Laurence Griffiths

Netherlands vs. Costa Rica, 2014 World Cup: Tim Krul is your unlikely hero

Costa Rica forced penalties against the Netherlands. Then Louis van Gaal made an improbable goalkeeper switch. It worked -- Tim Krul made two saves in the Oranje's shootout win.

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Holland seal dramatic penalty win over Costa Rica

The Netherlands secured a thrilling victory over Costa Rica on penalties after a dramatic finale, with Louis van Gaal's decision to replace his goalkeeper for the shootout working out as Tim Krul saved from Bryan Ruiz.

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Costa Rica and the Netherlands couldn't find a goal in 120 minutes, mostly thanks to some great goalkeeping play. It's been mostly one-way traffic -- the Oranje have had all of the possession and a big shots advantage -- but the Ticos have defended well and earned a 0-0 draw to get to a penalty shootout.

As expected, Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas has been the star of this match. He's made a half-dozen world class saves, but he's been bailed out on a few occasions too. The Netherlands have hit the woodwork multiple times. while Yeltsin Tejeda had a goal-line clearance late in the second half.

Netherlands goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen had a big stop late in stoppage time -- his only one of the game -- but he hasn't been rewarded for it. Instead, Louis van Gaal has made a surprising tactical sub ahead of penalties, subbing out Cillessen for Tim Krul, presumably because Krul is better at stopping penalties.

As a reminder, penalties are best of five, and completed when one team is no longer mathematically able to beat the other in five rounds of penalties. If the teams are tied after five rounds, they go to sudden death, where each team takes a penalty until one team scores and the other misses in the same round.

This page will update each time a penalty is taken. Refresh for updated results.

Penalties

Celso Borges SCORES for Costa Rica
Robin van Persie SCORES for the Netherlands
Bryan Ruiz MISSES for Costa Rica, save by Tim Krul
Arjen Robben SCORES for the Netherlands
Giancarlo Gonzalez SCORES for Costa Rica
Wesley Sneijder SCORES for the Netherlands
Cristian Bolaños SCORES for Costa Rica
Dirk Kuyt SCORES for the Netherlands
Michael Umaña MISSES for Costa Rica, Tim Krul saves

The Netherlands defeat Costa Rica 5-3 on penalties.

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Sneijder hits the bar in the 119th minute

The Netherlands can't beat Keylor Navas, and all three times they've come close, they've hit the woodwork. This time, it was Wesley Sneijder in the 119th minute with a nearly brilliant winner.

A couple minutes before this, Costa Rica had a big chance saved on the other end. A previously dull game really sparked to life at the end, with both teams going for the win to avoid penalties.

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Dive. Diiiiive.

What does Giancarlo Gonzalez think of Arjen Robben?

Yeah, he did go down pretty easily.

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How have the Netherlands not scored yet?

YELTSIN TEJEDA!

The man with the best name in the tournament makes the best goal-line block of the tournament. Somehow, Costa Rica are holding on to a clean sheet.

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Your running Keylor Navas liveblog

Because he deserves it

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Keylor Navas is still amazing

Dude is a brick wall.

This was the first of his very good saves. He's going to make more. It'll take something special for the Netherlands to score.

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Van Gaal picks strange lineup to face Costa Rica

Louis van Gaal has picked a very odd lineup to face Costa Rica, with an uncertain formation and an odd mix of personnel.

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Costa Rica upset seems unlikely

Costa Rica will have to pull off another massive upset if they're to reach the World Cup semifinals.

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