Jul 5, 2014 at 9pm UK at ​Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador
Costa Rica
Netherlands win 4-3 on penalties

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

Diaz (38'), Umana (52'), Gonzalez (81'), Acosta (106')

Louis van Gaal: 'Tim Krul will not start against Argentina'

Netherlands manager Louis van Gaal says that Jasper Cillessen will start their World Cup semi-final against Argentina, despite Tim Krul's penalty saves against Costa Rica.

Netherlands manager Louis van Gaal has said that Jasper Cillessen will start their World Cup semi-final against Argentina, despite Tim Krul's penalty shootout heroics against Costa Rica.

Following a goalless draw, the match was decided by spot kicks and Krul kept out efforts from Bryan Ruiz and Michael Umana to earn his side a place in the last four of the tournament.

Krul was only brought onto the pitch in the last minute of extra time to take part in the shootout and Van Gaal has revealed that he did not tell Cillessen about the substitution beforehand.

"There is no question about who will start next game, it will be Cillessen. But we felt Krul was the better choice here," Van Gaal told reporters.

"We told Krul that he would be a possibility for the penalties, but we didn't tell Cillessen, as we didn't want to ruin his preparation.

"We have practised penalties, I believe when you're used to a certain shot you'll be more comfortable taking that shot."

The Netherlands and Argentina will meet at the Arena Corinthians in Sao Paulo next Wednesday for a place in the World Cup final.

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
Read Next:
Result: Netherlands book semi-final spot
You May Like
Recomended from Sports Mole

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

1Manchester CityMan City23202167175062
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd23155348163250
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs23135546212544
8Leicester CityLeicester238783432231
11West Ham UnitedWest Ham2367102941-1225
12Crystal Palace2367102133-1225
14Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2366111939-2024
15Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2365122131-1023
16Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2358101729-1223
18Stoke CityStoke2355132350-2720
19West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom23310101830-1219
20Swansea CitySwansea2345141435-2117
Login, I already have my ad-free pass
Log in with Facebook to customise Sports Mole
Buy ad-free access (show me the options)
Buy monthly ad-free access for £1.20/month
Buy yearly ad-free access for £12 (2 months free)
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
Settings - Logout - Manage your account