Jul 5, 2014 at 9pm UK at ​Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador
Costa Rica

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

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

Robin van Persie relieved to reach World Cup semi-finals

Netherlands' forward Robin van Persie celebrates after scoring during a Group B football match between Spain and the Netherlands at the Fonte Nova Arena in Salvador during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 13, 2014
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Netherlands captain Robin van Persie admits his relief following the team's penalty-shootout victory over Costa Rica in the World Cup quarter-finals.

Netherlands captain Robin van Persie has admitted his relief following the team's narrow World Cup quarter-final victory over Costa Rica.

The Dutch were guilty of missing numerous chances on Saturday night as the match finished goalless after extra time in Salvador.

However, Van Persie and his teammates were able to win the resulting penalty shootout 4-3 to book their place in the semi-finals.

"Those misses could have been very costly, but our win is all that matters now," the striker is quoted as saying by Gulfnews.com.

"It's bizarre. We had too many chances. You have to stay strong and focused in such circumstances. We had to work hard to win this game."

The Netherlands return to action on Wednesday when they face Argentina for a place in the final.

Dirk Kuyt of the Netherlands is challenged by Christian Bolanos of Costa Rica during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Quarter Final match between the Netherlands and Costa Rica at Arena Fonte Nova on July 5, 2014
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