Costa Rica Coach Wary Of Robben 'Dives'

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  • Netherlands forward Arjen Robben has come under fire from Costa Rica coach Jorge Luis Pinto, who says the Dutchman should be punished if he dives during their World Cup quarter-final in Salvador on Saturday.

    Bayern Munich's Robben admitted to a dive in the first half of the Netherlands' dramatic 2-1 victory in the second round over Mexico, and was deemed to have been fouled by Mexico defender Rafael Marquez in added time.

    Klaas Jan Huntelaar converted the resulting late penalty to see the Netherlands through in the 94th minute, where they will now face Costa Rica at 9pm on Saturday night in Salvador.

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    Costa Rica coach Pinto however said referees should keep a close eye on Robben's actions during the quarter-final, saying that he should be punished should he dive during the contest.

    "I would like to ask Fifa and the referees to watch Robben," said Pinto. "We're really worried about his diving. He has admitted doing it. Maybe he would have to leave the field because he gets two yellow cards for diving. That may be the most logical solution."

    Former Chelsea player Robben also came under fire from Chelsea boss José Mourinho, who suggested the Dutch forward has used his pace to take advantage of situations deliberately.

    “He was my player and I know better than many what a fantastic player he is,” Mourinho told Yahoo, for who he is a global football ambassador. “I also know that because of his speed and because of his creativity he is punished a lot with fouls by opponents who cannot stop him.

    "I also know that sometimes he tries to get an advantage and he tries to get a free kick or he tries to get a penalty. I think it is important for players to help the referees and to be honest on the pitch."

    Robben has scored four goals for the Netherlands so far in the 2014 World Cup, and is 9/2 with Bet365 to score first in the quarter-final match against Costa Rica.

    Netherlands also enter with enhanced odds of 2/1 to win with Titanbet for new customers, while Costa Rica are enhanced to 10/1 to cause another upset having already beaten Italy and Uruguay in the group stages.

    Nigel de Jong is unavailable for Holland due to a groin injury while Costa Rica have no serious injury concerns, goalkeeper Keylor Navas shrugging off a shoulder knock.

    Netherlands and Costa Rica kick-off their quarter-final in Salvador at 9pm, the match shown live on ITV. You can compare all the odds for the 2014 World Cup right here.

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