The game started slowly as the Netherlands dominated possession, but were unable to break down the organised backline of Jorge Luis Pinto's side.
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Louis van Gaal's side could have taken the lead in the 22nd minute when Memphis Depay found Robin van Persie in space inside the box, but his shot was well-saved by Keylor Navas, while Wesley Sneijder hit the rebound straight at the keeper.
The Oranje continued to press and Van Persie turned provider for Depay for their next opportunity as he slid a through-ball down the left, but the forward's shot was well-saved by Navas with his feet.
Costa Rica began to grow into the half and forced a scramble in the Netherlands backline when Campbell knocked the ball into the six-yard box, but Bruno Martins Indi cleared the ball before Bryan Ruiz could pounce.
The Netherlands showed pace on the break and Arjen Robben managed to win a free kick that allowed Sneijder a chance to threaten the Costa Rica goal. The midfielder fired a curling effort from 30 yards at goal, but again Navas was there to deny him.