Netherlands v Costa Rica Match of the Day Live


Netherlands v Costa Rica

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

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on the big stage. Higuain, that really matter. Knock outgames

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on the big stage. 1-0, Argentina. Oh, the header just wide of the

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goal! Argentina are heading to Sao Paulo.

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Good evening. Argentina join Brazil and Germany in the last-four. All

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eyes are now on Salvador to see if Holland can plot a course to join

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them. I want to tell you of a legend. A

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legend that grows every four years. It's the story of the Flying

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Dutchman. It is also the story of a curse of restlessness and failure.

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The story is my story. For I'm one of the Flying Dutchmen. We've been

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doomed to spend eternity on a series of four year quests. A fruitless

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search for the golden treasure. We always get close, so very, very

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close. But I tell you, we remain united with belief we can lift this

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curse. We will find what we're looking for and we'll finally return

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home as heroes. I see a new foe standing in our way. A land

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undiscovered, full of volcano and forest. A land of

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undiscovered, full of volcano and forest. A land danger filled with

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the proud people. COMMENTATOR: It's in. They want the

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golden treasure and they too want to return home as victors. Costa Rica,

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quarter-final. They want to keep us cursed. Van Persie, what a fantastic

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goal! Will the curse be broken or will we be fated on this eternal

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quest. The I'm one of the Flying Dutchmen. This is my time. That

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wasn't Stephen McLaren with the voice over. The Dutch are the nearly

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men of the World Cup. Losing finalists on three occasions. Here

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in Brazil, Louis van Gaal's side have been impressive on their way to

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the quarter-final, winning all four games and coming from behind in

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three of them. Costa Rica were expected to struggle in the Group

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stage but took seven points from Uruguay, Italy and England to finish

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top of Group D before seeing off Greece in penalties. Los Ticos could

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be the first team from Concacaf to reach a World Cup With us

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semi-final. We have Alan Hansen, Alan Shearer and Rio Ferdinand. We

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should reflect on the big story from last night, Neymar. He is out of the

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World Cup. He suffered a fracture to his third vertebrae two minutes from

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time after Juan Zuniga controversially kneed him in the

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back as he tried to shield the ball. Neymar, Brazil's top-scorer, with

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four goals, was clearly in pain as he left the field on a stretcher. A

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statement from the Brazil football confederation later revealed that

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although he does not need surgery, a recovery period of at least four

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weeks is required. Which of course rules him out of the rest of the

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tournament. Sad news. A loss to the tournament? It's bad for the

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tournament. Terrible for Brazil and devastating for the boy himself.

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It's funny, the last thing in that first-half I thought it was the best

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team Brazil played. Passing quicker, moving, incisive. Everything was

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coming through them. For the first time I thought they would win the

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tournament. Silva gets booked. He misses the next match. The two

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minutes from the end. I think he is unlucky. 99 times out of 100 this

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tackle comes in. The guy receiving the knee in the back gets up and

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walks away. Unfortunately for may marr. Bad challenge or one of those

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things One of those things. There were a few bad challenges in the

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game which I thought the referee could have stamped out early on. I

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don't think there was any intent. It happens in the game. It's a disaster

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for Brazil. He is the one guy that can produce the magic to win them

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the game. The game was physical or filthy? A bit of both. Fernandinho

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was lucky not to get booked. Hopefully we won't see that in the

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next game. They have Germany which look the most drilled team and ready

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to win this championship for me. We have one player left at the start of

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the mural on this show. That is Messi. We draw it or something,

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dole! Time to focus on tonight's game between the Netherlands and

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Costa Rica. Kickoff in Salvador is just over 20 minutes away. As you

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can imagine, there will be plenty of orange on display in the Arena Fonte

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Nova. They are sampling the atmosphere in the stadium is Danny

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Murphy and Jason Mohammed. This is where the Netherlands World Cup

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began. JASON MOHAMMAD: Good Friday Agreement says he is not taking

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Costa Rica likely, what is your thought on a Costa Rica upset? DANNY

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MURPHY: He has to say that. They will be well-organised. They will

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play defensively and hit them on the counter. I imagine the Dutch will

