World Cup - Quarter Final
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Netherlands win 4-3 on penalties

World Cup 2014: Netherlands 0-0 Costa Rica (4-3 on pens)

By Graham ChaseBBC Sport
Netherlands 0-0 Costa Rica (4-3 pens)

Goalkeeper Tim Krul came off the bench late in extra time and saved two penalties as the Netherlands beat Costa Rica in a shootout to set up a World Cup semi-final against Argentina.

Newcastle's Krul saved from Bryan Ruiz and Michael Umana to send the Dutch through after the game finished 0-0.

Wesley Sneijder had hit the woodwork twice for the Dutch, while Robin van Persie's shot was turned onto the bar.

They face Argentina, who beat Belgium, in Sao Paulo on Wednesday in the semis.

Netherlands boss Louis van Gaal, who will take charge at Manchester United at the end of the tournament, brought Krul on for Jasper Cillessen in added time at the end of 120 minutes.

And Krul's two saves proved decisive as the Dutch, who had lost each of their previous four World Cup matches that went to extra time, converted all four of their spot-kicks.

Costa Rica had progressed as winners from a group containing Uruguay, Italy and England, and once again impressed with their organisation and energy.

But just as they did against Mexico in the second round, Van Gaal's team found a way through despite being some way short of the fluency they showed in patches during the group phase.

It was 21 minutes before the Netherlands managed an effort on goal.

A sweeping move down the right ended with Dirk Kuyt crossing for Memphis Depay, who laid the ball off for Van Persie.

His low drive was blocked by goalkeeper Keylor Navas, who then saved Sneijder's follow-up.

Depay might have done better when he was released by Van Persie, but his stab at the near post was turned away by Navas.

Costa Rica's only threat came from Christian Bolanos free-kicks, with one flying just too high for midfielder Celso Borges to connect with, and another headed back across goal by Borges only for Johnny Acosta to fail to make contact.

Navas showed his quality once again when he tipped a bending Sneijder free-kick away from the top corner, but the Netherlands offered little going forward as the second half developed.

After forcing Giancarlo Gonzalez to head off target following a Bolanos set-piece, Ron Vlaar glanced a header high and wide from a whipped Sneijder free-kick at the other end.

When Navas was beaten, Sneijder's curling free-kick bounced away off a post.

As the Netherlands exerted some late pressure, Navas turned away a low drive from Van Persie and the Manchester United striker failed to make contact with a fine Sneijder cross.

Yeltsin Tejeda then diverted a close-range Van Persie effort onto the crossbar as a tiring Costa Rica took the game into extra time.

The Dutch continued to push on, with Navas forced to palm away a Vlaar header, but they could not find a way through, and Costa Rica had a penalty appeal rejected when Vlaar challenged substitute Marcos Urena, who then forced a full-length save from Cillessen.

There was still time for Sneijder's 20-yard drive to strike the crossbar, but it went to a penalty shootout and after Van Persie, Robben, Sneijder and Kuyt converted their penalties, Krul's save from Urena sent the 2010 beaten finalists through to the last four.

Wesley Sneijder
Wesley Sneijder hit the woodwork on two occasions
Keylor Navas
Keylor Navas conceded two goals in five World Cup matches
Bryan Ruiz
Bryan Ruiz was the first Costa Rica player to fail to score with a penalty in a shootout in Brazil, at the seventh attempt
Tim Krul
Krul was brought on 44 seconds before the final whistle
Tim Krul
In the past four World Cups they have qualified for, The Netherlands have reached the semi-finals now three times
Jorge Luis Pinto
Costa Rica had never reached the World Cup quarter-finals before

Line-ups

Netherlands

  • 1CillessenSubstituted forKrulat 120+1'minutes
  • 3de Vrij
  • 2Vlaar
  • 4Martins IndiBooked at 64minsSubstituted forHuntelaarat 105'minutesBooked at 111mins
  • 15Kuyt
  • 20Wijnaldum
  • 10Sneijder
  • 5Blind
  • 11Robben
  • 9van Persie
  • 21DepaySubstituted forLensat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Janmaat
  • 8de Guzmán
  • 12Verhaegh
  • 13Veltman
  • 14Kongolo
  • 16Clasie
  • 17Lens
  • 19Huntelaar
  • 22Vorm
  • 23Krul

Costa Rica

  • 1Navas
  • 16GamboaSubstituted forMyrieat 79'minutes
  • 2AcostaBooked at 107mins
  • 3GonzalezBooked at 81mins
  • 4UmañaBooked at 52mins
  • 15Díaz CampbellBooked at 37mins
  • 9CampbellSubstituted forUreñaat 66'minutes
  • 17Tejeda ValverdeSubstituted forCubero Loriaat 97'minutes
  • 5Borges
  • 7Bolaños
  • 10Ruiz

Substitutes

  • 8Myrie
  • 11Barrantes
  • 12Francis
  • 13Granados
  • 14Brenes
  • 18Pemberton
  • 20Calvo
  • 21Ureña
  • 22Cubero Loria
  • 23Cambronero
Referee:
Ravshan Irmatov
Attendance:
51,179

Match Stats

Home TeamNetherlandsAway TeamCosta Rica
Possession
Home67%
Away33%
Shots
Home20
Away6
Shots on Target
Home8
Away1
Corners
Home11
Away1
Fouls
Home15
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Netherlands 0(4), Costa Rica 0(3).

  2. Penalties over

    Penalty Shootout ends, Netherlands 0(4), Costa Rica 0(3).

  3. Post update

    Penalty saved! Michael Umaña (Costa Rica) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom right corner.

  4. Goal!

    Goal! Netherlands 0(4), Costa Rica 0(3). Dirk Kuyt (Netherlands) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

  5. Goal!

    Goal! Netherlands 0(3), Costa Rica 0(3). Christian Bolaños (Costa Rica) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top left corner.

  6. Goal!

    Goal! Netherlands 0(3), Costa Rica 0(2). Wesley Sneijder (Netherlands) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

  7. Goal!

    Goal! Netherlands 0(2), Costa Rica 0(2). Giancarlo Gonzalez (Costa Rica) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

  8. Goal!

    Goal! Netherlands 0(2), Costa Rica 0(1). Arjen Robben (Netherlands) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the top left corner.

  9. Post update

    Penalty saved! Bryan Ruiz (Costa Rica) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, left footed shot saved in the bottom right corner.

  10. Goal!

    Goal! Netherlands 0(1), Costa Rica 0(1). Robin van Persie (Netherlands) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom right corner.

  11. Goal!

    Goal! Netherlands 0, Costa Rica 0(1). Celso Borges (Costa Rica) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

  12. Penalties in progress

    Penalty Shootout begins Netherlands 0, Costa Rica 0.

  13. Post update

    Second Half Extra Time ends, Netherlands 0, Costa Rica 0.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Netherlands. Tim Krul replaces Jasper Cillessen.

  15. Post update

    Offside, Netherlands. Dirk Kuyt tries a through ball, but Robin van Persie is caught offside.

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Dirk Kuyt (Netherlands) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Arjen Robben.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (Netherlands).

  18. Post update

    David Myrie (Costa Rica) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Arjen Robben (Netherlands) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  20. Post update

    Wesley Sneijder (Netherlands) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Jeremain Lens.

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