A Late Entry Helps the Dutch Avert an Exit

Costa Rica waged  a brave war in the quarterfinals of the FIFA World Cup but Netherlands edged their way to a win with a 4-3 win in penalty shootout.

updated: July 06, 2014 09:37 IST
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Netherlands' goalkeeper Tim Krul (L) celebrates with Dirk Kuyt after winning a quarter-final football match against Costa Rica.


Salvador: This was supposed to be the day the last of the outsiders was shown the door at the World Cup, leaving the tournament to be decided by the clubby and the familiar.

Eventually it happened that way in Saturday's quarterfinal, but only after the Netherlands was taken dramatically and nervously to penalty kicks against Costa Rica and won for the first time in five attempts in a World Cup match that had strayed beyond regulation. (Match highlights)

After growing frustrated and failing to finish several inviting chances in the run of play, the Dutch were calm, bold and clinical in the shootout, winning, 4-3, after the game had remained 0-0 through overtime. (The 'goal-keeper switch' that worked for the Dutch)

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