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have too much of them. I can't see them limiting them to enough

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chances. I think Holland will dominate possession. Costa Rica will

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rely on the break away and the skill of Campbell and Ruiz. They are

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worried about Arjen Robben's diving. He asked the officials and FIFA to

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clampdown, what do you think? I hammered him a little bit. I would

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like to say he is a wonderful player, everyone enjoys watching

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him. Give him credit for that. It's not the first time with him, I think

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he has let himself down. He is not the only one. It needs to be

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addressed. Especially in World Cups. It seems more prevalent now

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especially rather than the Premier League. It is not something he needs

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to do. His talent gets him through anyway. I'm disappointed in him. I

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think the manager has every right to ask the referee to keep an eye out

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for it. Bryan Ruiz you know very well. If Costa Rica are to win

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today, he has to have a big game? He will not dictate play for long

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periods. He has magic moments in him. He can score wonder goals. He

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can see a pass. Great feet and skill around the box. He is capable of

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having a brilliant moment. Sometimes he looks for 20 minutes he is not

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involved in the game he can then put one in the corner, a Chippendale or

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a pass. Joel Campbell has worked hard. Either one of those two is the

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only real hope for Costa Rica today. Thank you very much. We were at the

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Costa Rica hotel last night after training. They looked relaxed and

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they say they don't fear the Netherlands. You have the

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top-scorers in the tournament alongside Columbia against a team

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who came here with low expectationses. A David and Goliath.

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If you look at Costa Rica they were great against Uruguay, terrific

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against Italy, not so good against England. With the Greeks they

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struggled for long periods. The way they played against the Italians you

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would have thought the pace and ability and technical of Wesley

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Sneijder and van Persie and Robben would be too much of them. This guy

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has done well as well. He is single minded.

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has done well as well. He is single for him. Rio, you have to fancy the

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Dutch in this game. The last-16 for him. Rio, you have to fancy the

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in the quarter-finals every single for him. Rio, you have to fancy the

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favourite went through? No-one expected anything from them.

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favourite went through? No-one game against Spain they smashed

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Spain out of the park. They have grown from there. I think, seeing...

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Spain out of the park. They have Even around Rio, I have seen them in

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the bars relaxing. The manager has given them that responsibility - The

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bars! The bars oochlt I walked in, saying, what is going on? They say

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said they had a curfew and the manager believes in them and trusts

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us. I have been impressed with them, five at the back, three at the back

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or four. He changed systems to suit whatever teams they are

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or four. He changed systems to suit against. It worked against Spain.

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When they are chasing a goal in the round of 16 game he took van Persie

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off, he put Huntelaar on. Creates one, scores the penalty. Big

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decisions are working for him. You can be complacent. Sometimes you sit

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in the dressing room and think it's anywhere over. Complacency is the

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enemy of success. The manager is very single minded. He will be

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saying the right things in the dressing room. That is ultra

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important. Let us look at the Dutch starting line-up. Here it is.

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Jasper Cillessen is in goal. He has tasted defeat only once in 12

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appearances. Indi is recalled in one of two changes made by Louis van

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Gaal. The other being Memphis Depay, who starts on the left. Daley Blind

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has been given the responsibility of replacing Nigelle de Jong. Wesley

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Sneijder has scored five goals in his last five World Cup knock

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outmatches. Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben scored six goals in the

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opening two games between them, but have not scored since. No doubting

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the star man of the Netherlands, Arjen Robben has been electrifying

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and at times almost unplayable. Despite his sensational form he

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continues to divide opinion, Dan Walker reports. He admitted he will

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take a dive if he believes it's necessary. He is trying to con

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people. The man's ability is never questioned. His actions often are.

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Yet another inspired performance was overshadowed by both the dive he

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admitted to and the controversy surrounding that game changing

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spot-kick. The talent, undeniable. But the dark side can't be ignored.

