Jul 5, 2014 at 9pm UK at ​Arena 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

Result: Netherlands book semi-final spot

The Netherlands book their place in the semi-finals of the World Cup after beating Costa Rica on penalties following a goalless draw in Salvador.

The Netherlands have booked their place in the semi-finals of the World Cup after beating Costa Rica on penalties following a goalless draw in Salvador.

Netherlands players celebrate after defeating Costa Rica in a penalty shootout during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Quarter Final match between the Netherlands and Costa Rica at Arena Fonte Nova on July 5, 2014© Getty Images

Louis van Gaal's side triumphed in the shootout, with substitute goalkeeper Tim Krul making two saves to set up a last-four meeting against Argentina.

The game started slowly as the Netherlands dominated possession, but were unable to break down the organised backline of Jorge Luis Pinto's side.

Netherlands' forward Arjen Robben vies with Costa Rica's defender Junior Diaz (L) during a quarter-final football match between Netherlands and Costa Rica at the Fonte Nova Arena in Salvador during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on July 5, 2014© Getty Images

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 provided 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.

After the break, Van Gaal's men got on the front foot again as Robben knocked a free kick in the direction of Sneijder on the edge of the box, but he could only drill his shot over the bar.

Pinto's men responded with a chance of their own as Christian Bolanos lifted a ball into the box from a set piece towards the back post where Giancarlo Gonzalez attacked it, only to see his header go just over.

Costa Rica's goalkeeper Keylor Navas jumps to make a save during a quarter-final football match between Netherlands and Costa Rica at the Fonte Nova Arena in Salvador during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on July 5, 2014© Getty Images

Sneijder continued to affect the game and he delivered an excellent cross from a free kick, which was met by Ron Vlaar, but he could only direct his headed effort over the bar.

The Galatasaray midfielder was then presented with another opportunity as Robben was brought down right on the edge of the box by Gonzalez. The 30-year-old's free kick bent over the wall but clattered off the post and Costa Rica managed to scramble the ball to safety.

Van Gaal's side upped the pressure and somehow the ball didn't cross the line when Daley Blind hit a ball across the face of goal, which was missed by both Stefan de Vrij and Dirk Kuyt with only a touch needed to score.

The ball then fell at the back post to Van Persie, who fired at goal, but Yeltsin Tejeda managed to deflect the ball onto the bar and then over in a miraculous escape in stoppage time.

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© Getty Images

The Netherlands began extra time in command and Vlaar came close to finding the net with a powerful header from a corner that Navas had to turn wide of the post.

Costa Rica were looking to provide a threat and they believed that they should have been awarded a penalty when Marco Urena appeared to be brought down by Vlaar inside the box, but the referee waved away their appeals.

As extra time wore on the Costa Ricans began to look the more likely to grab a winner and Bolanos did well to work some room inside the box, before seeing his effort deflected wide of the post.

They came even closer moments later when Urena drove into the area and fired in a low strike that was blocked by Jasper Cillessen.

The Netherlands almost grabbed the win late on when Sneijder cut in from the left and worked himself some room, before bending a strike onto the crossbar.

In the last minute of extra time, Netherlands manager Van Gaal brought goalkeeper Krul on for Cillessen, as the match headed towards a penalty shootout.

Costa Rica went first in the shootout and Borges gave them the lead with a low effort into the corner, before Van Persie levelled the scores with a composed strike.

Ruiz took his country's next penalty and saw his effort saved by Krul, allowing Robben to give the Netherlands the lead with his well-taken strike into the top corner.

Gonzalez scored with his penalty, before Sneijder kept up his side's perfect record in the shootout.

Bolanos and Kuyt then both fired home from the spot, as the Netherlands went 4-3 up in the tie.

Umana had to score to keep Costa Rica in the match, but his spot kick was tipped around the post by Krul as the Netherlands booked a clash against Argentina in the last four.

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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