Netherlands beats Costa Rica in penalty shootout

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Netherlands beats Costa Rica in penalty shootout
The Dutch team celebrate after winning a penalty shoot out during the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between the Netherlands and Costa Rica at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Brazil, Saturday, July 5, 2014. The Netherlands won 4-3 0n penalties after the match ended 0-0 after extra time. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
Netherlands' goalkeeper Tim Krul saves a penalty kick during the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between the Netherlands and Costa Rica at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Brazil, Saturday, July 5, 2014. The Netherlands won 4-3 on penalty kicks. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
Netherlands' goalkeeper Tim Krul saves a penalty kick during the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between the Netherlands and Costa Rica at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Brazil, Saturday, July 5, 2014. The Netherlands won 4-3 on penalty kicks. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
Netherlands' goalkeeper Tim Krul makes a save on Costa Rica's Bryan Ruiz during a penalty shootout in extra time during the World Cup quarterfinal soccer matchat the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Brazil, Saturday, July 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
Netherlands' goalkeeper Tim Krul, center left, celebrates after making the final save in a penalty shoot out during the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between the Netherlands and Costa Rica at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Brazil, Saturday, July 5, 2014. The Netherlands won 4-3 0n penalties after the match ended 0-0 after extra time. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
Costa Rica and the Netherlands players look on during penalty kicks during the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between the Netherlands and Costa Rica at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Brazil, Saturday, July 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
Netherlands' Robin van Persie celebrates after scoring in a penalty shoot out during the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between the Netherlands and Costa Rica at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Brazil, Saturday, July 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
Netherlands' Arjen Robben talks to Netherlands' goalkeeper Tim Krul before a penalty shoot out during the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between the Netherlands and Costa Rica at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Brazil, Saturday, July 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
RECROP - Netherlands' Klaas-Jan Huntelaar fouls Costa Rica's goalkeeper Keylor Navas during the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between the Netherlands and Costa Rica at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Brazil, Saturday, July 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
Costa Rica's goalkeeper Keylor Navas dives as the ball hits the bar during the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between the Netherlands and Costa Rica at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Brazil, Saturday, July 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
Costa Rica's goalkeeper Keylor Navas (1) saves a shot from Netherlands' Jeremain Lens (17) during extra time of the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between the Netherlands and Costa Rica at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Brazil, Saturday, July 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
Costa Rica's goalkeeper Keylor Navas (1) saves a shot from Netherlands' Jeremain Lens (17) during extra time of the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between the Netherlands and Costa Rica at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Brazil, Saturday, July 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
Costa Rica's goalkeeper Keylor Navas jumps in to clear the ball away from attackers during the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between the Netherlands and Costa Rica at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Brazil, Saturday, July 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas fights to clear the ball during the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between the Netherlands and Costa Rica at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Brazil, Saturday, July 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
Costa Rica's Marco Urena, right, goes down under a challenge from Netherlands' Ron Vlaar during the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between the Netherlands and Costa Rica at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Brazil, Saturday, July 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
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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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