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There was one foul, in the first-half, in the last moment I

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think he took his leg away. I went to the ground without any touch. So

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it was a stupid action from me. It had nothing to do with the penalty

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kick. That is football. That has had nothing to do with any result of the

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game. Sometimes you get it because he gets moments that it would be a

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penalty. I think the first moment against Mexico was a penalty. He

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didn't get it. He was trying to look for it. Of course, if he plays

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against you, that is not nice. Yeah, what can you say? If it was against

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us, for Germany, we would hate him! Glory in Brazil could change things

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for the Flying Dumpman. COMMENTATOR: This is the chance.

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Arjen Robben is in. Arjen Robben has been denied. Robben has eaten you up

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the ground. He kept his feet. It looked like he caught Robben. He

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could fall down. He didn't do it. He wanted to be the hero. He learnt

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from these moments. I think he is more decisive in this way. More

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mature. Louis van Gaal's tactics aren't the footballing fee lossty of

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the '70s, Robben has the potential to join their long list of legends.

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I think he is world-class at the moment. I think he makes the

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difference for this Dutch He is team. Fast. He can score. He can

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create chances for our team, for other players, o for himself. Not

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only his pace, but how he uses it. He goes for you. Have you to make a

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choice as a defender. That is I think his strength. What of the man

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himself? He is here to win. You don't come to World Cup to enjoy the

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weather and enjoy the beach. In Rio you come here to win matches and we

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are in the last-eight. Nobody would have expected that from us. We will

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try everything to reach the semi-finals now. We will focus on

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him as a footballer. One hell of a player? One hell of a player. I

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think since we saw him in the Premier League he has gained a yard

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of pace from somewhere. When he's running at you, running at the

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defence, it must be and is pretty pretty scary for them. Watch this

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run. He sucks the defender in. Goes short to go long. Fantastic run.

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Great ball. Very, very good touch. He's away. It's a very good finish.

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Pace here, he is running against Ramos. He gives him five or six

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yards there. He is no slouch. The way he gets away from him. He stays

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up. Keeps his balance, keeps concentrated. Again, wonderful

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finish. He could go down here. The the reason he doesn't is because he

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has a sniff of goal. Space in front of him and he knows if he stays up

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he can get away and a pop at goal. He did. He did it well. The same

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thing here. Three or four defenders there he goes down. Gets a

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free-kick. One or one or two on two he has a chance ever scoring. A

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chance of getting something away at goal. Assists. This is for Depay.

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The way he gets at the defence, uses his pace. That is all the positive

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side of things. most difficult players to play

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against. When he gets the ball, his first thought is, can I heard you?

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He wants to run at you and cause problems. He reacts off you, he will

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dribble at pace, and when you make a decision to tackle him, he shifts

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the ball. How do you defend against him? Smashing, get in early, try to

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not let him turn. You have got to get someone right behind him. The

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extra thing he has got is the pace and trickery. When he is running at

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you with the ball, it is tight to his feet. He is never going to have

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a bad touch, so you will have to try and maybe nudge it to make him have

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a bad touch. What about the diving? We heard Ruud Gullit sake, if it

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were Germany, we would hate him! When he is in trouble, he is more

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liable to go down. If he has got a chance to score... This is against

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Chile, he is in trouble, he is down. It is the actor allows well. This is

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against Mexico. -- theatrical as well. The other side of the coin, if

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you are a defender and you put your leg out like that, you are asking

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for trouble. It is the elaborate nature of it. What happens next is a

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joke, by the way. This is what I am talking about, when you have got a

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chance to score, he is not going down. He has every chance but no,

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again, the lake comes dangling. He is entitled to go over there, but he

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takes it on. He wants the defender to commit and make a lunch at him,

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that is when he reacts. It will cost him in a game, because he will get

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brought down in the penalty area and he will not get it given because of

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his reputation. One guy who does not go down is Messi. Costa Rica were

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50-1 to win their group at the start, but they have gone further in

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this competition than at any time in history, so why stop? Jason Mohammad

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has been talking to their assistant coach.

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Football is a universal language, but at the start of Brazil 2014,

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nobody thought we would still be talking Costa Rica.

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I think the players, the country went up, you know, to play against

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Balotelli, Pirlo, to win the game, that is something special for us.

