It was a gruelling match, but in the end the Netherlands edge Costa Rica 5-3 on Pk’s
The Giant killer Costa Rica took out Uruguay, Italy, England, and Greece and were 2 Pk’s away for delivering the same blow to the heavy favorites, the Netherlands, but thy escaped.
Credit to Costa Rica who played a stellar game. Their defense was well organized and their goalkeeper Navas came up with some big saves when it mattered.
Throughout the game, the Netherlands who had most of the possession search for ways to break down the Costa Rica defense, but could not.
The costa Rican playing a high back line got them caught in the off sides trap several times. The Netherlands tried to break the trap by timing their run, but The Costa Ricans had it all down to a science. They frustrated the Netherlands the entire game.
Even Robben with his speed and mazy runs fail to break through.
The Costa Rican goalkeepr Navas refused to be beaten. He gave it his all and put his entire body on the line. He also got help from the goal posts and the crossbar on a couple occasion…after launching his entire body at shots on goal.
In the end, it took five penalties to get the Netherlands through.
The Costa Ricans were in their second penalty shoot out in as many games. Last week the defeated Greece by scoring all five penalties, but this week it was not to be.
The Netherlands will now play Argentina on Wednesday