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Match Preview

This is the first meeting between Holland and Costa Rica at a World Cup Finals.

The two teams have never even played an international friendly before.

The Match

With a place in the semi-finals at stake, sometimes the football offered by the CONCACAF representative seemed more about caution than a cavalier approach.

What some of game is it when the biggest talking point of the 120 minutes played was Louis van Gaal's tactical use of the goalkeeper substitution, in the dying seconds of extra-time.

Goalscorers Penalties
Replacing Jasper Cillessen with Tim Krul was the masterstroke of defensive game plans, as the Newcastle goalkeeper saved two Costa Rican penalties; from Bryan Ruiz and Michael Umana.

Celso Borges, Giancarlo Gonzalez and Christian Bolanos scored for Costa Rica; Robin van Persie, Arjen Robben, Wesley Sneijder and Dirk Kuyt for Holland.

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Final Score: Holland 0 - Costa Rica 0 aet (4:3pens)
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Teams

Travel to Holland Netherlands:
1-Jasper Cillessen; 3-Stefan de Vrij, 2-Ron Vlaar, 4-Bruno Martins Indi, 21-Memphis Depay; 20-Georginio Wijnaldum, 5-Daley Blind, 15-Dirk Kuyt, 10-Wesley Sneijder; 9-Robin van Persie, 11-Arjen Robben.

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1-Keylor Navas; 16-Cristian Gamboa, 2-Johnny Acosta, 3-Giancarlo Gonzalez, 4-Michael Umana; 15-Junior Diaz, 17-Yeltsin Tejeda, 5-Celso Borges, 10-Bryan Ruiz; 9-Joel Campbell, 7-Christian Bolanos.

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