#BRAZIL2014: Netherlands in a hard fought win after penalty Shootouts against Costa Rica

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Netherlands are through to the World Cup semi-finals after a 4-3 win on penalties over Costa Rica, following a goalless draw after 120 minutes. 

Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul was brought on just before the shoot-out in a bold move from Louis van Gaal – which ultimately proved successful.

Costa Rica kept Netherlands quiet throughout the game with
a strong defensive performance, with Keylor Navas again shining in goal.

Wesley Sneijder came close in the second half with a free-kick hitting the post, before Robin van Persie spurned a glorious chance from the Galatasaray man’s cross.

Netherlands then came agonisingly close in time added on but were thwarted by a Costa Rica goal-line clearance.

And penalties followed after extra-time could not separate the two sides.

more to follow……

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