Wednesday 3 June 2015

Krul blow for Costa Rica as Dutch advance to last four following shoot-out drama

Holland 0 Costa Rica 0 (Holland win 4-3 on penalties)

Published 05/07/2014 | 23:52

Tim Krul of the Netherlands saves the penalty kick of Bryan Ruiz of Costa Rica in a shootout during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil quarter-final
Tim Krul of the Netherlands saves the penalty kick of Bryan Ruiz of Costa Rica in a shootout during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil quarter-final
Tim Krul of the Netherlands saves the penalty kick of Bryan Ruiz of Costa Rica in a shootout during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil quarter-final
Stefan de Vrij and Dirk Kuyt of the Netherlands miss a goal opportunity in the last minute of their 2014 World Cup quarter-finals against Costa Rica at the Fonte Nova arena in Salvador
Goalkeeper Tim Krul of the Netherlands enters the game for Jasper Cillessen during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Quarter Final match between the Netherlands and Costa Rica
Costa Rica's Cristian Gamboa fights for the ball with Daley Blind of the Netherlands during their 2014 World Cup quarter-finals at the Fonte Nova arena in Salvador
Netherlands' Arjen Robben is fouled by Costa Rica's Junior Diaz during the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between the Netherlands and Costa Rica at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador
Costa Rica's goalkeeper Keilor Navas jumps to save the ball during a free kick by Wesley Sneijder of the Netherlands at their 2014 World Cup quarter-finals at the Fonte Nova arena in Salvador

Holland's substitute goalkeeper Tim Krul dramatically made two saves in a penalty shoot-out against Costa Rica to carry his side into the semi-finals of the World Cup.

Dutch coach Louis van Gaal brought the Newcastle keeper on for Jasper Cillessen late in extra time after a goalless 120 minutes in Salvador on Saturday - and the decision paid off handsomely.

Krul denied Bryan Ruiz and Michael Umana while the Dutch converted all of their spot-kicks to set up a meeting with Argentina in the last four.

Holland had numerous chances to score before spot-kicks were required but were denied by Costa Rica keeper Keylor Navas, who had recovered from a shoulder injury to start and was named man of the match.

The Oranje also hit the woodwork three times, including in the last minute of normal time when Robin van Persie's shot was deflected onto the crossbar by defender Yeltsin Tejeda on the goalline.

A Costa Rica side that had never reached the quarter-final stage before and had been the surprise package of the tournament suffered heartbreak but can return home with their heads held high.

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