Holland ground out a hard-fought 4-3 win over Costa Rica in a penalty shootout on July 5 after their 2014 World Cup quarterfinal match finished 0-0 after 120 minutes. The game was played at the Arena Fonte Nova Stadium in Salvador with 51,179 fans in the stands. The Dutch will now face Argentina in the tournament’s second semifinal showdown on Wednesday, July 9. Host nation Brazil will meet Germany a day earlier with the winners meeting for the Jules Rimet trophy in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday, July 13.
Holland created numerous chances against the Costa Ricans and also carried the play to their Central American opponent’s but failed to beat goalkeeper Keylor Navas and the woodwork. Costa Rica created perhaps the grand total of two chances throughout the game, but almost stole it late in extra time. The Dutch will now be attempting to reach a World Cup Final for the fourth time and be hoping to win one for the first time in their history.
Dutch manager Louis van Gaal changed goalkeepers with his last substitution of the match in the 120th minute when he brought Tim Krul of Newcastle United in to replace Jasper Cillessen. It was Krul’s first appearance of the world Cup. Van Gaal made the late change since he thought Krul was the better goalie when it came to saving penalties. The hunch paid off as Krul saved a pair of spot kicks in the shootout to give Holland the win. The Dutch scored all of their penalties while Krul made saves on Bryan Ruiz and Michael Umana.
The game lacked action and thankfully controversy, but it did have some exciting moments and drama. Costa Rica manager Jorge Luis Pinto of Colombia befuddled some fans when he took off striker Joel Campbell after 65 minutes and replaced him with Marco Urena. They understood why he’d want to bring Urena on the pitch, but felt he should have left Campbell in the game to play alongside him. Costa Rica managed to hang on though, with the help of the posts and the crossbar and the match eventually went to a shootout.
Borges, Gonzalez and Bolanos scored for Costa Rica while Robin Van Persie, Arjen Robben, Wesley Sneijder and Dirk Kuyt scored for the Dutch and that was enough to put them through to the final four of the tournament.