Netherlands v Costa Rica

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    • Quarter-finals: Saturday, 5 July, 2014 - 21:00
    • Venue: Salvador
    • TV Channel: ITV

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    Netherlands will be hopeful of getting the right result in this World Cup quarter final, but cannot afford to be complacent against a Costa Rica side which has already surpassed expectations in Brazil.

    Oranje couldn't have hoped for a more favourable tie, but will need to maintain the determined approach which has seen them come this far. Netherlands came from a goal down to crush Spain and had to come from behind again to beat Australia before they confirmed themselves as top dogs in Group B with a comfortable success over a talented Chile side. They then took on Mexico in a last 16 tie which has been dubbed the 'Furnace of Fortaleza' due to the intense heat and humidity at the venue where they were staring at defeat with only moments until the final whistle. Mexico were in front through a well taken Giovanni dos Santos strike and had been defending resolutely until Wesley Sneijder equalised with 2 minutes to play and substitute Klaas-Jan Huntelaar scored the decisive goal from the penalty spot in injury time after Arjen Robben was fouled by Rafael Marquez. Louis van Gaal's side will undoubtedly be buoyed by that result and head into this game as odds-on favourites to make it to the semi-finals.

    Costa Rica were tipped by many to be the also-rans in Group D, so the fact that they have made it this far is nothing short of astonishing. Ticos defied their tags as outsiders to beat both Uruguay and Italy before holding England to a draw to set up a last 16 clash with Greece. The plucky Central Americans were moments away from victory when the pressure from playing with 10 men following Oscar Duarte's dismissal eventually told and Sokratis Papastathopoulos's injury-time equaliser cancelled out Bryan Ruiz's opener sending the game into extra-time. Despite being a man down, Costa Rica held on to force a penalty shootout where they scored their first four spot-kicks and Keylor Navas saved from Theofanis Gekas leaving Umaña to send them through.

    The goal-scoring form of Arjen Robben and Robin Van Persie inspired the Dutch in the group phase and while neither got on the score-sheet against Mexico they will of course remain a threat to Costa Rica's defence. Penalty hero Klaas-Jan Huntelaar will probably have to settle for a place on the bench in this match and those fancying Van Persie to resume his scoring can back him to net the opener at best odds 7/2 with Bet365.

    Keylor Navas was solid between the sticks against Greece and will need to be at his best again to keep out the free-scoring Dutch. Costa Rica's main protagonist has been Byan Ruiz after he scored the winner against Italy and opened the scoring in their last match. Punters fancying the Fulham striker to score first on the third occasion at this World Cup can get a big price of 14/1 with Paddy Power.

    2014 World Cup Matches
    Netherlands W W W W       Costa Rica W W D D

    2014 World Cup Goal Scorers
    Robben - 3 (0 Penalties, 1 First Goalscorer)
    Van Persie - 3 (0 Penalties, 1 First Goalscorer)
    Depay - 2 (0 Penalties, 0 First Goalscorer)
    Fer - 1 (0 Penalties, 1 First Goalscorer)
    de Vrij - 1 (0 Penalties, 0 First Goalscorer)
    Sneijder - 1 (0 Penalties, 0 First Goalscorer)
    Huntelaar - 1 (1 Penalties, 0 First Goalscorer)

    Costa Rica
    Ruiz - 2 (0 Penalties, 2 First Goalscorer)
    Campbell - 1 (0 Penalties, 1 First Goalscorer)
    Duarte - 1 (0 Penalties, 0 First Goalscorer)
    Ureña - 1 (0 Penalties, 0 First Goalscorer)

    2014 Word Cup Goal Assists
    Blind - 3
    de Guzmán - 1
    Depay - 1
    Huntelaar - 1
    Janmaat - 1

    Costa Rica
    Bolaños - 2
    Campbell - 1
    Díaz - 1

    Netherlands v Costa Rica

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