1. Bravo, Ticos
They may have lost in the cruelest way imaginable, but Costa Rica won the respect of the world with their performance in Brazil. The tiny Central American nation wasn't beaten in regulation in five games, and shut out Uruguay, Italy, England and the Netherlands along the way.
Anyone who thought the Ticos were going to roll over in this match wasn't paying attention. Watching Costa Rica in this tournament, you knew they were going to be extremely tough to put away. Jorge Luis Pinto's team wasn't remotely fazed by the all-world Dutch. Indeed, the toughest spell for the Ticos on Saturday night -- aside from the frenetic final minutes of regulation -- was the first quarter hour of the match, when only keeper Keylor Navas' heroics kept them in the game. Costa Rica settled in well after that, but the ubertalented Oranje had the better of the play