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Netherlands out Costa Rica in penalties, face Argentina in semi-finals

Netherlands footballers celebrate after defeating Costa Rica during the penalty shootout.
Netherlands footballers celebrate after defeating Costa Rica during the penalty shootout.
Netherlands footballers celebrate after defeating Costa Rica during the penalty shootout.

The Netherlands advanced to a World Cup semi-final with Argentina by beating Costa Rica on penalties after a cagey, tactical last-eight battle finished 0-0 after extra-time.

Substitute goalkeeper Tim Krul, nicknamed "Goyco" after the Argentinean goalkeeper, was introduced just for the shootout and saved from Bryan Ruiz and Michael Umana as the Netherlands triumphed 4-3.

Costa Rica defended deeply from the start and goalkeeper Keylor Navas, whose performances have played a large part in his country's run to the quarter-finals for the first time, was again in sharp form with a series of saves, while Wesley Sneijder hit a post with an 81st-minute free kick and Robin van Persie had a scrambled shot cleared off the line in stoppage time of normal time.

The game blew wide open in extra time as Marcos Urena had a chance to win it for Costa Rica but had a shot well saved by Jasper Cillessen, while Sneijder hit the bar two minutes from the end.

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