Gary Lineker presents live coverage as the Netherlands take on Costa Rica in Salvador with the last semi-final place up for grabs. With commentators Guy Mowbray and Danny Murphy.
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COMMENTATOR: These are the marches that really matter. Knock outgames
on the big stage. Higuain, that really matter. Knock outgames
on the big stage. 1-0, Argentina. Oh, the header just wide of the
goal! Argentina are heading to Sao Paulo.
Good evening. Argentina join Brazil and Germany in the last-four. All
eyes are now on Salvador to see if Holland can plot a course to join
them. I want to tell you of a legend. A
legend that grows every four years. It's the story of the Flying
Dutchman. It is also the story of a curse of restlessness and failure.
The story is my story. For I'm one of the Flying Dutchmen. We've been
doomed to spend eternity on a series of four year quests. A fruitless
search for the golden treasure. We always get close, so very, very
close. But I tell you, we remain united with belief we can lift this
curse. We will find what we're looking for and we'll finally return
home as heroes. I see a new foe standing in our way. A land
undiscovered, full of volcano and forest. A land of
undiscovered, full of volcano and forest. A land danger filled with
the proud people. COMMENTATOR: It's in. They want the
golden treasure and they too want to return home as victors. Costa Rica,
quarter-final. They want to keep us cursed. Van Persie, what a fantastic
goal! Will the curse be broken or will we be fated on this eternal
quest. The I'm one of the Flying Dutchmen. This is my time. That
wasn't Stephen McLaren with the voice over. The Dutch are the nearly
men of the World Cup. Losing finalists on three occasions. Here
in Brazil, Louis van Gaal's side have been impressive on their way to
the quarter-final, winning all four games and coming from behind in
three of them. Costa Rica were expected to struggle in the Group
stage but took seven points from Uruguay, Italy and England to finish
top of Group D before seeing off Greece in penalties. Los Ticos could
be the first team from Concacaf to reach a World Cup With us
semi-final. We have Alan Hansen, Alan Shearer and Rio Ferdinand. We
should reflect on the big story from last night, Neymar. He is out of the
World Cup. He suffered a fracture to his third vertebrae two minutes from
time after Juan Zuniga controversially kneed him in the
back as he tried to shield the ball. Neymar, Brazil's top-scorer, with
four goals, was clearly in pain as he left the field on a stretcher. A
statement from the Brazil football confederation later revealed that
although he does not need surgery, a recovery period of at least four
weeks is required. Which of course rules him out of the rest of the
tournament. Sad news. A loss to the tournament? It's bad for the
tournament. Terrible for Brazil and devastating for the boy himself.
It's funny, the last thing in that first-half I thought it was the best
team Brazil played. Passing quicker, moving, incisive. Everything was
coming through them. For the first time I thought they would win the
tournament. Silva gets booked. He misses the next match. The two
minutes from the end. I think he is unlucky. 99 times out of 100 this
tackle comes in. The guy receiving the knee in the back gets up and
walks away. Unfortunately for may marr. Bad challenge or one of those
things One of those things. There were a few bad challenges in the
game which I thought the referee could have stamped out early on. I
don't think there was any intent. It happens in the game. It's a disaster
for Brazil. He is the one guy that can produce the magic to win them
the game. The game was physical or filthy? A bit of both. Fernandinho
was lucky not to get booked. Hopefully we won't see that in the
next game. They have Germany which look the most drilled team and ready
to win this championship for me. We have one player left at the start of
the mural on this show. That is Messi. We draw it or something,
dole! Time to focus on tonight's game between the Netherlands and
Costa Rica. Kickoff in Salvador is just over 20 minutes away. As you
can imagine, there will be plenty of orange on display in the Arena Fonte
Nova. They are sampling the atmosphere in the stadium is Danny
Murphy and Jason Mohammed. This is where the Netherlands World Cup
began. JASON MOHAMMAD: Good Friday Agreement says he is not taking
Costa Rica likely, what is your thought on a Costa Rica upset? DANNY
MURPHY: He has to say that. They will be well-organised. They will
play defensively and hit them on the counter. I imagine the Dutch will
have too much of them. I can't see them limiting them to enough
chances. I think Holland will dominate possession. Costa Rica will
rely on the break away and the skill of Campbell and Ruiz. They are
worried about Arjen Robben's diving. He asked the officials and FIFA to
clampdown, what do you think? I hammered him a little bit. I would
like to say he is a wonderful player, everyone enjoys watching
him. Give him credit for that. It's not the first time with him, I think
he has let himself down. He is not the only one. It needs to be
addressed. Especially in World Cups. It seems more prevalent now
especially rather than the Premier League. It is not something he needs
to do. His talent gets him through anyway. I'm disappointed in him. I
think the manager has every right to ask the referee to keep an eye out
for it. Bryan Ruiz you know very well. If Costa Rica are to win
today, he has to have a big game? He will not dictate play for long
periods. He has magic moments in him. He can score wonder goals. He
can see a pass. Great feet and skill around the box. He is capable of
having a brilliant moment. Sometimes he looks for 20 minutes he is not
involved in the game he can then put one in the corner, a Chippendale or
a pass. Joel Campbell has worked hard. Either one of those two is the
only real hope for Costa Rica today. Thank you very much. We were at the
Costa Rica hotel last night after training. They looked relaxed and
they say they don't fear the Netherlands. You have the
top-scorers in the tournament alongside Columbia against a team
who came here with low expectationses. A David and Goliath.
If you look at Costa Rica they were great against Uruguay, terrific
against Italy, not so good against England. With the Greeks they
struggled for long periods. The way they played against the Italians you
would have thought the pace and ability and technical of Wesley
Sneijder and van Persie and Robben would be too much of them. This guy
has done well as well. He is single minded.
has done well as well. He is single for him. Rio, you have to fancy the
Dutch in this game. The last-16 for him. Rio, you have to fancy the
in the quarter-finals every single for him. Rio, you have to fancy the
favourite went through? No-one expected anything from them.
favourite went through? No-one game against Spain they smashed
Spain out of the park. They have grown from there. I think, seeing...
Spain out of the park. They have Even around Rio, I have seen them in
the bars relaxing. The manager has given them that responsibility - The
bars! The bars oochlt I walked in, saying, what is going on? They say
said they had a curfew and the manager believes in them and trusts
us. I have been impressed with them, five at the back, three at the back
or four. He changed systems to suit whatever teams they are
or four. He changed systems to suit against. It worked against Spain.
When they are chasing a goal in the round of 16 game he took van Persie
off, he put Huntelaar on. Creates one, scores the penalty. Big
decisions are working for him. You can be complacent. Sometimes you sit
in the dressing room and think it's anywhere over. Complacency is the
enemy of success. The manager is very single minded. He will be
saying the right things in the dressing room. That is ultra
important. Let us look at the Dutch starting line-up. Here it is.
Jasper Cillessen is in goal. He has tasted defeat only once in 12
appearances. Indi is recalled in one of two changes made by Louis van
Gaal. The other being Memphis Depay, who starts on the left. Daley Blind
has been given the responsibility of replacing Nigelle de Jong. Wesley
Sneijder has scored five goals in his last five World Cup knock
outmatches. Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben scored six goals in the
opening two games between them, but have not scored since. No doubting
the star man of the Netherlands, Arjen Robben has been electrifying
and at times almost unplayable. Despite his sensational form he
continues to divide opinion, Dan Walker reports. He admitted he will
take a dive if he believes it's necessary. He is trying to con
people. The man's ability is never questioned. His actions often are.
Yet another inspired performance was overshadowed by both the dive he
admitted to and the controversy surrounding that game changing
spot-kick. The talent, undeniable. But the dark side can't be ignored.
There was one foul, in the first-half, in the last moment I
think he took his leg away. I went to the ground without any touch. So
it was a stupid action from me. It had nothing to do with the penalty
kick. That is football. That has had nothing to do with any result of the
game. Sometimes you get it because he gets moments that it would be a
penalty. I think the first moment against Mexico was a penalty. He
didn't get it. He was trying to look for it. Of course, if he plays
against you, that is not nice. Yeah, what can you say? If it was against
us, for Germany, we would hate him! Glory in Brazil could change things
for the Flying Dumpman. COMMENTATOR: This is the chance.
Arjen Robben is in. Arjen Robben has been denied. Robben has eaten you up
the ground. He kept his feet. It looked like he caught Robben. He
could fall down. He didn't do it. He wanted to be the hero. He learnt
from these moments. I think he is more decisive in this way. More
mature. Louis van Gaal's tactics aren't the footballing fee lossty of
the '70s, Robben has the potential to join their long list of legends.
I think he is world-class at the moment. I think he makes the
difference for this Dutch He is team. Fast. He can score. He can
create chances for our team, for other players, o for himself. Not
only his pace, but how he uses it. He goes for you. Have you to make a
choice as a defender. That is I think his strength. What of the man
himself? He is here to win. You don't come to World Cup to enjoy the
weather and enjoy the beach. In Rio you come here to win matches and we
are in the last-eight. Nobody would have expected that from us. We will
try everything to reach the semi-finals now. We will focus on
him as a footballer. One hell of a player? One hell of a player. I
think since we saw him in the Premier League he has gained a yard
of pace from somewhere. When he's running at you, running at the
defence, it must be and is pretty pretty scary for them. Watch this
run. He sucks the defender in. Goes short to go long. Fantastic run.
Great ball. Very, very good touch. He's away. It's a very good finish.
Pace here, he is running against Ramos. He gives him five or six
yards there. He is no slouch. The way he gets away from him. He stays
up. Keeps his balance, keeps concentrated. Again, wonderful
finish. He could go down here. The the reason he doesn't is because he
has a sniff of goal. Space in front of him and he knows if he stays up
he can get away and a pop at goal. He did. He did it well. The same
thing here. Three or four defenders there he goes down. Gets a
free-kick. One or one or two on two he has a chance ever scoring. A
chance of getting something away at goal. Assists. This is for Depay.
