Costa Rica are into the quarter-finals of the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup after a penalty shoot-out win over France in Puerto Montt.

The Central Americans won 5-3 on penalties to reach the quarter-finals for the first time in ten years, where they will now face Belgium.

France had been free-scoring in the group stage but they found Costa Rica to be tough to break down, despite dominating large chunks of the contest.

All the goalmouth action of the first half was at the Costa Rican end with Reine Adelaide notably firing over the crossbar early on.

Jean Ruiz fired on target from distance, needing a strong intervention from Costa Rica goalkeeper Alejandro Barrientos. Next it was the turn of Odsonne Edouard to fire over the bar when presented with a good sight of goal.

Costa Rica improved their performance in the second half and they become more dangerous in attack, while France lacked the same rhythm they had in the first half

Roberto Cordoba produced Costa Rica’s first real threat to the France goal soon after the break but goalkeeper Luca Zidane was equal to the task.

Cordoba then teed up Andy Rees but the striker’s header came back off the bar in what proved the closest opportunity of the match.

France captain Timothe Cognat was the unfortunate victim in the shoot-out, where his lone miss proved enough for Costa Rica to advance.