World Cup Result: Netherlands 4 – 3 Costa Rica, Saturday 5 July 2014, Quarterfinals

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64% Ball Possession NETHERLANDS and 36% Ball Possession COSTA RICA

netherlands team Netherlands  0 – 0 Costa Rica Costa Rica Team
Netherlands win on penalties (4 – 3)

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Netherlands  conquering a spot in the World Cup Semifinal after defeating Costa Rica in penalty shoot outs.   Netherlands will play against Argentina on Wednesday 9 July 2014.  It’s an amazing game seeing as protagonist second goalkeeper Tim Krul after the wise decision by Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal to replace goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen before the penalty shoot outs.  Here is the thing.  Krul is an expert on penalties.  It paid off because Krul saved 2 penalties and Netherlands now in the Semifinal.

Netherlands: 1 Italian Serie A Player with Netherlands National Football Team:

  • AC Milan midfielder Nigel De Jong, was called up but injured in the 9th minute  during the game against Mexico team in the Round of 16 on Sunday 29 June 2014.  De Jong has a  tear in his groin muscle and will take about 2 – 4 weeks to recover.


There are no Serie A players with Costa Rica National team.

Two ex Serie A players are with Netherlands team.  The ex AC Milan forward Klaas Jan Huntelaar and ex Inter midfielder Wesley Sneijder.

First half with 62% ball possession Netherlands and 38% ball possession Costa Rica.

Photo: Is the substitution of goalkeeper Tim Krul the most important substitution so far? Netherlands changed goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen  for the penalty shoot outs seeing Krul saving 2 penalties and qualifying to the Semifinal.</p> <p>

Netherlands official starting lineup against Costa Rica on Saturday 5 July 2014.

NETHERLANDS (4-4-2): Cillessen; de Vrij, Martins Indi, Blind,Vlaar; Kuyt, Sneijder, Wijnaldum, Depay; Robben, Van Persie.



Going to extra time after playing regular 90 minutes.  The goal not arriving…

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Netherlands winning in penalty shoot outs with a 4-3.

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Netherlands – Costa Rica
Saturday 5 July 2014
Estadio Fonte Nova
Salvador, Brazil

17:00 Local Time

Referee: Ravshan IRMATOV (UZB)
Assistant Referee 1: Abduxamidullo RASULOV (UZB)
Assistant Referee 2: Bakhadyr KOCHKAROV (KGZ)
Fourth official: Noumandiez DOUE (CIV)


Official formations – lineups:

NETHERLANDS (4-4-2): Cillessen; de Vrij, Martins Indi, Blind,Vlaar; Kuyt, Sneijder, Wijnaldum, Depay; Robben, Van Persie.

Subs.: Vorm, Krul, Janmaat, Verhaegh, Veltman, Kongolo, de Jong, de Guzmán, Clasie, Fer, Lens, Huntelaar. 

Coach.: van Gaal.

COSTA RICA (5-4-1): Navas; Díaz, Umaña, González, Acosta, Gamboa; Bolaños, Borges, Tejeda, Ruiz; Campbell.

Subs.: Pemberton, Cambronero, Duarte, Myrie, Francis, Miller, Barrantes, Granados, Calvo, Cubero, Brenes, Ureña.

Coach.: Pinto.