The way he gets at the defence, uses his pace. That is all the positive
side of things. most difficult players to play
against. When he gets the ball, his first thought is, can I heard you?
He wants to run at you and cause problems. He reacts off you, he will
dribble at pace, and when you make a decision to tackle him, he shifts
the ball. How do you defend against him? Smashing, get in early, try to
not let him turn. You have got to get someone right behind him. The
extra thing he has got is the pace and trickery. When he is running at
you with the ball, it is tight to his feet. He is never going to have
a bad touch, so you will have to try and maybe nudge it to make him have
a bad touch. What about the diving? We heard Ruud Gullit sake, if it
were Germany, we would hate him! When he is in trouble, he is more
liable to go down. If he has got a chance to score... This is against
Chile, he is in trouble, he is down. It is the actor allows well. This is
against Mexico. -- theatrical as well. The other side of the coin, if
you are a defender and you put your leg out like that, you are asking
for trouble. It is the elaborate nature of it. What happens next is a
joke, by the way. This is what I am talking about, when you have got a
chance to score, he is not going down. He has every chance but no,
again, the lake comes dangling. He is entitled to go over there, but he
takes it on. He wants the defender to commit and make a lunch at him,
that is when he reacts. It will cost him in a game, because he will get
brought down in the penalty area and he will not get it given because of
his reputation. One guy who does not go down is Messi. Costa Rica were
50-1 to win their group at the start, but they have gone further in
this competition than at any time in history, so why stop? Jason Mohammad
has been talking to their assistant coach.
Football is a universal language, but at the start of Brazil 2014,
nobody thought we would still be talking Costa Rica.
I think the players, the country went up, you know, to play against
Balotelli, Pirlo, to win the game, that is something special for us.
Three former world champions, we play against them. The most
difficult test you can imagine, we passed that. I don't believe it,
Uruguay 1, Costa Rica 3! We have players who get together,
and they want to win as a team. That is our strength. Players like
Campbell, Ruiz, they are not the biggest superstars, but they have a
nice connection on the field. Small country, big dreams.
Unbelievable but, they have done it again! We knew that it wasn't going
well, but down in our Hearts we again! We knew that it wasn't going
we were going through that. We played against Greece without
we were going through that. We man, extra time, we go to the
penalties. Anything could happen. Michael Umana can win this for Costa
Rica. Costa Rica, quarterfinal! Making history. The second stage,
anything can happen now. Holland, they are the favourites, but we can
do something. At the end, if we win, nice. If not, nice. It will be
something we will remember. You are living the dream. The World Cup is
about life, you need to receive what life will give to you, and right now
they are giving us too much. This is how they line up.
Keylor Navas is a strong contender for the Golden Globes. Five at the
back for Los Ticos. Johnny Acosta comes in for the suspended Duarte.
Celso Borges has been impressive in midfield, Brian Ruiz is the top
scorer with two of their five goals. 22-year-old Joel Campbell will play
up front, his only tournament goal came against Uruguay. Rio, you have
picked out Bryan Ruiz, as Danny Murphy said earlier, he has magical
moments. He reminds me of a former team mate of mine, Berbatov, he has
a lazy kind of style, but moments like that, he goes past people. They
play together at full. Yes, they do. See that? A fantastic footballer, he
has a picture in his mind, he sees things and does the unexpected.
Here, a great header in the end, and he looks a different player in a
Costa Rica shirt, the responsibility of being captain, demand that the
team look to for inspiration. He grows in the Costa Rican shirt. It
was not the same at Fulham, it did not work out for him. But he guided
in here, you can see the look on the defender's face, how did he see
that? I really like watching him in a Costa Rican shirt. They are one of
the teams that has played a high line in the tournament. They played
a high line against the Italians, and against the Greeks they defended
deeper. If they play the high line in this match, they will be
pulverised. Because if you have got Schneider, Robben and a Van Persie
against you, you are in a bit of trouble. Do we expect a Dutch
victory? It won't be easy for them, but they have only conceded two
goals. It is the Netherlands versus Costa Rica for a place in the World
Cup semifinal against Argentina, your commentators in Salvador, Danny
Murphy and Guy Mowbray. Thank you, Gary. Good evening from
Salvador, the city of goals. There have been 24 in the five games
played here so far. The tone was set by the Netherlands on just the
second day of the World Cup three weeks ago yesterday. This is where
it started for them, with a 5-1 thrashing of defending world
champions Spain, featuring that header from Robben van Persie.
Today's opposition, Spanish speaking, with a Premier League
player, but Costa Rica are here long after they surrendered their crown.
There always seems to be one team that goes further than you might
think, Los Ticos are this year's story. Out of a group of three
former World Cup winning nations, they had a warriors like win over
Greece, and now the biggest game in the history of the small but
football mad country. This is what we will get before the anthems, as
with everyone of the quarterfinals, the captains reading out FIFA's
message against discrimination. The microphone passes from Robin van
Persie to Bryan Ruiz. Ladies and gentlemen, please
stand... Now we stand for the national anthems.
And now the national anthem of Costa Rica.
# Conquistaron tus hijos Labriegos sencillos
# Cuando alguno pretenda Tu gloria manchar
# Veras a tu pueblo valiente y viril
# Vivan siempre el trabajo y la paz. #
I always think it is a little cruel when the microphones go that close
up to the players. They are here to play football at the World Cup, not
sing at an Eisteddfod. Everyone of them was trying to sing out proudly.
The injury to Nigel de Jong men change was inevitable for the Dutch,
and there are two changes, Indy starts for the first time after a
concussion in the match against Australia. The defensive midfield
role goes to Daley Blind. Memphis Depay comes in for Verhaegh, it
really is a side that screams attack, particularly with that front
trio, as it will be, of Sneijder just behind Arjen Robben and Robin
van Persie. A lot of Costa Rican supporters
never thought they would get to the banner holding stage of this World
Cup. Watch Arjen Robben, that was the
play from the Costa Rican coach yesterday. Uzbekistan's Ram Irmatov
has his work cut out in trying to work out what is fair, fowl or fake.
It is his fourth game of the tournament, having taken charge of
five in South Africa four years ago. The Costa Rica team is one that is
missing the defender that they call the rock, Oscar Duarte, suspended
after his sending off against Greece. That means a first start of
the World Cup for Johnny Acosta, now 30, he only made his international
debut at 27 against the nation that lies in wait for the winners,
Argentina. Undoubtedly take to Costa Rican hopes, Keylor Navas, Joel
Campbell and Bryan Ruiz, well-known to the Dutch from his time with
Twente and PSV Eindhoven, and well-known to Danny Murphy.
Bryan Ruiz? He has done well. He has had a tough time in Fulham. He has
shown in this World Cup the quality he has. He is a match winner. They
are going to need him tonight. All set to go in Salvador.
Ruiz superb finish against Greece. Headed the winner against Italy
Ruiz superb finish against Greece. all in white, who get the final
quarter-final of World all in white, who get the final
underway. Straightaway, the men in orange get themselves onto the
attack and try to put pressure on the Costa Rica defence. They needed
to blast that one away from their penalty area.
to blast that one away from their Rica get forward particularly with
their Rica get forward particularly with
chance might be a fine thing today? There is a line of five rather than
a three. They are airing on the side of caution. You can't blame them. Up
against of caution. You can't blame them. Up
Daley Blind has started on the left. The Dutch led us to believe they
Daley Blind has started on the left. were insisted Blind was a certainty
to fill Nigel de Jong's were insisted Blind was a certainty
midfield role. Look as though Georginio Wijnaldum will be carrying
out that job. They have gone to a 3-4-3. Which is a little
out that job. They have gone to a different than they have been doing.
I don't think there has been a coach at this World Cup who
I don't think there has been a coach van Gaal has. He has done it well,
hasn't he, at pivotal moments in games he has done it well. They have
lined it up as a five. games he has done it well. They have
to wait and see. Versatility, a key part of the way the Dutch play.
to wait and see. Versatility, a key There will be no complacency in
their ranks, not with Louis van Gaal in charge. The only previous meeting
between these nations at a FIFA tournament was in an under-20 World
Cup in Argentina, Costa Rica won 3-1. Louis van Gaal was the coach of
that team. You did well finding that. Up all night! It is definitely
a 3-4-3. Playing van Persie through the middle. Robben on the right and
Depay on the left. Here is Daley Blind playing behind Memphis Depay.
Knocked out by Johnny Acosta. I wonder what look you would have
got from the harden Costa Rican supporter if you said before the
start they would be here playing in the quarter-finals. They went
start they would be here playing in a Cup match last year to Honduras.
They have a free-kick. He has been unfairly blocked there Granodos by
Stefan de Vrij. I'm not sure there was too much in that. He will be up
and about before you know it. Nearly followed you to Charlton,
and about before you know it. Nearly Granados, signed a one-year loan,
but didn't get a work permit. He took that free-kick. Very nearly
caught the Dutch out. Unlucky. Good run from Joel Campbell at the back
post. Notes being taken already by the man to the right, to the right,
as he sits, Louis van Gaal. That is Danny Blind, father of Daley. He
played at the 19 90 and 94 World Cups. The three front players for
Costa Rica are squeezing very high on the central defenders. Trying to
make the keeper kick it long. A good tactic. It means the Dutch
make the keeper kick it long. A good have consistent possession of the
ball from the goalkeeper. Bruno Martins Indi. Allowed to wonder out
with it -- wander out with it. There's the man from Aston Villa
that the Dutch fans called concrete" Ron", big Ron Vlaar.
