Dutch edge Costa Rica on penalties

Dutch goalkeeper Tim Krul makes the winning save in the penalty shootout against Costa Rica.
Dutch goalkeeper Tim Krul makes the winning save in the penalty shootout against Costa Rica.
Costa Rica's Johnny Acosta clears the ball off the line during extra time against the Netherlands.
Costa Rica's Johnny Acosta clears the ball off the line during extra time against the Netherlands.
Keylor Navas of Costa Rica makes one of many saves against the Netherlands.
Keylor Navas of Costa Rica makes one of many saves against the Netherlands.
The Netherlands players celebrate after winning the penalty shootout in their quarterfinals against Costa Rica.
The Netherlands players celebrate after winning the penalty shootout in their quarterfinals against Costa Rica.
Dutch goalkeeper Tim Krul celebrates after winning their penalty shootout in their quarterfinal against Costa Rica.
Dutch goalkeeper Tim Krul celebrates after winning their penalty shootout in their quarterfinal against Costa Rica.
Robin van Persie of the Netherlands controls the ball during his sides quarterfinal against Costa Rica.
Robin van Persie of the Netherlands controls the ball during his sides quarterfinal against Costa Rica.
Argentina's Gonzalo Higuain celebrates after scoring a goal against Belgium during their quarterfinal.
Argentina's Gonzalo Higuain celebrates after scoring a goal against Belgium during their quarterfinal.
Argentina's Rodrigo Palacio watches as Belgium's Dries Mertens makes contact.
Argentina's Rodrigo Palacio watches as Belgium's Dries Mertens makes contact.
Belgium's Kevin Mirallas heads the ball narrowly wide as Argentina's Jose Basanta and Ezequiel Garay look on.
Belgium's Kevin Mirallas heads the ball narrowly wide as Argentina's Jose Basanta and Ezequiel Garay look on.
Lionel Messi of Argentina controls the ball against Kevin De Bruyne of Belgium.
Lionel Messi of Argentina controls the ball against Kevin De Bruyne of Belgium.
Gonzalo Higuain of Argentina fires in the first and only goal in the eighth minute of his sides quarterfinal victory over Belgium.
Gonzalo Higuain of Argentina fires in the first and only goal in the eighth minute of his sides quarterfinal victory over Belgium.
Argentina's Lionel Messi takes a free kick during his sides quarterfinal against Belgium.
Argentina's Lionel Messi takes a free kick during his sides quarterfinal against Belgium.
GREAT GOAL: Brazil's Paulinho leaps onto his captain Thiago Silva to celebrate the opening goal of their quarterfinal against Colombia.
GREAT GOAL: Brazil's Paulinho leaps onto his captain Thiago Silva to celebrate the opening goal of their quarterfinal against Colombia.
IT'S IN: Brazil captain Thiago Silva nudges in a loose ball from a Neymar corner to open the scoring in their quarterfinal against Colombia.
IT'S IN: Brazil captain Thiago Silva nudges in a loose ball from a Neymar corner to open the scoring in their quarterfinal against Colombia.
OUCH: Brazil star Neymar clutches his back after a challenge from Colombia's Camilo Zuniga. He was carried off on a stretcher and taken to hospital.
OUCH: Brazil star Neymar clutches his back after a challenge from Colombia's Camilo Zuniga. He was carried off on a stretcher and taken to hospital.
WATCHING HIS WORK: Brazil's David Luiz looks on in hope as his free-kick travels toward the net - it goes in to give the World Cup hosts a 2-1 lead in the quarterfinal against Colombia.
WATCHING HIS WORK: Brazil's David Luiz looks on in hope as his free-kick travels toward the net - it goes in to give the World Cup hosts a 2-1 lead in the quarterfinal against Colombia.
CELEBRATION: Brazil's David Luiz runs excitedly after scoring a stunning goal from a free-kick in the World Cup quarterfinals.
CELEBRATION: Brazil's David Luiz runs excitedly after scoring a stunning goal from a free-kick in the World Cup quarterfinals.
TRIPPED UP: Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar was carded for this challenge on Colombia's Carlos Bacca. The ensuing spot kick went in.
TRIPPED UP: Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar was carded for this challenge on Colombia's Carlos Bacca. The ensuing spot kick went in.
LOVES THE HULK: A Brazil fan shows his support for star player Hulk.
LOVES THE HULK: A Brazil fan shows his support for star player Hulk.
ON THE UP: Mathieu Debuchy heads the ball in France's quarterfinal against Germany.
ON THE UP: Mathieu Debuchy heads the ball in France's quarterfinal against Germany.
AERIAL TUSSLE: France's Patrice Evra fights for the ball with Germany's Thomas Mueller in the teams' World Cup quarterfinal encounter.
AERIAL TUSSLE: France's Patrice Evra fights for the ball with Germany's Thomas Mueller in the teams' World Cup quarterfinal encounter.
OUT OF REACH: France's Hugo Lloris was unable to save Mats Hummels strike.
OUT OF REACH: France's Hugo Lloris was unable to save Mats Hummels strike.
MATCH-WINNER: Germany's Mats Hummels celebrates scoring the goal that put his team through to the World Cup semifinals.
MATCH-WINNER: Germany's Mats Hummels celebrates scoring the goal that put his team through to the World Cup semifinals.
Tim Krul came on as a substitute in the final minute of extra time and then saved two penalties in a 4-3 shootout victory over Costa Rica this morning (NZT), giving the Netherlands a spot in the World Cup semifinals.

Krul saved spot kicks from Costa Rica captain Bryan Ruiz and Michael Umana after the match had finished 0-0.

''We had a lot of chances but it didn't go in,'' Krul said on Dutch television.

''Then I come in, stop two penalties and here we are.''

In another stroke of tactical genius at this year's World Cup, Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal pulled Jasper Cillessen moments after the Ajax goalkeeper had saved a shot from Marcos Urena in extra time.

''The trick is good,'' said Krul, who plays for Newcastle. ''A lot of preparation went into it.''

The Dutch team will next face Argentina in the semifinals on Thursday in Sao Paulo.

Krul looked super confident during the shootout at the Arena Fonte Nova, saving the second and fifth penalties by diving to his left and sticking out his hand.

When Krul stopped Ruiz's penalty, Cillessen, watching from the sideline, punched the air in celebration.

When he saved the second to win the match, Cillessen out-sprinted the rest of the bench to get to Krul, who was already being mobbed by jubilant teammates who had watched from the halfway line.

Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas had kept his team in the match with a string of great saves in the first half and again in extra time. When Wesley Sneijder twice beat him late in regulation and again in the second half of extra time, the woodwork made the stop.

Sneijder hit the post with a free kick in the 80th minute and sent a curling shot over Navas and off the crossbar before the penalty shootout.

At the end, however, Navas could not stop any of the four Dutch penalties as veterans Robin van Persie, Arjen Robben, Sneijder and Dirk Kuyt all scored.

The Krul substitution will only boost Van Gaal's reputation as a coach who leaves nothing to chance and who has a golden touch with replacements. And it kept his tenure with the Netherlands alive for two more matches before he becomes the manager at Manchester United next season.

 

 

AP