Saturday, 5th July
Netherlands vs Costa Rica in Salvador.
This is the first meeting between Holland and Costa Rica at a
World Cup Finals.
The two teams have never even played an international friendly before.
With a place in the semi-finals at stake, sometimes the football
offered by the CONCACAF representative seemed more
about caution than a cavalier approach.
What some of game is it when the biggest talking point of the 120
minutes played was Louis van Gaal's tactical use of the goalkeeper substitution, in the
dying seconds of extra-time.
Replacing Jasper Cillessen with Tim Krul was the masterstroke of defensive game plans, as
the Newcastle goalkeeper saved two Costa Rican penalties; from Bryan Ruiz and Michael
Celso Borges, Giancarlo Gonzalez and Christian Bolanos scored for
Costa Rica; Robin van Persie, Arjen Robben, Wesley Sneijder and Dirk Kuyt for Holland.
Final Score: Holland 0 - Costa Rica 0 aet (4:3pens)
1-Jasper Cillessen; 3-Stefan de Vrij, 2-Ron Vlaar, 4-Bruno Martins Indi, 21-Memphis Depay;
20-Georginio Wijnaldum, 5-Daley Blind, 15-Dirk Kuyt, 10-Wesley Sneijder; 9-Robin van
Persie, 11-Arjen Robben.
1-Keylor Navas; 16-Cristian Gamboa, 2-Johnny Acosta, 3-Giancarlo Gonzalez, 4-Michael
Umana; 15-Junior Diaz, 17-Yeltsin Tejeda, 5-Celso Borges, 10-Bryan Ruiz; 9-Joel Campbell,
Referee: Ravshan Irmatov - Uzbekistan
6 yellow cards.
Argentina vs Belgium
2014 World Cup Finals - Knockout Stage.
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