Posts Tagged Netherlands

Dribblers Messi and Robben face off in semifinal

Argentina's Lionel Messi and teammates celebrate at the end of the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between Argentina and Belgium at the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia, Brazil, Saturday, July 5, 2014. Argentina won 1-0. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The World Cup’s best dribblers — Lionel Messi and Arjen Robben — face off when Argentina and Netherlands meet in the semifinals.

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Dutch goalie: Shootout tactic was fair play

ALTERNATIVE CROP OF WCEM302.- Netherlands' goalkeeper Tim Krul saves the last penalty kick 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. The Ntherlands won 4-3 on penalty kicks. Late substitute 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.(AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Netherlands goalkeeper Tim Krul insists he did nothing wrong in confronting Costa Rica’s penalty takers during a World Cup quarterfinal shootout.

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Van Gaal: Dutch squad most driven I’ve worked with

Netherlands' head coach Louis van Gaal gives indications 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) — Louis van Gaal says his Netherlands team is the most driven group of players he has ever worked with.

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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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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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