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Three former world champions, we play against them. The most

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difficult test you can imagine, we passed that. I don't believe it,

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Uruguay 1, Costa Rica 3! We have players who get together,

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and they want to win as a team. That is our strength. Players like

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Campbell, Ruiz, they are not the biggest superstars, but they have a

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nice connection on the field. Small country, big dreams.

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Unbelievable but, they have done it again! We knew that it wasn't going

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well, but down in our Hearts we again! We knew that it wasn't going

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we were going through that. We played against Greece without

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we were going through that. We man, extra time, we go to the

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penalties. Anything could happen. Michael Umana can win this for Costa

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Rica. Costa Rica, quarterfinal! Making history. The second stage,

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anything can happen now. Holland, they are the favourites, but we can

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do something. At the end, if we win, nice. If not, nice. It will be

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something we will remember. You are living the dream. The World Cup is

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about life, you need to receive what life will give to you, and right now

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they are giving us too much. This is how they line up.

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Keylor Navas is a strong contender for the Golden Globes. Five at the

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back for Los Ticos. Johnny Acosta comes in for the suspended Duarte.

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Celso Borges has been impressive in midfield, Brian Ruiz is the top

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scorer with two of their five goals. 22-year-old Joel Campbell will play

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up front, his only tournament goal came against Uruguay. Rio, you have

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picked out Bryan Ruiz, as Danny Murphy said earlier, he has magical

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moments. He reminds me of a former team mate of mine, Berbatov, he has

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a lazy kind of style, but moments like that, he goes past people. They

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play together at full. Yes, they do. See that? A fantastic footballer, he

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has a picture in his mind, he sees things and does the unexpected.

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Here, a great header in the end, and he looks a different player in a

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Costa Rica shirt, the responsibility of being captain, demand that the

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team look to for inspiration. He grows in the Costa Rican shirt. It

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was not the same at Fulham, it did not work out for him. But he guided

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in here, you can see the look on the defender's face, how did he see

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that? I really like watching him in a Costa Rican shirt. They are one of

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the teams that has played a high line in the tournament. They played

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a high line against the Italians, and against the Greeks they defended

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deeper. If they play the high line in this match, they will be

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pulverised. Because if you have got Schneider, Robben and a Van Persie

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against you, you are in a bit of trouble. Do we expect a Dutch

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victory? It won't be easy for them, but they have only conceded two

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goals. It is the Netherlands versus Costa Rica for a place in the World

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Cup semifinal against Argentina, your commentators in Salvador, Danny

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Murphy and Guy Mowbray. Thank you, Gary. Good evening from

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Salvador, the city of goals. There have been 24 in the five games

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played here so far. The tone was set by the Netherlands on just the

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second day of the World Cup three weeks ago yesterday. This is where

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it started for them, with a 5-1 thrashing of defending world

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champions Spain, featuring that header from Robben van Persie.

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Today's opposition, Spanish speaking, with a Premier League

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player, but Costa Rica are here long after they surrendered their crown.

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There always seems to be one team that goes further than you might

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think, Los Ticos are this year's story. Out of a group of three

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former World Cup winning nations, they had a warriors like win over

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Greece, and now the biggest game in the history of the small but

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football mad country. This is what we will get before the anthems, as

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with everyone of the quarterfinals, the captains reading out FIFA's

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message against discrimination. The microphone passes from Robin van

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Persie to Bryan Ruiz. Ladies and gentlemen, please

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stand... Now we stand for the national anthems.

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And now the national anthem of Costa Rica.

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# Conquistaron tus hijos Labriegos sencillos

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# Cuando alguno pretenda Tu gloria manchar

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# Veras a tu pueblo valiente y viril

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# Vivan siempre el trabajo y la paz. #

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I always think it is a little cruel when the microphones go that close

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up to the players. They are here to play football at the World Cup, not

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sing at an Eisteddfod. Everyone of them was trying to sing out proudly.

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The injury to Nigel de Jong men change was inevitable for the Dutch,

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and there are two changes, Indy starts for the first time after a

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concussion in the match against Australia. The defensive midfield

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role goes to Daley Blind. Memphis Depay comes in for Verhaegh, it

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really is a side that screams attack, particularly with that front

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trio, as it will be, of Sneijder just behind Arjen Robben and Robin

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van Persie. A lot of Costa Rican supporters

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never thought they would get to the banner holding stage of this World

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Cup. Watch Arjen Robben, that was the

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play from the Costa Rican coach yesterday. Uzbekistan's Ram Irmatov

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has his work cut out in trying to work out what is fair, fowl or fake.

