Colombia converted an 11th-hour penalty to complete an improbable comeback and eliminate Costa Rica from this FIFA U-20 World Cup. James Rodriguez was the player who held his nerve to snatch a 3-2 win and send a sell-out crowd in Bogota into ecstasy, after Pedro Franco got them on level terms 11 minutes from time.
On a cold night in Bogota, Colombia started brightly, with Michael Ortega and Jose Valencia registering shots on goal. Joel Campbell responded for Costa Rica midway through the half, cannoning the ball against the crossbar.
Valencia did the same from fully 35 yards on 35 minutes, to gasps of despair from the home supporters, before the first half ended goalless.
Colombia broke the deadlock on 56 minutes. Michael Ortega threaded a delightful pass behind the Costa Rica defence, which Luis Muriel outsprinted en route to poking the ball past goalkeeper Aaron Cruz.
The crowd went wild, but they were silenced seven minutes later and dumbfounded two minutes after that. First, Juan Golobio's incredible, low pass picked out John Ruiz, who stroked home the equaliser. Then, Mynor Escoe slalomed his way into a shooting position before firing home from the edge of the box to make it 2-1.
The clock seemed to be ticking down rapidly for the Colombians, but they were immensely relieved on 79 minutes when Franco headed home from close range.
Extra time appeared on the cards but, in the third minute of injury time, Duvan Zapata was felled in the area and Rodriguez made no mistake from 12 yards.
Colombia were in the last eight. Bliss overcame 'El Campin'.