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Netherlands beats Costa Rica in penalty shootout



By MIKE CORDER

SALVADOR, Brazil (AP) - Tim Krul came on as a substitute in the final minute of extra time and then saved two penalties in a 4-3 shootout victory over Costa Rica on Saturday, giving the Netherlands a spot in the World Cup semifinals.

The Newcastle goalkeeper saved spot kicks from Costa Rica captain Bryan Ruiz and Michael Umana after the match had finished 0-0.

The Dutch team will next face Argentina in the semifinals on Wednesday in Sao Paulo.

In another stroke of tactical genius at this year's World Cup, Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal pulled Jasper Cillessen moments after the Ajax goalkeeper had kept his team in the match by saving a shot from Marcos Urena in extra time.

Krul looked super confident during the shootout, saving the second and fifth penalties.

When Krul stopped Ruiz's penalty, Cillessen, watching from the sideline, punched the air in celebration.

Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas had kept his team in the match with a string of saves in the first half and again in extra time. When Wesley Sneijder twice beat him late in regulation and again in the second half of extra time, the woodwork made the stop.

Sneijder hit the post with a free kick in the 80th minute and sent a curling shot over Navas and off the crossbar before the penalty shootout.

At the end, however, Navas could not stop any of the four Dutch penalties as Robin van Persie, Arjen Robben, Sneijder and Dirk Kuyt all scored.

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jurgenjoshua July 05 2014 at 7:47 PM

Costa rica you made your country proud. You played awesome. Germany will win it all.

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cayzedo July 05 2014 at 7:57 PM

Fifa's puppet referees won't let the Diving Dutchman Robben face the music: he should get the trophy for best choreography, and his malarky is the reason Holland stands where it stands today. Just replay in slow motion the multiplicity of fouls and penalties he has created, and you'll see that he starts flying when he's 5 inches away from being touched. The guy has obviously mastered tricky moves that are, sadly, giving a lousy faced to an otherwise noble sport.

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dpsinmd July 05 2014 at 8:45 PM

Having worked in CR for over a year, I was really rooting for them. They really love their soccer down there. During the 2006 Cup, the country took time off to watch their matches. Well done, they also made their country proud.

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eoramz July 05 2014 at 8:57 PM

Lots of suspense, 3 shots to the post...awesome football!

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papo72 eoramz July 06 2014 at 12:16 PM

Yep. Another one. You give all us americans a bad name by pretending we are all idiots.. drooling in the stand... drool droool.. huhuuh scoooree!! droool drool huhuhuh a score!! droool drrooll huhuhh a score!! Someone asks you "did you enjoy the game? Did you see the strategy?" You: drool what strategy? uuhmm drrooooll uhuhuhuh Score !!!

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Ron July 06 2014 at 4:38 AM

Another exciting game that ends in a tie and has to be decided in a shootout. What a BS sport this is! The dives, the overacting, the 0-0 and 1-0 final scores ..... they can try all they want to ram this down our throats, Americans will never accept it because we recognize crap when we see it. Maybe if they made the goal a little bigger we'd get 2 or 3 goals scored per game, keep us awake for more than 30 minutes.

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Marlene Myrie July 06 2014 at 2:44 AM

As a transplanted Costa Rican, I am proud of our team and the way they played today, overall I think the Costa Rican team was brilliant and represented well, KUDOS - COSTA RICA ES PURA VIDA!!!

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kcarthey July 05 2014 at 9:41 PM

Pura vida! For a team that has a budget of less than a NFL player makes on a given Sunday, you performed miracles. Those at home and that includes us expats are incredibly proud of you and celebrate your great accomplishments.

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stylz2k69 July 05 2014 at 9:36 PM

Time for FIFA to deal with fake diving, particulary inside the penalty area.If a penalty is called inside area should be reviewed by the team committing foul, if found to be caused by faking a dive(like Robben) than diving player should be given a red. card. period.

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goggleplex stylz2k69 July 06 2014 at 3:44 PM

stylz2k69, Agreed !

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cayzedo stylz2k69 July 06 2014 at 9:04 PM

Totally agree. the Diving Dutchman Robben has stolen at least three games in this cup with his masterly choreographed fake fouls. Reviews should be mandatory, for the sake of the sport's credibility.

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grgrytckr July 06 2014 at 7:47 AM

Hey Americans get off the Soccer ban wagon . Baseball is in full swing with the All Star Game happening this week with half the season to go its way more exiting and American than these fuddy duddy clowns.

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stylz2k69 grgrytckr July 06 2014 at 8:13 AM

Nothing more boring than watching play baseball.All you do is eat hotdogs drink beer and watch your belly get bigger and bigger. I believe there is a big connection between American obesity and watching baseball. I admit I do like playing softball there is more action than baseball.

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xsandxtoesx stylz2k69 July 06 2014 at 11:33 AM

I like all sports so please lets not diss other sports and just try to ignore them or enjoy them.

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stylz2k69 grgrytckr July 06 2014 at 8:19 AM

My town has winter indoor soccer, basketball and softball/ baseball clinics, Guess who attracted the most kids for both boys and girls? It was SOCCER by a 3 to 1 margin. The other coaches complained to the soccer coach to change the time of his recreation so they could get more kids to come to their clinics.

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jurgenjoshua July 05 2014 at 9:17 PM

zhubin. SHUT UP!!! you have no idea what you are talking about. Go watch cricket and shut up!!!

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zhubin_zarindast jurgenjoshua July 05 2014 at 11:27 PM

That was funny bro, that's some angry German right there. You idiota, just because my name is Zhubin, it doesn't mean I'm Indian, you moron. auf Wiedersehen Deutschland.

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