SALVADOR, Brazil, July 5 (Reuters) - The Netherlands advanced to a World Cup semi-final with Argentina by beating Costa Rica on penalties after a cagey, tactical last-eight battle finished 0-0 after extra-time on Saturday.
Costa Rica defended deeply from the start and goalkeeper Keylor Navas, whose performances have played a large part in his country's run to the quarter-finals for the first time, was again in sharp form with a series of saves, while Wesley Sneijder hit a post with an 81st-minute free kick and Robin van Persie had a scrambled shot cleared off the line in stoppage time of normal time.
(Reporting by Mitch Phillips, editing by:)
- Sports & Recreation
- Costa Rica
- Tim Krul
- Wesley Sneijder
- Bryan Ruiz