Robben, dropped into a pocket of space much he was followed every
step of the way. Depay, he can be a flying machine, if allowed to get
going. Gamboa straight to Sneijder. Depay
has Robben closest to him. Robben down. The ball was won fairly. In
fairness to Arjen Robben, he was quickly back to his feet. Had a
swing and a miss there. Ruiz can't take it for Costa Rica either. Here
goes Robben. Van Persie wants it across to the right. Depay to the
left. Van Persie, misjudged it. The flag
is being waved anyway. You can see from the opening exchanges that when
Costa Rica go forward on the break, like they did then, and commit men
forward, the big spaces that the Dutch love to counter-attack into,
they have to be careful when attacking that they don't give away
possession so easy, like Campbell did there, with a square pass. The
man we had a look at will be aware of all that. Jorge Luis Pinto, a
student of the game. Never played as a pro. One of those football
academics. He is an admirer of Jose Mourinho. Similar paths they have
taken. No playing pedigree, they know their onions.
Managed to get pass Umana and hold off Diaz. A corner. He did well,
Gonzalez, didn't dive in. Didn't give Robben a chance to do anything
bad. A positive run from Robben. What we want to see from him,
committing people. What we want to see, I know it's early, seems to be
making a concerted effort to stay upright.
Sneijder all the way back to Jasper Cillessen.
Bruno Martins Indi with the ball intended for Robben. It was missed
by Diaz, taken by Robben. Can't find Depay. Gamboa in from the right hand
side. Blind to Sneijder. Just thought for a second when Diaz made
that mistake Robben would be in and it would be curtains for Costa Rica.
Van Persie. Just rested his hands on the shoulders of Gonzalez. They have
to settle down Costa Rica. They can't keep giving the ball away so
quickly or they will be chasing a lot in the game. Bolanos chasing. He
won't get there. Seven appearances in World Cup matches. What is
evident, from minute one, the front three pressing high making the
goalkeeper kick it. The back five staying in line
goalkeeper kick it. The back five to the Dutch, the two wide men in
midfield they will leave them to keep the ball free. And shuffle
over. An interesting tactic. Would you see that, I suppose weakness is
over. An interesting tactic. Would strong, seeing Depay in those roles,
not what strong, seeing Depay in those roles,
The Dutch think they will have a lot of the ball not defending
The Dutch think they will have a lot of the game, which is a reasonable
assumption to make. They will have to choose their moments, Costa Rica.
Be nice and clever and put men forward as and when they have good
Gonzalez, had a look and saw that possession. So far,
Gonzalez, had a look and saw that Gamboa had set off. He does get
up-and-down that right wing, Gamboa had set off. He does get
seemingly limitless energy. He's on the ball now. Followed by Blind. He
managed to wriggle away from him. Gamboa
managed to wriggle away from him. Indi. Off balance.
managed to wriggle away from him. from Gamboa. Good balance and pace.
Now of course he from Gamboa. Good balance and pace.
that is being attacked here by Depay with Robben outside. Akers of space
in the box, if with Robben outside. Akers of space
know. Ruiz, lovely change of direction. Nice use of the ball too.
Well played. He surprise to see Bryan Ruiz heavily
involved in that. Lovely exchange there with Ballinamallard. Can't get
Campbell into the there with Ballinamallard. Can't get
to van Persie. Look at Depay go. Look at van Persie go! An
to van Persie. Look at Depay go. touch from Acosta. It was very
important. Actually, touch from Acosta. It was very
away from a turnover of possession. The best passing movement we
away from a turnover of possession. seen from Costa Rica. As soon as
they lose the ball, the Dutch are away, with their pace.
The noise you can hear building in the background is coming from Dutch
voices. Kuyt's throw. Wanted the return from
Robben. Robin stead Cleverley finds Kuyt's throw. Wanted the return from
van Persie. Now a Kuyt cross. Just where he is lacking a bit that,
Kuyt. A loopy, nothing cross. No pace on it. Not really picking
anyone out. Robben calling for a bit of calm
from his defender as he was tracked and beaten to the ball by Junior
Diaz. it is a Costa Rica takeover in the
stands, and they have definitely got the neutral vote in Salvador.
Very assured on the ball, Christian Bolanos. This is exactly what they
need, don't worry about having to attack, just get some possession. It
is the best way to get a breather from all that defending, keep the
ball a while, make the Dutch run around a bit.
They have started really well, Guy, they have not been overawed by the
occasion at all. De Vrij was callous, they have given it away.
Borges sensed his chance but couldn't go much further with it. He
will do that, he likes to break. Of the two central midfielders, he is
the one that will go. Is touch let him down a little bit, but good
anticipation. Having to work really hard, those midfield two. I know
that position well, it is tough, getting back in, getting up to help
the strikers, back in again. It is going to be a long day for the two
in the middle of the pitch. You galloped up the stairs! I use that
word loosely. That is a poor News of the World gallop. Depay showed a
little bit too much of its the World gallop. Depay showed a
Gonzalez. -- use of the word. Plenty of time for Vlaar and Martin is
there. It has been 16 and a half minutes in
which the Netherlands have looked as though they are going to assert
control of the game, but Costa Rica, as Danny said, far from overawed.
The longer they hold out, the more they are in the game, the more they
have a chance of what would be, let's be honest, one of the biggest
upsets the World Cup has known. They have already achieved something
unbelievable, nobody gave them a chance. Nobody is giving them a hope
this evening, including myself, but they have started off brightly,
confidently, they seem as though they are enjoying it. Fair play to
them! I think they deserve huge, huge credit.
Varane also has had a really bright start to the game. -- Bolanos. From
a Dutch perspective, they will be happy they have got some good
control of the game, but they would want the passing to be quicker, a
bit sharper, more incisive. They are a bit slow, a bit lethargic. Try to
play to those front always a little bit quicker. -- front boys.
Robbyn just dropped the shoulder and threatened to get away from him, but
he is all over him now. Here is Bryan Ruiz on the ball. Well-known
to the Dutch players, he played at Twente and then spent the second
half of last season at PSV on loan from Fulham. Ron Vlaar turns it
away. Gamboa covers some ground! He does, it is a good play, Campbell
doing what he does best, running at people, committing people. Nice
reverse pass, good cross, good move from Costa Rica, the best of the
game so far. Gamboa with the throat when he is
good and ready, when he has an option. He is probably having a
rest! He has already sprinted down the length of the pitch and back.
Ruiz trying to let that one dropout. It is with the help of Daley Blind.
On a serious note, it is important for Costa Rica, when they have
possession, they do get a breather in. They need to preserve their
energy so that they can get numbers in the box when they do attack.
hurry up from the referee there. This time it is the Netherlands'
ball to throw back in. I think the move to Palermo is the most recent
gossip surrounding Bryan Ruiz, not likely to be playing in the
Championship with full next season. No, it is unlikely. A very talented
player, someone will get the benefits of his quality. Campbell
might be benefits of his quality. Campbell
League with Arsenal at long last. Sneijder away.
Good save, Navas, here is Sneijder! A little mud gait bit more routine
for the Costa Rican keeper. Brilliant move, brilliant save.
Kuyt, lovely pic on the edge of the box, the keeper is off his line so
fast. We have seen Van Persie take those chances so money times. Much
easier for the goalkeeper, that is the threat, that is the danger. I
think it was Depay or the threat, that is the danger. I
the reverse pass, a terrific move from Holland, much better. Two more
saves made by the goalkeeper they call the Falcon, Keylor Navas, who
has saved 16 of 18 shots on target that he has faced at this World Cup.
They reported bid came in from Atletico Madrid for the
They reported bid came in from keeper in the last few days, but
they want the ?8 million in his contract.
You have to credit Robben there, he could have gone down, he was honest.
Arjen Robben and honest in the same line! He is a threat, though, every
tiny runs at them. They need to keep giving him the ball, he is the one
that is going to unlock them. giving him the ball, he is the one
finds Campbell. Campbell scurries away from Martins Indi. Nothing
happening to the left, he had to go back the other way. Blind stops the
cross, took the wind out of his sails, that, from Gamboa. He does
that well, Campbell, gets into the pockets and starts running at
people, clever little positions A bit of a fly hack from Ruiz, free
kick already taken. Sneijder with the lived through to
Depay, who went a little too soon, the flag is up.
It is a good run, trying to threaten in behind, just goes a little bit
early. That is the type of run they are going to get in with. It is
actually about five versus three at the back at the time, for Costa
Rica, five in a line against three Dutch forwards. If Blind and Kuyt
can push on, they are going to have a problem. That is given away, there
is a problem here. The flag is up against Van Persie, and he did touch
it. Robin van Persie in the box, definitely active at all times! That
will be a free kick for Costa Rica, but mistakes starting to happen,
cracks starting to appear. Yeah, a bit more pressure from the Dutch,
Van Persie earlier, he has got to be careful to stay with your runners,
especially in the box. He got away with it about time. On Tuesday
night, live on BBC One at half past eight, we will have the first
semifinal, Brazil against Germany from Belo Horizonte. Coverage of
that also on BBC Radio 5 live, of course. The second semifinal comes
the next night, and that will be between the winners of this game and
Argentina. Be semifinal stage already, I don't
know what we're going to do after extra week! I don't know what you're
going to do, I'm going home! I have loved it, actually, I have to say
the football has been wonderful, so loved it, actually, I have to say
refreshingly attack minded, so many goals, so many good games, and I
have had the pleasure of working with you, Guy! Steady! Costa Rica
coming forward with Campbell, blocked by Kompany. Martins Indi.
Mistakes from the men in orange as well. Yes, it is a bit sloppy, and
time having so much of the ball coming you do get a bit sloppy with
it. They are not really putting too much pressure on at the moment,
because they have been under a bit of pressure themselves, but that was
a poor pass. Sneijder is getting a little bit
frustrated there. I think he is having a go at Martins Indi, who
gave that ball away. This is a great opportunity for Christian Bolanos to
swing one in, curling one in towards Jasper Cillessen's goal. We saw
against Uruguay, the effectiveness of their set plays, they have got
some big lads. Gonzales and Umana are the two biggest towers of all.
