Jul 5, 2014 at 9pm UK at ‚ÄčArena Fonte Nova, Salvador
Netherlands
0-0
Costa Rica

Martins Indi (64'), Huntelaar (111')
FT

Diaz (38'), Umana (52'), Gonzalez (81'), Acosta (106')
Netherlands win 4-3 on penalties

Tim Krul: 'Mind games are a part of football'

Netherlands' goalkeeper Tim Krul saves Costa Rica's forward and captain Bryan Ruiz shot during the second period of extra time in the quarter-final football match between the Netherlands and Costa Rica at the Fonte Nova Arena in Salvador during the 2014 F
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Netherlands goalkeeper Tim Krul defends his gamesmanship against Costa Rica by claiming that he did nothing wrong.

Tim Krul has insisted that gamesmanship is a part of football after his perceived mind games won the Netherlands a World Cup semi-final place.

Krul was the hero as he saved two penalties in Saturday's dramatic shootout victory over Costa Rica.

However, the 26-year-old's methods have since come under scrutiny after the shot-stopper appeared to indulge in gamesmanship by delaying Costa Rica's penalties and speaking to the players.

"I don't think I have done anything wrong," he told reporters.

"I haven't shouted at [them] in an aggressive manner. I haven't done anything crazy. I just told them I knew where they are going.

"I am trying obviously to get into their heads and it worked. I use everything in my power to make it happen."

Louis van Gaal's side will now face Argentina in the last-four stage of the tournament on Wednesday.

Netherlands' goalkeeper Tim Krul saves Costa Rica's forward and captain Bryan Ruiz shot during the second period of extra time in the quarter-final football match between the Netherlands and Costa Rica at the Fonte Nova Arena in Salvador during the 2014 F
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