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It is his fourth game of the tournament, having taken charge of

:29:21.:29:22.

five in South Africa four years ago. The Costa Rica team is one that is

:29:23.:29:43.

missing the defender that they call the rock, Oscar Duarte, suspended

:29:44.:29:47.

after his sending off against Greece. That means a first start of

:29:48.:29:52.

the World Cup for Johnny Acosta, now 30, he only made his international

:29:53.:29:56.

debut at 27 against the nation that lies in wait for the winners,

:29:57.:30:00.

Argentina. Undoubtedly take to Costa Rican hopes, Keylor Navas, Joel

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Campbell and Bryan Ruiz, well-known to the Dutch from his time with

:30:06.:30:13.

Twente and PSV Eindhoven, and well-known to Danny Murphy.

:30:14.:30:20.

Bryan Ruiz? He has done well. He has had a tough time in Fulham. He has

:30:21.:30:29.

shown in this World Cup the quality he has. He is a match winner. They

:30:30.:30:34.

are going to need him tonight. All set to go in Salvador.

:30:35.:30:44.

Ruiz superb finish against Greece. Headed the winner against Italy

:30:45.:30:47.

Ruiz superb finish against Greece. all in white, who get the final

:30:48.:30:52.

quarter-final of World all in white, who get the final

:30:53.:30:57.

underway. Straightaway, the men in orange get themselves onto the

:30:58.:31:02.

attack and try to put pressure on the Costa Rica defence. They needed

:31:03.:31:09.

to blast that one away from their penalty area.

:31:10.:31:09.

to blast that one away from their Rica get forward particularly with

:31:10.:31:16.

their Rica get forward particularly with

:31:17.:31:21.

chance might be a fine thing today? There is a line of five rather than

:31:22.:31:26.

a three. They are airing on the side of caution. You can't blame them. Up

:31:27.:31:31.

against of caution. You can't blame them. Up

:31:32.:31:40.

Daley Blind has started on the left. The Dutch led us to believe they

:31:41.:31:44.

Daley Blind has started on the left. were insisted Blind was a certainty

:31:45.:31:48.

to fill Nigel de Jong's were insisted Blind was a certainty

:31:49.:31:57.

midfield role. Look as though Georginio Wijnaldum will be carrying

:31:58.:32:02.

out that job. They have gone to a 3-4-3. Which is a little

:32:03.:32:06.

out that job. They have gone to a different than they have been doing.

:32:07.:32:09.

I don't think there has been a coach at this World Cup who

:32:10.:32:10.

I don't think there has been a coach van Gaal has. He has done it well,

:32:11.:32:20.

hasn't he, at pivotal moments in games he has done it well. They have

:32:21.:32:23.

lined it up as a five. games he has done it well. They have

:32:24.:32:30.

to wait and see. Versatility, a key part of the way the Dutch play.

:32:31.:32:33.

to wait and see. Versatility, a key There will be no complacency in

:32:34.:32:37.

their ranks, not with Louis van Gaal in charge. The only previous meeting

:32:38.:32:42.

between these nations at a FIFA tournament was in an under-20 World

:32:43.:32:49.

Cup in Argentina, Costa Rica won 3-1. Louis van Gaal was the coach of

:32:50.:32:56.

that team. You did well finding that. Up all night! It is definitely

:32:57.:33:07.

a 3-4-3. Playing van Persie through the middle. Robben on the right and

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Depay on the left. Here is Daley Blind playing behind Memphis Depay.

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Knocked out by Johnny Acosta. I wonder what look you would have

:33:20.:33:30.

got from the harden Costa Rican supporter if you said before the

:33:31.:33:36.

start they would be here playing in the quarter-finals. They went

:33:37.:33:43.

start they would be here playing in a Cup match last year to Honduras.

:33:44.:33:53.