It wasn't a bad ball, just a little too high. Really good ball, didn't
cover the back post area. Usually you have every part of the box
covered, but they all seemed to make similar runs there. He is lucky to
get away with that, actually, the hand on the shirt, he has to do a
little bit, I think it was Martins Indi tagging him. He will have to be
little bit, I think it was Martins careful. Not spotted by Ravshan
Irmatov, that one. I think you can rest assured that if he did spot
it, he probably would have pointed to the spot. The last thing the
Dutch want to do is give away a stupid penalty.
Forced into the mistake, Van Persie. Depay with a chance to shoot, Navas
is in a way of yet another one. Good save again. Ruiz giving the ball
away that time. Now a Costa Rica break, but it is controlled with his
hands. He is saying he didn't, but it was right under the nose of the
assistant referee. Run back, stop waving your arms in the air, the
decision has gone! Another good save from the goalkeeper. Navas has been
good this tournament, hasn't he? He has been one of their main players,
they're better performers, for sure. I read this morning that according
to the national registry, four babies born in Costa Rica in June
were given the name Keylor, presumably after the goalkeeper -
you don't hear it too often! 22 named after Joel Campbell, so they
are making an impact. You are making it up! I don't know where you get
these facts from, brilliant! I think I would rather be called Joel,
wouldn't you? A great save, that was the Dutch chance, two good chances,
a poor finish, really. Navas away. Dirk Kuyt plans to meet it. --
climbs. want in the release clause, no doubt
about that. Monaco and Milan, and the Atletico Madrid bid has been
all their own way. They've half an hour played in Salvador.
all their own way. They've half an dominant as I thought they would be
in terms of chances and opening up Costa Rica. Blind. I haven't seen
too many errors from him. Martins Costa Rica. Blind. I haven't seen
Indi. A little too rough in his atents to win
Campbell, does well. Battling with Blind. Reads the bounce just
slightly better. Acosta. Fouled by van Persie. Who was forced to run
back with him. Good defending from Acosta. Got in front of van Persie,
nice and strong. Forced the foul. Lewes look ing a at those two, it
underlines the difference in pedigree. I know that doesn't mean
they will play the game. Acosta had a loan spell in the Mexican second
division last year. It shows you how much hunger, passion, well-organised
team can take you. It's a similar story to America, if you like. Not
the most gifted players, not household names, the passion they
are playing with and the intensity is fantastic to see. There might be
an opportunity for Costa Rica here. Ballinamallard. That ball wasn't as
good as his previous free-kick. No, a wasted
-- Balanos. Was that a push? Louis van Gaal disagrees, strongly! He is
certainly a man of strong opinions, Louis van Gaal. Not sure there
certainly a man of strong opinions, anything in that. I think he slipped
and tripped on himself. Certainly what it looks like, on second
Nice flick from Christian Bolanos, viewing.
Nice flick from Christian Bolanos, he couldn't find Ruiz. They get a
throw-in. Has to make his mind up. Borges
bumped to the floor. I don't think it's the worst in the world for the
Dutch to have it's the worst in the world for the
Open the pitch up more and give them a chance to use their pace on the
counters we talked about earlier. a chance to use their pace on the
area which they can exploit, the Dutch, Costa Rica I should, Costa
Rica can exploit the Dutch. Better delivery needed this time. Looking
for the run. It was a great run. It's cleared away.
for the run. It was a great run. complete the job. The The
Netherlands can run away with Robben. No free-kick. There is
Netherlands can run away with He started to complain much he
didn't think he was get anything. Clever set play, Costa Rica. Yes,
this is the free-kick. Clever set play, Costa Rica. Yes,
Gamboa. A good job for Campbell that he didn't get him - when he was
trying to take everything out. Best chance of the game for Costa Rica.
Borges around the back. Really clever move, didn't pick him up. A
similar sort of free-kick, the Netherlands could threaten.
Sneijder is the decoy. Not good from Robben.
Kuyt. Blocked by Bryan Ruiz. Blind gives it to Martins Indi.
Costa Rica tried to play a runnout on that free-kick and play a high
line. One of them stayed in, very dangerous tactic. Not sure that is
what they should be doing. Big boys in there. Defend your box. Mark your
men. Don't need to run out and play high
They can certainly defend this Costa Rica team. They have shown that
throughout the competition. Never more so than in the last-16 against
Greece, 1-1 draw. They were 1-0 up for so long, until the last seconds
of injury-time. Robben has gone spiralling down to the floor. Costa
Rica are claiming he looked for something, but there did seem to be
a pull from Junior Diaz. It might have been theatrical, but I think
there was a foul. The replay will tell us, when we get it. I'm not
sure there was too much in it. Good run from Robben. Trying to get in
between defenders. He knows Sneijder has the capability to pick him out.
Junior Diaz is getting a booking. First of the World Cup. No danger
there. No, the referee must have seen something. Certainly when he's
at full flight, Arjen Robben, he is a hard man to stop.
It's within range for Robben or Sneijder. Looks frustrated that he
has to wait for the circle to be drawn around the ball.
Along way from Keylor Navas's goal. Only a shot seems to be in mind from
either of the two. Robben leaves this one for Sneijder! What a save.
What a try. A long way out to score with a curler from there. This is
the foul. Yeah. Good spot from the referee. Really good spot. Yellow
card. Sneijder tried to give the keeper the eyes. Keeper has not
fallen for it. Really good save. Clever idea from Sneijder. The
corner is a good one. Defended by Acosta. Miskick horribly by Depay.
Can't do that with a first name, Memphis. Daley Blind. We have all
done that before. Says Memphis Murphy. I liked his confidence to
try it. Not the best ball. Wijnaldum is on
the ball now. The pace screams for it. Kuyt is the first link in the
chain. Now it's van Persie. Sneijder. Signs the Dutch are
stepping it up now. Depay and Robben have swapped sides, to mix things up
a little bit. Blind. Nobody really in there for him. Sneijder to
Wijnaldum. They are having to work it. Having to work hard.
A lost of Costa Rica chasing and going on. Not a Good play. Look
where they forced the ball back to? Yeah. Well-drilled. Manager deserves
good credit for that. It doesn't happen just by saying it. You have
to work at it hard on the training ground.
Trying to spring Persie. Here is Robben. One touch to
control the ball, the second to miss the ball completely. Good defending
from Borges. Got back in. Robben didn't see him coming. Robben. That
is a lovely take. Through to van Persie. Out comes Navas, had to get
that right. Got it just right, like everything else he's done in this
tournament. What is impressive with Navas is his speed off the line.
That is the second time tonight. The van Persie chance earlier. A will
havely slide from Robben. So quick off his line. A bit like the French
goalkeeper. That pace. Narrows the angle very quickly. Went down. No
free-kick. Here's Depay. Van Persie wants it. Van Persie is seen off. He
has gone into the back of Michael Umana. Good defending again. Really
good effort from Costa Rica. Just when the Dutch are look dangerous? .
They are looking dangerous. Reverse pass. Umana stays with his man
They are looking dangerous. Reverse the box, what we talked about
before. Not sticking your hand up and trying to play offside. Staying
with your man. Hard work, good tackle, do the right thing. That is
the set play earlier. Costa Rica's best chance of the game.
Tejeda. Gamboa. Robben is met by Acosta. Ruiz's header. Acosta,
again, now Tejeda. Just got a little excited. He is allowed to, Tejeda.
Try harder? He has not stopped running the whole half. Honestly, he
has been side ways, he is helping his defenders out. He has been
everywhere. his defenders out. He has been
from him. He is allowed to be. One of the few in the Costa Rica team
who we were told is very open to the prospect to a move to Europe. He
plays with one of the leading club sides in Costa Rica. Only 22,
Yeltsin Tejeda. sides in Costa Rica. Only 22,
would like him Good foot work, Kuyt, and from van
rather than later. Good foot work, Kuyt, and from van
Persie. Costa Rica up as one from their dug-out. Claiming
Persie. Costa Rica up as one from Ruiz is having a word. Nothing is
going to happen. The dug-out is furious. Yeah,
going to happen. The dug-out is something. Vlaar, out of defence to
win the ball, and finds Sneijder. but does manage to squeeze it out to
Arjen Robben. Kuyt gets passed
Diaz. Again, Valiant defending. Only one more minutes to be added on.
They will be desperate for that string in the dressing room, get
those fluids in. They are having to work really hard to stop the Dutch.
Now Kuyt, lovely ball, good running. Yet again, a white rock in the way,
Gonzales this time. The referee is having a look at the
watch and brings to an end a first half that Costa Rica can be very
satisfied with indeed. The best chances have gone to the
Netherlands, like other teams before them, they have found Keylor Navas
in their way time and again, frustrated expressions on the faces
of some of the players wearing orange shirts. They have got a long
way to go to win this and book their place in the semifinals, Costa Rica
still very much in this World Cup. Waiting for something big to happen
in the game, I am sure there is plenty for the boys to talk about.
Netherlands 0, Costa Rica 0. Still all to play for, some of these
goalkeepers won't be beaten at this World Cup. Rio, perhaps the Dutch
spent too much time in the bar! No, I think they have had a couple of
half chances, Sneijder played a few nice balls in behind, but I think
they need to get two upfront. I would change myself and get two up
front, put them under pressure, get the ball around their centre halves,
they are having an easy time with one player. Alan, you have to admire
the fortitude and spirit of Costa Rica. We saw the USA against
Belgium, they were prepared to get men forward on the ball, commit men
forward, and Costa Rica are doing that, but it is costing them a
little bit, because the best moments from the Dutch have come when Costa
Rica have attacked and the Dutch have gone back with a quick pass and
attack them. That has been their best option, and it is high risk
from Costa Rica, it is brave, naive at times. There you go, you can see
they have got six or seven guys committed there, and one early,
quick pass, lift your head up, you are in trouble. There you go, five
or six out of the game now, and a better pass from Van Persie, and
they are in trouble. Again, they commit men forward in the box, three
in the box, look, but five, six ahead of the ball, one quick pass,
and that is how they have caused them problems. With the pace of
Robben, Depay and Van Persie, that seems to have been their best option
in the first half. Lovely in there on the right-hand side, and it is a
chance that Van Persie should put away. Good save again, it is moving
the ball quickly, not letting... It is letting Costa Rica attack, then
having the confidence to go, right, we are going to get at you now,
commit men forward, four on the four. With the pace of Holland going
forward, they have caused them problems, and that has been their
best out. What I find surprising is that at this World Cup we have seen
a lot of goalkeepers blocking like that, the finishing has lacked
imagination, from great players. Navas has had a terrific first half,
but you have to commend Costa Rica, because not only are they
disciplined and organised, but their energy levels are like unbelievable.
