World Cup 2014: Dutch Keeper Krul a Shootout Hero, Argentina Await

The Dutch, who have never won the World Cup but reached three finals, including the last one in Johannesburg four years ago, play Argentina in Sao Paulo on Wednesday in one of two classic match-ups between South American and European powerhouses.

updated: July 07, 2014 17:37 IST
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Netherlands goalkeeping hero Tim Krul celebrates after helping his side beat Costa Rica on penalties in quarterfinal


The Netherlands survived a nerve-wracking penalty shootout against Costa Rica on Saturday, with substitute goalkeeper Tim Krul the unlikely hero, to set up a World Cup semi-final against Argentina after the South Americans beat Belgium 1-0. (Louis Van Gaal and his bag of tricks)

While the Netherlands and Argentina savoured their progress to the last four, hosts Brazil were still coming to terms with the news that star forward Neymar will miss the rest of the tournament due to a broken vertebra in his back. (Van Gaal hailed by press for 'masterstroke')

The news prompted bookmakers to install Brazil's semi-final opponents Germany as the new favourites to win the title. In Salvador, Krul was brought on specifically for the shootout at the Fonte Nova Arena after the teams finished extra time locked at 0-0. (Tim Krul in dreamland after shootout heroics)

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