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Navas: We have nothing to fear from the Netherlands

Costa Rica are confident of writing another chapter in their World Cup fairytale when they come up against the Netherlands in the last eight.

Costa Rica reached the quarter-finals of the World Cup for the first time on Sunday night when they overcame Greece 5-3 on penalties after a 1-1 stalemate in Recife.

After outperforming former world champions England, Italy and Uruguay, Costa Rica will now come up against one of the favourites for the trophy - the Netherlands.

Costa Rica will be big underdogs again in Salvador, but Sunday's penalty hero Keylor Navas sees no reason why he and his team-mates cannot pull off another shock win.

"We are thrilled to be through to the quarter-finals," the Costa Rica goalkeeper said. "We're doing something massively important for our country. We need to keep this feeling going. They are a great side and one of the biggest teams in the world, but we're going be just as determined them and show the same character. We'll be going out to win."

Navas almost gave up on his dream of becoming a professional footballer by pursuing a career as a graphic designer instead. Now the goalkeeper is sure to the subject of interest from big clubs across Europe, especially as he has one year left on his current contract with Levante.

Navas, who reportedly has a release clause of £6.5m in his contract, sent Costa Rica through when he saved the penalty of his former Levante team-mate Theofanis Gekas. The fact that Navas had played and trained alongside Gekas always made him confident of stopping the Greek striker's attempt.

"We played together at Levante and I remembered what he used to do in training," Navas revealed. "I was confident he wasn't going to change the way he takes his penalties, and in the end I was able to keep it out."

Navas kept Greece out during a frantic half hour of extra-time though and his penalty heroics sent Costa Rica through.

The defeat was hard to take for Greece captain Giorgos Karagounis, who was making his 143rd and final appearance for his country.

"This was my last game for Greece," the 37-year-old said. "We wanted to stay in Brazil another week or even longer but you can't change it now.

"You don't always get such breaks in life but our heads are high."

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