Al is right about hitting them on the break, but the number of Whites
getting back was unbelievable. What they have done exceptionally well is
they have left Dirk Kuyt out, they have eliminated Sneijder in the
middle of the park to a certain extent, and the back three play
along the back and Dirk Kuyt is not a playmaker. He either goes square
or back, and that gives the Costa Rica defence time to settle, and
tactics have been spot-on. This fella, Navas, blimey! He stops
everything, Rio. Has been unbelievable. This is a fantastic
save, I thought it was in. He just actually takes a step to his left
hand side and then manages to get back over to the right-hand side,
very good save. And this here, I mean, so sharp of his line, the
reading of the game glance, looking at the picture, expecting the ball
to come through, brave when he collected. He has got a great shot
stopper and can read it off the line, very quick to his feet. You
have played in front of great goalkeepers, it must make a great
difference, a huge difference with that confidence. Yeah, the
confidence in the back four comes from the goalkeeper. If he is
assured and decisive, it gives you the confidence to do your job,
rather than thinking about what is going on behind you. A good
goalkeeper is the coolest guy on the pitch, on his left foot or right
foot, he would deal with it, and that put us at our ease, and we
could be clear about what we were doing. It takes the pressure off
when he is a guy who will come and take crosses, rather than you make
headers all the time. It is all about communication as well, never
going to the bar! Costa Rica, not too many opportunities, set pieces
were the best, Borges. Well, a decent ball in. They have not had
many other than that. That is about it. They have lacked a little bit of
quality. When they have at the opportunity to go forward, they have
lacked that quality, the ball has not stuck with the likes of
Campbell. If it had, I think they would have attacked. As long as it
stays the 0-0 and they get set ablaze, anything can happen. You
made the point about Dirk Kuyt... Yes, playing along the back, this
happens virtually every time, a nothing ball up in the air, he picks
it up here, a lack of communication there. At no stage did he get it
down in this position and play anybody in. Now, Robben has come
short, he plays it long... I think... The one great as was when
he was further forward. He never sees these pictures, he has never
played in this position. When the ball comes to him, he has not seen a
picture to ball comes to him, he has not seen a
almost blind. When he got up near the goal of the right-hand side, he
played a ball he had seen a million times before. Alan and I were saying
he played on the left and right, he was sort of destructive when he
played for Liverpool, you never thought of him like that, he played
centre forward. As a playmaker, virtually nonexistent. In the other
quarterfinal, Argentina played Belgium in Brasilia, watched by
Simon Brotherton. This is the first meeting between
these two nations for 28 years, since the semifinal in 1986 in
Mexico City. Messi. Argentina have had most of the early
play. Messi, so difficult to get off the ball. The finish was clinical,
Belgian behind early on. -- Belgium. Plenty of red shirts
surging forward. Kevin De Bruyne. It was too long.
It is a direct route for goal, Higuain, off the top of the bar! It
has been an excellent performance from Higuain, he very nearly had a
second one with this shot. The header from Fellaini over the
top of the bar! Suddenly, that was a bit more like it from Belgium.
Delaney could not quite keep the header down. -- Fellaini. Not much
time left now for Belgium. Here comes Lucas Biglia.
Away goes Messi, he could put the finishing touch on the victory, good
save! Lionel Messi with a chance to finish at off for Argentina, denied
by the excellent young Belgian goalkeeper. Here is Witsel,
Martens, in towards Lukaku. He stays up, bit salt with the shot! --
Martens, in towards Lukaku. He stays Witsel. That is the closest
Martens, in towards Lukaku. He stays have come in this game for
Martens, in towards Lukaku. He stays time. He had to give it a crack, and
that might just about be Belgian's lot.
Argentina are through and continue to sort of stagger through this
tournament, that is the best way to put it. So disappointing, like the
French against the Germans, the Argentinians got the lead and
French against the Germans, the held on and just did enough. Are
some teams lacking a bit of steam, getting tired? There is also a
little bit of fear in there, a mistake and you are out, whereas in
the group games, where everyone seemed to be attacking, you are
allowed a chance. Just one goal. I said before the game, when was
Higuain going to come to the party, but I will tell you what, this is a
brilliant finish. Watch Zabaleta and Hazard, Wendy Maria gets it, the run
of Zabaleta. -- when Di Maria. But the finish is absolutely
sensational. He hasn't got any time to think about it, he knows where
the goal is, instinctive, a brilliant finish, the goalkeeper has
got no chance. We have seen some great saves, a few wonderful goals.
Do we have a contender for as of the tournament, Rio? This is what sets
Messi apart as the best in the world. He sees a pass like Gerrard
or someone like that. The defender thinks he has
or someone like that. The defender getting it, he says, no, this ball
is on a bit of string. This touch, the skill, just beautiful. They have
five or six attempts to hack him down. Other players in this
situation, it goes blurry. For him it is crystal clear, he is seeing
everything crystal clear. They have one bite, another! Another bite,
three! An example of what you were saying earlier, it takes a lot to
get Messi down. It does, but he should score! He never misses these!
We were on about dinking. I cannot believe how many one on ones have
been missed at this World Cup. You would have scored it! It is easy
watching it. One of the features of the World Cup has been the quality
of the goalkeeping, we have seen more examples in this first half,
nothing short of sensational. He somehow turns it on to the post!
Dani Alves looking for Neymar, clawed away! That is a big save,
actually! A free header, a terrific save, acrobatics denied him!
He made the save to keep out Thomas Muller! Good save by Tim Howard!
Ronaldo, great save! Di Maria has gone for it! Splendid save!
him! -- Bravo. Neuer has come a long way, he gets it right every single
time! Brilliant save. Sanchez. Saved again
by Cesar! Well done the goalkeepers. Some sad news to report. Real Madrid
great is in a coma. Di Stefano had to be revived by paramedics after
falling ill whilst with his family. The Argentinan-born player scored in
each of Real Madrid's five successive European Cup wins between
1956 and 1960. What a great player he was too. There is plenty of sport
to look forward to tomorrow. We have live coverage of the British Grand
Prix on BBC Two from 12.00pm. Over on BBC One the build-up to the men's
final at Wimbledon. It gets underway at 1.00pm. Looking into the
second-half. I mean, it's, the first goal is always massively important
in these games, isn't it, obviously. If Costa Rica can hold it the Dutch
will get more nervous. The Dutch move it quicker. They had
opportunities in the first-half. They will get further opportunities.
It's very difficult to envisage Costa Rica having the same sort of
energy in the second-half as they have had in the first. What we have
seen, Alan, in most of this tournament, certainly the knockout
stages, however tight it has been the so-called "big team" the
favourites have found a way? Absolutely. Holland will be content
if Costa Rica keep coming at them. They can sit and have the passes.
They might say, OK, come and get your four or five men forward, move
the ball quicker and forward. Lift your head up, is your first thought,
get the ball into the final third. That is where they will get success.
Louis van Gaal made good substitutions in games before?
Exactly. If Huntelaar comes on, he is not going to need two chances. He
puts the ball in the back of the net. Costa Rica are are looking more
comfortable as the half went on in terms of getting into their shape
and containing Holland. I think the longer the game goes on, I think
they will be more content and looking to go to penalties. This
could get very exciting. Let us rejoin Danny Murphy and Guy Mowbray.
COMMENTATOR: Thank you very much, Gary. Just in the nick of time for
the start of the second-half. 10 of the dozen goals that the Dutch have
scored at this World Cup have come after the first 45 minutes is up.
Costa Rica know what is coming. They will have to weather a storm at some
stage. It's dangerous taking the lead against the Netherlands, they
keep coming from behind? I think Costa Rica would love that
opportunity to defend a lead. I sense it will get more and more
intense, the Dutch pressure. The legs will get tired with all that
defending. A hook towards van Persie. Robben's down. He was sent
down, the referee had to look a long way to see that, but
Robben attacking Junior Diaz. Three in fact
What do you think the key message would have been from Louis van Gaal
in particular? Play with more tempo. Try to make things happen quicker.
Get the ball down. Keep the pressure on. Don't give them the chance to
get back in shape. Doesn't seem to be a tactical change at the moment.
Both teams seemed to have be a tactical change at the moment.
the same way. Bolanos, gets there. Stefan de Vrij gets there at the
same time. I think there might come a point in the game, like Rio said
in the studio, a second striker to put Robben up there with van Persie.
Play two up high. Good weight on that ball away from Dirk Kuyt.
Cillessen ready for the cross. Ever ready goalkeeper, having not had a
lot to do. Talking of the other goalkeeper, as
we were at half-time, when Costa Rica first got to the World Cup in
the 1990 their procession was down that their keeper, who is now their
keeper/coach. They are keeping it in the football family. Passing on
experience as well, isn't it? Invaluable, players who have been
there. Dutch doing the same with Daley Blind. The second proved one
too many. Blind. Costa Rica's throw-in.
Campbell, nice bounce Forced to turn.
