Netherlands overcome Costa Rica on penalties for World Cup semis berth

Substitute goalkeeper Tim Krul turned out to be the unlikely hero at the Arena Fonte Nova here Saturday as the Netherlands beat Costa Rica 4-3 on penalties to set up a mouthwatering FIFA World Cup semifinal clash against Argentina Wednesday.

Champions Spain fail Dutch test in 2014 FIFA World Cup

Defending champions Spain suffered the ignominy of losing their opening World Cup match for the second successive edition as a superb Holland outfit scored at will. The Group B opener at Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador on Friday witnessed Vicente del Bosque`s side conceding five goals to one.

Arena Fonte Nova (Salvador)

Arena Fonte Nova is yet another newly constructed stadium for the World Cup this year.

Brazilian stadiums face problems before Confederations Cup

Some of Brazil`s stadiums which will host the FIFA Confederations Cup in June are facing problems, two weeks before the beginning of the tourney.

Arena Fonte Nova to be ready in February

Salvador`s Arena Fonte Nova, to be used during the Confederations Cup and next year`s football World Cup, will be completed Feb 28, according to the local state government.