Posts Tagged Costa Rica

Van Persie’s misses nearly cost Dutch at World Cup

Netherlands' Robin van Persie celebrates after scoring in a penalty shoot out during the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between the Netherlands and Costa Rica at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Brazil, Saturday, July 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

SALVADOR, Brazil (AP) — On the same ground where Robin van Persie’s spectacular diving header earned him the nickname the Flying Dutchman, the Netherlands striker fell flat against Costa Rica on Saturday.

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Not even Navas can rescue Costa Rica this time

Costa Rica's goalkeeper Keylor Navas dives trying to save a penalty kick during penalty kicks at the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between the Netherlands and Costa Rica at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Brazil, Saturday, July 5, 2014. The Netherlands won 4-3 on penalty kicks. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

SALVADOR, Brazil (AP) — Not even Keylor Navas could rescue Costa Rica this time.

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Messi guides Argentina into semis, Dutch scrape in

Argentina's Lionel Messi (10) and his teammates celebrate following their 1-0 victory over Belgium to advance to the semifinals after the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match at the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia, Brazil, Saturday, July 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The Argentines didn’t need a late winner from Lionel Messi this time, settling in to protect a 1-0 margin against Belgium that earned them a first trip to the World Cup semifinals in 24 years.

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Navas keeps Netherlands scoreless at halftime

Costa Rica's goalkeeper Keylor Navas dives for a save during the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between the Netherlands and Costa Rica at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Brazil, Saturday, July 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

SALVADOR, Brazil (AP) — Late substitute Tim Krul made two saves in a 4-3 penalty shootout victory over Costa Rica on Saturday to give the Netherlands a spot in the World Cup semifinals following a 0-0 draw.

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Van Gaal: More of the same from Costa Rica

Nigel de Jong of the Netherlands listens to questions from the media during a press conference in Salvador, Brazil on Friday, July 4, 2014. The Netherlands play their quarterfinal match of the 2014 World Cup soccer tournament against Costa Rica on July 5 in Salvador.(AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

SALVADOR, Brazil (AP) — Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal expects Costa Rica to play a similar brand of attacking football as Chile and Mexico used in their unsuccessful attempts to derail the Dutch World Cup campaign.

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