Stefan de Vrij 22, has already captained the nation aal team. Shows
how highly they must think of him to how highly they must think of him
captain your country at 22 years of age. The ball goes back to
Cillessen. I wonder how long Louis van Gaal
will leave it alone? He has hunt hundred on the bench who could
partner van Persie, scored the winning penalty so calmly against
Mexico. partner van Persie, scored the
winning penalty so calmly against He could tweak the formation with the
players he has on the pitch of course. I don't think it will be too
much longer. Knocked on by Robben, not to a
team-mate, it's straight out. A slow start to the second-half proceedings
in Salvador. I think that is a point that was made about so much at stake
now that it's one mistake and you are out. The games are getting a
little slower. A little bit more tetchy at times. Yeah, cautious. I
mean, the Dutch need to be... I think they have every intention to
try and go and win the game. Just to play with a bit more pace and
intensity to get the attacks moving a bit more quickly. Otherwise, it
gives Costa Rica players the chance to spoil. The chance to get back in.
Get the front-line of five we talked about. Very difficult to break down
a packed defence if you are playing slowly. Robben, Kuyt went forward
this time. Robben is taken out. He went a long way through the air, I
think with justification that time. Caught in between Umana and, who has
a yellow card, Michael Umana. Junior Diaz was on the other half of the
sandwich. Yeah, I think that's - thou shall not pass. I think he was
lucky there. Diaz was already on a yellow. It's Umana's first of the
tournament. If you hadn't been booked going into the quarter-final
you do essentially get one for free. Single yellow cards get wiped out
after this stage. You might might as well use it. There speaks a pro. If
you know it will be wiped, you are allowed a free one again, why not!
Robben to take the free-kick. The jostling is just inside the penalty
area. Robben, something different to
Sneijder. He didn't really have a sight. Bryan Ruiz was half in his
way. He still let fly with some conviction. A clever free-kick. I've
seen it used quite a lot. Tries to pull round. Bryan Ruiz, clever
player, has probably done that free-kick many times himself. Very
aware, very sharp. Good defensive play from Bryan. Some Fulham fans
will be saying - say that again! Yeah. Just kept in by Gamboa.
Campbell, uses his strength against Ron Vlaar, who will win in the end,
if it is about strength. Acosta. Slotted in nicely into the
gap left by the suspended Oscar Duarte. Offside, Campbell. Went too
early. The Dutch will need to start to press higher. Trying to win the
Bala bit higher up the pitch. They can't be - it's not a group
Bala bit higher up the pitch. They where you can be content with 0-0.
They have to take risks and push on soon and take a grasp of the game.
Do you think there is a sense at the moment, watching them, they know the
chance will come eventually? Maybe. That is a risk in itself. As we saw
in the first-half, it's one set play, clever set play to the back
post. One defensive lapse you can be out of the tournament. I'd like to
see them push up the pitch 20 yards everywhere and maybe press the Bala
bit higher. Go and try and win the game.
Forced to turn this way and that by Celso Borges.
Robben, off he goes. Managed to poke it through to van Persie. A really
good block tackle. It will be a Dutch corner. Gonzalez, again.
Navas, forced to go back towards his goal. It's blocked by, first of all,
Diaz, then headed away. Reasonably decriesively. Now it will be a Costa
Rica throw. They have defended another one. They have looked
comfortable defending set plays. Well-organised, good height.
Clean sheets against England. Dead rubber effectively, certainly was
against England. Against Italy in the Group stage. Only conceded one
against Uruguay and only conceded in the last seconds against Greece.
Defenders who play in Norway and Costa Rica.
They are not what you consider clubs from the top of
They are not what you consider clubs Certainly well-organised. Well
disciplined. Passionate. You can tell they have been trained really
well. Organised by the manager in that line of five or three.
So far, in the second-half, not really been troubled. Gonzalez. Nice
cushioned header from Blind to Jasper Cillessen.
Looking down for signs of the Netherlands bench. Nobody is
doing stretching or warming up for them. The Costa Rica substitutes
are. Up towards van Persie. Gonzalez. Good positioning once
more. Robben, with his head down. Lovely
jump and nice bit of control to keep the attack going. Dirk Kuyt is up
there. He was blocked bygone gone, who is having a (inaudible) Sneijder
sees the passes. He opens them up. The one who has the vision. As soon
as he gets his feet, Robben makes his runs. Van Persie makes his runs.
Nice ball through to Blind. He put the brakes on successfully. They did
just force Diaz into a panic, behind for the corner. He wasn't sure where
Robben was. Better to be safe than sorry. Enjoying this one.
athleticism from Robben. Supremely fit, Arjen Robben, he seems to
expend twice as much energy as anybody else in his style of play,
doing things in the fast forward. He has worked hard to keep his fitness,
doing things in the fast forward. He because of his injuries. He has
worked because of his injuries. He has
fitness guys. Costa Rica on the charge, Campbell goes down, referee
is not interested at all. Nobody could have had a better view than
him. Van Persie, that is a push into could have had a better view than
the back of Gonzalez, that is a sign of just how careful the Netherlands
have to be. That is what I was talking about earlier, it only takes
one breakaway, one bad refereeing decision and you are chasing
one breakaway, one bad refereeing game. He is a little bit
one breakaway, one bad refereeing little nudge, not an to send him
over in my opinion. No attempt to play the ball. No, I don't think it
was a penalty, though. A little spell for Costa Rica, that
will be a free kick, De Vrij slamming into a side. -- into his
side. Well, if it has been a little bit too pedestrian for your tastes
back home, think what a Costa Rica goal could do for it! Goodness me,
the game would have to come alive. The Dutch would have to be bold,
courageous, throw men forward. I do not think you are alone in this
stadium. Talking about set plays in the first half, this is definitely
an avenue they can have some joy with. Really inventive on the one
earlier. Bolanos has been the free kick
master so far, but it looks like he's going to be again, he ordered
Borges away. Campbell trying to take Blind out of it. Just a dummy run.
The signal has gone up from Bolanos, and he goes for gold. I had a little
feeling they were trying the double bluff there. He won't try it again.
feeling they were trying the double Yes, a little bit adventurous, to
say the least. At least he is looking and thinking, can I catch
them off-guard? That was a tad ambitious. Half expecting Gamboa to
come in from the side and hit it. ambitious. Half expecting Gamboa to
Sneijder deal Martins Indi. -- to. There is an gangster about the
Netherlands' play. It is just a There is an gangster about the
little bit slow, Guy, no urgency. I think they think they have so much
control that they don't really need to play with that tempo. Sneijder is
trying to hurry it up now. Van Persie is offside. It will not be a
corner, it will be a free kick for Costa Rica. 18 second-half minutes
played. Yes, not much change from the first half. He has gone early
again, you could argue Sneijder played it too late, but I think he
made his run to early. The obvious way to see a change in tempo, if
they go a goal down, you would see everyone pressing more and playing
much quicker. Or a substitution, you know, take some risks. Huntelaar has
been jogging ever so gently, he has just made his way down the tunnel, I
am sure just temporarily. A block, Martins Indi on Ruiz, Ruiz
is calling form or that the free kick he has been awarded, and he is
going to get his wish - it will be a yellow card for Bruno Martins Indi.
Yeah, the same as the Robben one earlier. He grabbed him around the
midriff, brought down. Another Bolanos ball into come for Costa
Rica. It looks like they will blink first in terms of substitutes.
Jorge Luis Pinto is going to make a change. The free kick comes in, and
Cillessen stays back, and it is over the top. That is what I'm about,
Guy, that is exactly the type of thing that Holland have to be
careful of. Good defending from Vlaar. Yeah, really good, did not
give Gonzalez enough space to have a free header, but he was the target.
Costa Rica bringing a strike on, Marko -- Marco Urena, as soon as the
opportunity arises. The referee has not swivelled his head to see him,
but he has just got the message via the wonders of technology, a
straight swap, Campbell off, Urena one. He came on to score against
Uruguay in their opening 3-1 win. I am a little bit surprised, he looks
a little bit lately, but he has got the capability on a breakaway to
beat people and score a goal. The does not look a happy boy. No.
He scored at the World Cup having not scored a league goal for
Krasnodar in three league seasons, although he has not started the last
two. He has not scored a goal in the last
three seasons? He has not started a league game in the last two seasons,
but he is still there. Somewhat confusing, why he is in the national
squad if he is not playing. He is on the ball now. Good ball too from
Urena, just a little bit too hard to be controlled by Borges, but he has
started brightly, full of energy. Just a little too deep by Gamboa. He
had the room, he had it all laid out in front of him. Yes, good effort
from Gamboa, getting forward into areas, the attacking third. He just
overhit it a little bit. The first time they got a few men in the box
in a little while. Blasted up by Diaz. Easy for Cillessen. And we
have just over a quarter of the game to go. Unless, of course, we don't
see a goal, and then we have got plenty more to go!
Great tracking from Tejeda, he got there in the nick of time to help
out his defenders. It is a there in the nick of time to help
move. Robben coming in on the left foot we have seen so many times, a
little give and go, what you want from your midfielder, get back in,
spot the danger. Offside, Van Persie. We have said
that quite a few times. Yeah, he always plays on the shoulder, Robin
van Persie, but normally you don't see him get caught, but he has
tonight. It remains Netherlands 0, Costa Rica 0. A team playing in its
tenth World Cup, three times runners-up, always the bridesmaids,
the Dutch. The Costa Rica team are playing just their fourth Cup, this
is only the second time they have got out of the group, and did this
is already the furthest they have got.
Gamboa has gone down, and I think it was the way he landed. He jumped
with Daley Blind. No blame attached to him. Gamboa attacked it, and as
soon as he hits the deck, he crumbled. You looks as though he is
in pain. It would be a huge blow for them, he is a great outlet
down the side, Gamboa. It looks it could be his Achilles.
down the side, Gamboa. It looks jarred badly. Yeah. Words between
Cillessen and Urena, and not particularly friendly ones.
