootout.

"The country has fallen. There's been an earthquake," said restaurateur Teo Prestinary, 43, on the beach in Nosara, where he said it was jammed with countrymen cheering, whistling and singing "Vamos Ticos," or "Go, Costa Ricans." "It's beautiful. It's historic, emotional."

Maria Mendoza, 33, watched the celebration on television from nearby Santa Ana, said she was, "happy, happy, happy."

Costa Rica reached the match against Greece after defeating Uruguay and Italy and tying England in a division where it was considered the weakest team.

It won Sunday in a 5-3 shootout after the game ended 1-1 following extra time.

Now Costa Ricans say they could go all the way.

"We always had faith," said Luis Diego Escorriola, 42, who was watching the final game commentary before joining the celebration. "The entire country is going to the streets."

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