It was more of the same in the second period, with Netherlands missing a host of chances as the match headed for extra-time, which also finished goalless.
As a result, penalties were to decide the match and it was Netherlands that came through on spot-kicks after Costa Rica missed two in the shootout.
Read how it all unfolded in Sports Mole's minute-by-minute live commentary of the action below.
NETHERLANDS: Cillessen; De Vrij, Vlaar, Martins Indi; Blind, Sneijder, Wijnaldum, Kuyt, Depay; Robben, Van Persie
COSTA RICA: Navas; Diaz, Gonzalez, Acosta, Umana, Gamboa; Borges, Tejeda, Bolanos, Ruiz; Campbell