I hope we can see Gamboa comeback on. -- come back on. He
knee injury, but I think it is a bit lower down. I think so, he might
just need a minute or two to get himself together. Van Gaal
unruffled, the expression rarely changes. You looks remarkably calm
and cool, actually. -- he looks. would expect some type of change
from him shortly, whether personnel or tactical. It seems as if he is
challenging himself, how long he dare wait! Yeah, maybe! Martins
Indi. Gamboa is
just trotting up and down the touchline, as Vlaar plays it all the
way out to Dirk Kuyt. touchline, as Vlaar plays it all the
frustrated, that is out for a Costa Rica throw, and here comes Cristian
Gamboa. It was just a jar, temporary pain. Yeah, let's hope so, good to
see him back. They still have good substitutions, thankfully, if they
do need them, but he has definitely been one of their brighter players
this evening. A lovely touch from Urena, and
Bolanos is onto this! De Vrij made sure it did not reach
Urena, or Borges, who had made a run from midfield. Tejeda is moving
forward, so Costa Rica must be in a good place. He missed his chance of
a shot, I thought the chip might be on the bend in the far corner.
Martins Indi, shoulder to shoulder with Bryan Ruiz, Cillessen get it
out to Daley Blind. Just got behind that Dutch backline for one of the
first times in the half, I thought he could have taken it on, tried
something a bit more inventive. You can feel the nerves creeping
into the game more and more now from both teams.
18 minutes of the 90 two go, and we are moving towards one mistake and
you are done territory. It is a difficult place as a player, that,
you are done territory. It is a especially the back lads. You don't
want to be the one to make the mistake, lose your man, give the
ball away. for the little deflection up off
Gonzalez. Who is defending well. Robben, doesn't mind going backwards
to come forwards. Cool tackle by Gamboa, not so sure about his second
attempt to keep it in. Looks all right. Helped out by Acosta. Ruiz,
dangerous play, boots raised high by Gamboa. He has come back on with
something extra in his step, a little bit too much fire. That was a
bit rash. Dangerous play. Sneijder with the Netherland's free-kick.
Spice into the game now. There is a feeling it has intensified.
Sneijder, in. What a free-kick. The header is over. Couldn't have
delivered it any better. No. Terrific pace. Vlaar just gets under
it. Needed a lesser of a touch, a bit more of a glance. Can see a
Netherland's change imminent. Jeremain Lens is going to come on. A
striking option. It has not been rip roaring, but it
's a game that has something about it. You have to admire what Costa
Rica have done. Defended well, played to their strength. Tried to
counter-attack the Dutch when they can. It's up to the Dutch to break
them down and show their quality. Which, as of now, they haven't done.
Depay looks shattered. On his place comes Lens. Yeah. He's not been
great. Looks like, like-for-like, in terms of position. Van Persie finds
Blind. Lens first run. Can't quite get the
legs moving freely just yet. That is Tejeda. I noticed a few
moments ago they had number 22 ready. He has come on three times.
He sat back down and put a bib over his shirt. Robben runs into Diaz.
Netherlands get the throw-in. This is where it's a bit slow. Too many
touches. Lethargic with the passing. Robben breezes past the first
obstacle in his way. He wins the Netherlands a corner much they will
make a change. It's Gamboa, will it? Yeah. He has not run off the knock
he got. It will be a straight swap. Myrie is coming on. Keep giving the
ball to Robben. Let him be the one who beats people, injects that pace
into the Gamboa looks game. Broken, mentally and physically here. This
is the - he kind of jarred it. He Scotland Yard something, like a
straight leg. Straight leg and the heel went into the ground. So it
could be numerous things. He has certainly tried his best to give it
a go, didn't he? He's played well. He had a good tournament. I wonder
how ready Myrie will be. He was called up late into the squad
following an injury. This will be his competitive debut. Played a
dozen times, but only in friendly internationals. What a game to come
into, World Cup quarter-final, minutes remaining. There can't be
many players who made their competitive debut in a World Cup
quarter-final. A player who was sent off twice in the first three amongst
of the Costa Rican season gone. I didn't find that one myself. In from
Robben. Headed away by Diaz. Robben, surely the Netherlands need
him on the ball more Robben, surely the Netherlands need
they are going to win through to a semi-final against Argentina. For
sure. Diaz not deceived by the dummy cross. Made a bit of room now.
Offside flag is up against Lens. A good save by Navas anyway. Yeah. He
wasn't to know. Stepped up quite well, the backline. It's really
close. Probably just about the right decision. That man, Navas, again.
It's like watching a decision. That man, Navas, again.
him in goal. Everything off him, decision. That man, Navas, again.
is stuff of fairytales. He has not had much to do this
is stuff of fairytales. He has not going to say that. Tim Howard did
the going to say that. Tim Howard did
he had to do he did, remarkable performance. One of
he had to do he did, remarkable second-half he hasn't been
he had to do he did, remarkable busy, credit to the Costa Rica team.
We thought they might tire. At the moment, they look OK.
Up towards Bryan Ruiz. The ball won't break for Urena. Lovely lay
off to Lens. Sneijder has made a run here. Robben, down. Free-kick.
Yellow card. Right on the limits of the penalty area. It was almost on
the line. the penalty area. It was almost on
didn't he? Good feet from Robben. A bit of a tired lunge from Gonzalez.
Free-kick, yellow card. Right decision. If Costa Rica do defy the
odds, and reach the semi-final, he won't be playing in it. The
odds, and reach the semi-final, he blessing is that they've already got
their main centre-half suspended, who would be back. Duarte comes back
in. Acosta thinks, who would be back. Duarte comes back
incentive to win now, he stays in. He's done well. There is a long way
to go for Costa Rica here. Wesley Sneijder with the Netherlands'
free-kick.ment they have built a wall of four. He is peering around
the corner of it. He tested him earlier, didn't he? Tried to give
him the eyes. He has gone into crouch just behind that wall. Ready
to spring. Really difficult for Sneijder. The runners are ready in
orange too. Sneijder goes force goal! Off the post! Navas well
beaten that time. What a free-kick! Sneijder might get on to that.
Acosta in his way. Looking for Bolanos. Good strong
stuff. We are set for a Grandstand finish here. Arjen Robben, taking
three defenders with him. Stopped by Diaz. Look how quickly he is on the
ball again. Shirt being tugged by Bolanos. This is the free-kick. Goes
over the wall. Brilliant technique. Give Navas credit he was almost
there. If it was on target he might have got a hand on it. Very little
battle from those two on set plays this evening. Riding their luck now
the Costa Rica team. Arjen Robben, with the latest chance to deliver
something pretty special. Van Persie wanted it played in quickly. Managed
to free himself of any markers there. Over him this time. Off the
head of Gonzalez. Navas didn't get cleanly to it. Van Persie. Lovely
turn. Navas blocks. Kuyt is prevented. Costa Rica, clear. Can't
keep it in. That man, Navas again. I feel like we are repeating ourselves
a bit. Which Navas did you expect to star in the World Cup. Keylor is
brilliant. Great skill from van Persie.
This is a Netherlands side that was one done to Mexico last Sunday and
scored in the 88th minute before Robben won his penalty. Huntelaar
converted. 90 plus 4 the official timing. Fourth minute of
injury-time. Now, van Persie. He managed to pull it down. He couldn't
quite get the ball set in front of him. The pressure is building. This
is the chance from earlier, van Persie's right-foot. Gets down well
to his right hand side. Cleared the danger. The free-kick from Sneijder,
wonderful effort. Navas knew he had to get that pace to make sure he
couldn't get across. The pace was everything. That is the only way you
could have beaten him from there. The wall could have done more
actually, and jumped, technically a free-kick. Neuer might be running
Navas pretty close. I was going to say. Tejeda, couldn't take it and
run. Myrie, finds Ruiz, good tackle that from Robben. Snuffed out the
threat, straightaway. Yeah, well played Robben. Busy off and on the
ball. Working back for his team. Showing intent, desire. Four minutes
of the 90 to go. Myrie got the call from Acosta to leave it to him. Lens
was offside anyway. You might have been sitting back for most of it, it
might be edge of the seat time for the rest. I'm surprised there has
not been a change in formation from the Dutch. Even though they are
controlling the game, in terms of possession, they are not really
making lots of chances and opening them up. They are more half chances.
We've seen, in previouses games, Louis van Gaal, make changes that
have affected the game. There is a lack of urgency, there really is. It
doesn't feel like the quarter-final of a World Cup. Is at stake. A
semi-final is at stake. Lens. Holds up Acosta. Takes on Gonzalez. He has
had a super match. You took the words out of my mouth. He has been
the pick of the defenders. Been everywhere. Giancarlo Gonzalez of
Columbus Crew. He has two bookings now.
It is not often that the orange army of Dutch supporters are outsung. Van
Persie has misted! Surely he just had to make contact! They don't not
know what has happened. I cannot believe he has missed it. I thought
it might be a penalty, but I think he has just missed. What a ball from
Sneijder. For a man of his quality, it is a huge mess. Robin van Persie
with a goal on a plate. I think the defender just put off little bit. --
put him off a little bit. But that is as good a chance as we have seen
tonight, and if you wanted it to fall to one man, it would be him.
tonight, and if you wanted it to Less than 90 seconds of the 90
minutes to go, and then whatever is added on. Offside, Lens. The
Netherlands have failed to win any of their four World Cup matches that
have gone into extra time. Well... It could change!
Snide again, he has been the one this half. -- Sneijder. Bolanos
still battling away. Van Persie beaten to the ball by the
interesting. Van Persie beaten to the ball by the
-- Acosta. He had to do better there Van Persie beaten to the ball by the
for his team, take it Van Persie beaten to the ball by the
a throw in. Four minutes, it will be a long four minutes for
Robben has got the momentum for a run at Diaz, and Diaz has brought
him down. Diaz is in the book. He is surely going here. The referee has
just looked down to check the number. He is letting off. I think
he is, you know. Well, that is incredible. I think if he was going
he is, you know. Well, that is by the letter of the law, it
he is, you know. Well, that is yellow card, but
he is, you know. Well, that is malicious. I do not like to see
players get yellows for that, really. We can't afford to even
slightly missed time that. No, I know. He is lucky, for sure he is
lucky. What he has done is give away a free kick to the Netherlands, and
Van Persie. Well, he couldn't score could run out.
