Netherlands beats Costa Rica in penalty shootout

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Netherlands’ goalkeeper Tim Krul makes a save on a shot by Costa Rica’s Michael Umana during a penalty shootout in extra time during the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Brazil, Saturday, July 5, 2014. The Netherlands defeated Costa Rica 4-3 in penalties after a 0-0 tie. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

Netherlands’ goalkeeper Tim Krul makes a save on a shot by Costa Rica’s Michael Umana during a penalty shootout in extra time during the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Brazil, Saturday, July 5, 2014. The Netherlands defeated Costa Rica 4-3 in penalties after a 0-0 tie. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

Netherlands’ goalkeeper Tim Krul celebrates after saving a penalty during penalty kicks of the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between the Netherlands and Costa Rica at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Brazil, Saturday, July 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

Costa Rica’s goalkeeper Keylor Navas dives for a save during the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between the Netherlands and Costa Rica at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Brazil, Saturday, July 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

Costa Rica’s goalkeeper Keylor Navas goes for the ball during the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between the Netherlands and Costa Rica at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Brazil, Saturday, July 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

Netherlands’ Robin van Persie, right, takes a shot during the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between the Netherlands and Costa Rica at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Brazil, Saturday, July 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

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SALVADOR, Brazil (AP) — Tim Krul came on as a substitute in the final minute of extra time and then saved two penalties in a 4-3 shootout victory over Costa Rica on Saturday, giving the Netherlands a spot in the World Cup semifinals.

The Newcastle goalkeeper saved spot kicks from Costa Rica captain Bryan Ruiz and Michael Umana after the match had finished 0-0.

The Dutch team will next face Argentina in the semifinals on Wednesday in Sao Paulo.

In another stroke of tactical genius at this year’s World Cup, Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal pulled Jasper Cillessen moments after the Ajax goalkeeper had kept his team in the match by saving a shot from Marcos Urena in extra time.

Krul looked super confident during the shootout, saving the second and fifth penalties.

When Krul stopped Ruiz’s penalty, Cillessen, watching from the sideline, punched the air in celebration.

Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas had kept his team in the match with a string of saves in the first half and again in extra time. When Wesley Sneijder twice beat him late in regulation and again in the second half of extra time, the woodwork made the stop.

Sneijder hit the post with a free kick in the 80th minute and sent a curling shot over Navas and off the crossbar before the penalty shootout.

At the end, however, Navas could not stop any of the four Dutch penalties as Robin van Persie, Arjen Robben, Sneijder and Dirk Kuyt all scored.

Associated Press

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