They have a free-kick. He has been unfairly blocked there Granodos by

:33:54.:34:01.

Stefan de Vrij. I'm not sure there was too much in that. He will be up

:34:02.:34:07.

and about before you know it. Nearly followed you to Charlton,

:34:08.:34:09.

and about before you know it. Nearly Granados, signed a one-year loan,

:34:10.:34:16.

but didn't get a work permit. He took that free-kick. Very nearly

:34:17.:34:21.

caught the Dutch out. Unlucky. Good run from Joel Campbell at the back

:34:22.:34:25.

post. Notes being taken already by the man to the right, to the right,

:34:26.:34:34.

as he sits, Louis van Gaal. That is Danny Blind, father of Daley. He

:34:35.:34:40.

played at the 19 90 and 94 World Cups. The three front players for

:34:41.:34:46.

Costa Rica are squeezing very high on the central defenders. Trying to

:34:47.:34:50.

make the keeper kick it long. A good tactic. It means the Dutch

:34:51.:34:54.

make the keeper kick it long. A good have consistent possession of the

:34:55.:35:00.

ball from the goalkeeper. Bruno Martins Indi. Allowed to wonder out

:35:01.:35:07.

with it -- wander out with it. There's the man from Aston Villa

:35:08.:35:12.

that the Dutch fans called concrete" Ron", big Ron Vlaar.

:35:13.:35:48.

Robben, dropped into a pocket of space much he was followed every

:35:49.:35:56.

step of the way. Depay, he can be a flying machine, if allowed to get

:35:57.:35:58.

going. Gamboa straight to Sneijder. Depay

:35:59.:36:11.

has Robben closest to him. Robben down. The ball was won fairly. In

:36:12.:36:16.

fairness to Arjen Robben, he was quickly back to his feet. Had a

:36:17.:36:20.

swing and a miss there. Ruiz can't take it for Costa Rica either. Here

:36:21.:36:26.

goes Robben. Van Persie wants it across to the right. Depay to the

:36:27.:36:29.

left. Van Persie, misjudged it. The flag

:36:30.:36:42.

is being waved anyway. You can see from the opening exchanges that when

:36:43.:36:45.

Costa Rica go forward on the break, like they did then, and commit men

:36:46.:36:50.

forward, the big spaces that the Dutch love to counter-attack into,

:36:51.:36:53.

they have to be careful when attacking that they don't give away

:36:54.:36:57.

possession so easy, like Campbell did there, with a square pass. The

:36:58.:37:01.

man we had a look at will be aware of all that. Jorge Luis Pinto, a

:37:02.:37:05.

student of the game. Never played as a pro. One of those football

:37:06.:37:12.

academics. He is an admirer of Jose Mourinho. Similar paths they have

:37:13.:37:19.

taken. No playing pedigree, they know their onions.

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Managed to get pass Umana and hold off Diaz. A corner. He did well,

:37:36.:38:14.

Gonzalez, didn't dive in. Didn't give Robben a chance to do anything

:38:15.:38:19.

bad. A positive run from Robben. What we want to see from him,

:38:20.:38:22.

committing people. What we want to see, I know it's early, seems to be

:38:23.:38:27.

making a concerted effort to stay upright.

:38:28.:38:47.

Sneijder all the way back to Jasper Cillessen.

:38:48.:39:18.

Bruno Martins Indi with the ball intended for Robben. It was missed

:39:19.:39:27.

by Diaz, taken by Robben. Can't find Depay. Gamboa in from the right hand

:39:28.:39:46.

side. Blind to Sneijder. Just thought for a second when Diaz made

:39:47.:39:52.

that mistake Robben would be in and it would be curtains for Costa Rica.

:39:53.:40:00.