Van Persie. Well, he couldn't score from two yards out, how about from
the angle of from two yards out, how about from
we have seen from Navas, he will have to hit a worldie. We have seen
him score them from there before. We have. Robin van
him score them from there before. We ready. Iodine, straight at the
gloves of Navas. -- fired in. Lovely ball in! Missed by everybody!
Incredible scramble! De Vrij has run
again, isn't it? How on earth did that not going in -- not go in?!
again, isn't it? How on earth did Tejeda on the post! Sometimes you
start getting a feeling. Could it be Navas' night?
start getting a feeling. Could it be way to go, if it goes to extra time,
but... He needs to blink that out. That came off one defender, then
onto the defender on the line, who mis-kicked it onto the bar, and
Robin van Persie must be thinking, what does he have to do?
Robin van Persie must be thinking, minutes of injury time played, the
board said four. Up towards Van Persie again,
Gonzalez' header straight to Robben. He finds his balance and finds
Sneijder. Sneijder is looking for Kuyt. Bolanos dropped back in.
Kuyt, a measured ball. Gonzalez is there every time. He has been a
rock. He has got to keep the ball better, come back, get some passes
in! The flag is up against Arjen Robben, and I think time might be up
for the Netherlands. They will be forced into extra time here. And we
still don't know whether or not they will be forced out of the World Cup.
Robben actually was not offside, comfortably on. I think he has to do
more for his team, get hold of the ball. Well, in the stadium where the
Netherlands began their campaign with a 5-1 win over defending world
champions Wayne, they have been held to a goalless draw against Costa
Rica. -- Spain. We are going to extra time. 0-0 in Salvador.
Extra time it is, and somehow Costa Rica holding onto the end of there,
it just shows you, if you wait long enough, you get excitement in the
end, especially at the World Cup. Knockout, extra time, the
possibility of penalties, stick with us, it could get really exciting in
extra time, as we have seen in so many times at this tournament. It
seemed to open up at the end. many times at this tournament. It
Absolutely, the first was a bit poor, the second half was a
nonevent, then it came to light. The biggest scramble you have ever seen
at the end, Sneijder had a great shot, a great ball in to Van Persie,
and the Dutch had four great chances but failed to convert. The Dutch
work very poor for much of that second half, and as soon as they
picked their heads up and moved the ball a lot quicker, that is when
they started causing problems. When Sneijder was able to pick his head
up, their first thought was passing it forward. That is when they had
their chances. This was close! I just cannot believe that ability.
The keeper was not getting that! I think Navas has been
unbelievable, the goalkeepers have had a great tournament. Navas is in
the way again. I think Gonzalez, the centre half for Costa Rica, deserves
a special mention, he has been fantastic. A great ball, how does he
miss this?! I think he goes with the wrong foot, his balance is wrong. He
hits it with his left. It is not like his left foot is poor.
hits it with his left. It is not exactly! In the last five minutes,
he should have had a hat-trick, Van Persie. This is the scramble, one,
two, three, four, one of the great clearances off the bar! Absolutely
amazing. Your former team-mate has probably not enjoyed that very
much. Chances are coming, he will be thinking, I am getting chances, I am
happy with that. As a forward, as long as you are getting the chances,
fine. Sneijder has been the best player, brilliant. What we have seen
in some of these games in the two and is that sometimes the smaller
nations have hung on and hang on, and then it is almost like, we have
done it, then they have conceded goals pretty quickly in extra time.
We may see the same again, we may not. The team that are expected to
win have realised, coming to 85 minutes, one mistake and they are
out. So you have to go for it, by gambling a little bit. Gary is right
in what he is saying, there is always an exception to that rule. In
this game, we talked about the energy levels of Costa Rica and said
that they could not keep going in the second half as well as they did
in the first half, but they did. They kept on going and going, Rio,
didn't they? Costa Rica look out on their feet, towards the end of that
half they were camped in their box. This is the problem that you have
got with Holland, though, passing it slow, coming into the last 15
minutes or so, I am saying one mistake, and that could just be the
mistake, a little nudge. I have just seen a Dutch goalkeeper, first-time
for about an and 20 minutes! Look, what a resilient bunch this art.
Great spirit. Their determination not to be beaten. I think it has
been said, they have got a great attitude, they have got a work
ethic, they are all prepared to put a shift in. If you do that, you have
got a chance. They are organised, drilled, they have got great
communication, a never say die attitude. Rio, the Dutch are walking
around, looking refreshed, Van Gaal saying, get up, the Costa Rica
players are lying on their backs. Sometimes that comes from the
managers, get out early, show that you are ready, wait for them on the
pitch, they will see you waiting. It might also be that once you have
been working hard, the other team have not, the energy levels of Costa
Rica... At this stage, we have seen it in the games before, experience
tells, and the Dutch experience, they are composed. They have got to
do what they did in the last ten minutes, keep the pressure on,
forced the play, move the ball quicker, make the forward pass,
rather than backwards. When they did that, they caused problems. I think
the Costa Ricans will hope for penalties now. As they showed in the
last round, they are not bad at those, and the Dutch have not got a
great track record. And they have also got a great keeper, the Costa
Ricans! They are changing ends for another 30 minutes. It is all Danny
Murphy's and Guy Mowbray's. Thank you, Gary. Costa Rica is one
of the few sovereign nations in the world without an army. They have got
some fighters. Proving themselves every step of the way in this World
Cup. How fit is Bryan Ruiz, Danny? Can he run all night? Nope! Do you
know what? We need to praise them for getting to this point, because
I, like many others, did not think they would get anywhere near the
Dutch tonight. The Dutch have disappointed, they have not played
with great urgency, but that backline, they have defended like
heroes, honestly. Gonzalez especially, as Rio said in the
studio, has been absolutely immense. Can they hold out for another half
an hour? Stefan de Vrij on the ball for the Netherlands, no changes in
terms of the players at there for now. Costa Rica have one
substitution left, Louis van Gaal has two available, one of them being
Huntelaar. I think we has two available, one of them being
Argentina players will be supporting now. They are waving Costa Rican
flags right now. Robben De mise is way out of it,
which side of the flag has that gone? -- dummies.
which side of the flag has that Messi waving his little flag around,
can you?! If they have travelled Robben hadn't
correctly. It Robben hadn't
Persie running together. A clever Both onside. I think they are.
Sometimes when you are so quick and get ahead of play so quickly, you
look like you're offside and you're not. Victim of his own pace, if you
like. Something I never suffered from, I can assure you of that! From
Kurdistan the assistant referee on that far side. He has had a busy
night. Lens finds van Persie, he takes that
nicely. One thing about Robin van Persie, he won't let the sitter
affect him. The next one he will back. Timed to win the ball away.
Here is Robben. Kuyt outside, and needed. Kuyt can't go any further
though. It's a corner. Much of the same from the Dutch,
pressure. Ball out to Robben. Causing problems.
Kuyt on the move. Ron Vlaar's header. Navas across - you wouldn't
expect anything else! No. I was calmly awaiting his save. A great
header. Again, no men on the post. Something that has
header. Again, no men on the post. in this tournament. Navas
Sneijder in time. Navas. He has made a mistake now. Nowhere near that. He
was allowed one at some point, wasn't he? Shouldn't be coming
outside his six-yard. Absolutely no-man's land. Gets lucky. This is
the Vlaar header. Does well. Pushes it away from danger. Laid flat on
his back at the moment, as we look at his flying save from Vlaar again.
He has actually missed a couple of training session this is week with a
shoulder problem, Keylor Navas. It's his knee this time. That wouldn't be
the change that Costa Rica want to make before the end. No. Goodness
me. He looks calm enough does Jorge Luis Pinto. Calmish. It's reasonably
genuine. He does look in trouble, doesn't he? The old magic spray. How
fast will Patrick Pemberton's heart be beating now? Oh... It's strange
sometimes the substitute, I have done it in big games myself you
desperately want to get on, when your time goes - yeah, he falls on
it awkwardly, doesn't he? Sometimes, as a substitute, you get that
nervous feeling, adrenaline pumping through your body as you are about
to come on. He won't want to come on in a situation like this. I'm sure
they will be good friends. He will want Navas to stay. In he has played
to brilliantly. Thankfully they are up on his feet. They have number 22
waiting to come on. Sit down, Patrick, not yet. Corner in and
headed firmly away towards Blind. Robben. Kuyt. Robben. Never going to
get there. They are going to gamble. They obviously have the OK from the
fizz owe that Navas will be all right. I think Bryan Ruiz might be
taking issue with the change. He has just had words with the bench. He
won't be the player to come off. It will be Tejeda. Cubero on in his
place. Maybe Tejeda just can't run much further. He has done nearly
12.5 kilometers. That is a huge amount. The team average less than
10. He has done 12.4. Put a real shift in for his team. Very pleased
with his performance. He hasn't stopped from minute one. Of course,
the central midfield areas you do cover the most ground. I mean I'm
going to stay that. It's statistically proven.
going to stay that. It's Pemberton has sat down with the most
going to stay that. It's dejected look on his face. I thought
he would have been happy. Not in the fact that he is not coming on, but
the fact his friend is OK. This might be his one and only chance of
playing in a World Cup game gone. might be his one and only chance of
Thrown in by Myrie. Down. What does the referee do? Nothing, he points
for a goal kick. Costa Rica protest. Most throngly from the touchline,
rather than the field. Vlaar is having words. I tell you what. It's
a penalty. I think he has clipped his left leg. He does go down
a penalty. I think he has clipped looking for it. I've seen them given
in this World Cup. Definitely left leg on left leg connection. Hinge
was looking, but he might have found it. -- I think he was looking, but
he might have found
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