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Netherlands overcome Costa Rica on penalties for World Cup semis berth

Last Updated: Sunday, July 06, 2014, 05:05

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.

2014 FIFA World Cup: Netherlands vs Costa Rica - As it happened

Last Updated: Sunday, July 06, 2014, 05:04

Welcome to our coverage of the last quarterfinal of the 2014 FIFA World Cup between Netherlands and Costa Rica at Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador.

FIFA World Cup 2014: Netherlands vs Costa Rica - Preview

Last Updated: Saturday, July 05, 2014, 15:10

The irresistible fairytale of Costa Rica faces a day of reckoning against Louis van Gaal`s hard, calculating Dutch side on Saturday in the Brazil World Cup`s most unlikely quarter-final.

Robben defies the years, if not gravity

Last Updated: Friday, July 04, 2014, 16:13

Three goals, a whiff of scandal from his seemingly tenuous relationship with gravity, outstanding allround performances and the record for the fastest player on the planet, Arjen Robben`s World Cup has been nothing if not memorable.

FIFA World Cup 2014: Argentina vs Belgium - Preview

Last Updated: Friday, July 04, 2014, 13:42

Argentina will once again turn to Lionel Messi for inspiration when they tackle star-studded Belgium here on Saturday in a World Cup quarter-final haunted by ghosts of yesteryear.

FIFA World Cup 2014, Round of 16: Costa Rica vs Greece - As it happened...

Last Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014, 18:43

Live coverage of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Round of 16 match between Costa Rica and Greece being played at Itaipava Arena Pernambuco in Recife.

From Ground Zero: Dutch go past Mexicans, Greece lose to Costa Rica

Last Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014, 18:09

With less than five minutes to go for the final whistle, the Mexican fans in the stands were celebrating their team’s 1-0 lead over the Netherlands. But then in three minutes, the game turned upside down. The final score read 2-1 in favour of the Dutch, and the Mexicans were told to go home once again.

Netherlands need new ideas as brilliant Costa Rica await

Last Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014, 11:23

Netherlands must be thanking their stars as they rode their luck after scoring twice in the latter stages to eliminate Mexico 2-1 on Sunday. But the Orange looked the second best team in the match and lacked penetration to cause much threat upfront. They have the conditions to blame but Mexico too faced the brunt.

Ruiz guides Costa Rica into first World Cup quarter final

Last Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014, 08:57

Bryan Ruiz calmly guided 10-man Costa Rica through a tense penalty decider against Greece and into the World Cup quarter finals for the first time in the country`s history.

Robin van Persie`s 'flying' header against Spain is still my favourite goal of this World Cup, says Baichung

Last Updated: Sunday, June 29, 2014, 19:57

In the round of 16, Netherlands will be up against Mexico, whereas, Costa Rica will lock horns with Greece today.

2014 FIFA World Cup: A look back at the biggest moments so far

Last Updated: Sunday, June 29, 2014, 16:19

In the knock out stage of the FIFA World Cup 2014, we are down to the best 16 teams on the planet. The show-piece event of world football has been entertaining to say the least. Brazil, the spiritual home of football has provided some of the most picturesque settings to play and watch football.

Suarez bite blight on wonderful World Cup: Ronaldo

Last Updated: Friday, June 27, 2014, 11:07

Rio de Janeiro: Brazil great Ronaldo believes Luis Suarez biting an opponent was terrible for football at a World Cup of "wonderful surprises."