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06/24/2014 05:55 EDT | Updated 08/24/2014 05:59 EDT

FIFA World Cup: Greece 2, Ivory Coast 1

The Ivory Coast had its heart broken when Greece earned a dubious penalty in injury time and won 2-1 to advance to the Round of 16 for the first time in World Cup history. 

Giorgos Samaras was the hero for Greece, stepping up to the spot after the penalty was called and slamming home a shot past Boubacar Barry to send his side to the knockout round. 

Before then, the Ivory Coast looked like it was finally going to live up to expectations and move past the group stage. Wilfried Bony’s marker for Les Elephants in the 74th minute cancelled out an Andreas Samaris strike in the first half, and a draw would’ve been enough to see the Ivory Coast through. 

But Eucador referee Carlos Vera became the centre of the story by calling a spot kick for Greece at the death. Replays showed that Samaras may have actually tripped over his own feet, instead of being tripped by Ivorian forward Giovanni Sio. 

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