Van Persie. Just rested his hands on the shoulders of Gonzalez. They have

:40:01.:40:06.

to settle down Costa Rica. They can't keep giving the ball away so

:40:07.:40:09.

quickly or they will be chasing a lot in the game. Bolanos chasing. He

:40:10.:40:20.

won't get there. Seven appearances in World Cup matches. What is

:40:21.:40:26.

evident, from minute one, the front three pressing high making the

:40:27.:40:31.

goalkeeper kick it. The back five staying in line

:40:32.:40:34.

goalkeeper kick it. The back five to the Dutch, the two wide men in

:40:35.:40:39.

midfield they will leave them to keep the ball free. And shuffle

:40:40.:40:46.

over. An interesting tactic. Would you see that, I suppose weakness is

:40:47.:40:52.

over. An interesting tactic. Would strong, seeing Depay in those roles,

:40:53.:40:52.

not what strong, seeing Depay in those roles,

:40:53.:40:58.

The Dutch think they will have a lot of the ball not defending

:40:59.:40:59.

The Dutch think they will have a lot of the game, which is a reasonable

:41:00.:41:07.

assumption to make. They will have to choose their moments, Costa Rica.

:41:08.:41:12.

Be nice and clever and put men forward as and when they have good

:41:13.:41:14.

Gonzalez, had a look and saw that possession. So far,

:41:15.:41:29.

Gonzalez, had a look and saw that Gamboa had set off. He does get

:41:30.:41:31.

up-and-down that right wing, Gamboa had set off. He does get

:41:32.:41:36.

seemingly limitless energy. He's on the ball now. Followed by Blind. He

:41:37.:41:42.

managed to wriggle away from him. Gamboa

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managed to wriggle away from him. Indi. Off balance.

:41:47.:41:51.

managed to wriggle away from him. from Gamboa. Good balance and pace.

:41:52.:41:53.

Now of course he from Gamboa. Good balance and pace.

:41:54.:41:58.

that is being attacked here by Depay with Robben outside. Akers of space

:41:59.:42:02.

in the box, if with Robben outside. Akers of space

:42:03.:42:13.

know. Ruiz, lovely change of direction. Nice use of the ball too.

:42:14.:42:16.

Well played. He surprise to see Bryan Ruiz heavily

:42:17.:42:51.

involved in that. Lovely exchange there with Ballinamallard. Can't get

:42:52.:42:53.

Campbell into the there with Ballinamallard. Can't get

:42:54.:42:58.

to van Persie. Look at Depay go. Look at van Persie go! An

:42:59.:43:02.

to van Persie. Look at Depay go. touch from Acosta. It was very

:43:03.:43:04.

important. Actually, touch from Acosta. It was very

:43:05.:43:11.

away from a turnover of possession. The best passing movement we

:43:12.:43:12.

away from a turnover of possession. seen from Costa Rica. As soon as

:43:13.:43:17.

they lose the ball, the Dutch are away, with their pace.

:43:18.:43:39.

The noise you can hear building in the background is coming from Dutch

:43:40.:43:51.

voices. Kuyt's throw. Wanted the return from

:43:52.:44:17.

Robben. Robin stead Cleverley finds Kuyt's throw. Wanted the return from

:44:18.:44:29.

van Persie. Now a Kuyt cross. Just where he is lacking a bit that,

:44:30.:44:34.

Kuyt. A loopy, nothing cross. No pace on it. Not really picking

:44:35.:44:36.

anyone out. Robben calling for a bit of calm

:44:37.:44:52.

from his defender as he was tracked and beaten to the ball by Junior

:44:53.:44:54.

Diaz. it is a Costa Rica takeover in the

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stands, and they have definitely got the neutral vote in Salvador.

:45:11.:45:27.

Very assured on the ball, Christian Bolanos. This is exactly what they

:45:28.:45:34.

need, don't worry about having to attack, just get some possession. It

:45:35.:45:38.

is the best way to get a breather from all that defending, keep the

:45:39.:45:42.

ball a while, make the Dutch run around a bit.

:45:43.:45:47.

They have started really well, Guy, they have not been overawed by the

:45:48.:45:59.

occasion at all. De Vrij was callous, they have given it away.

:46:00.:46:03.

Borges sensed his chance but couldn't go much further with it. He

:46:04.:46:09.

will do that, he likes to break. Of the two central midfielders, he is

:46:10.:46:14.

the one that will go. Is touch let him down a little bit, but good

:46:15.:46:20.

anticipation. Having to work really hard, those midfield two. I know

:46:21.:46:27.

that position well, it is tough, getting back in, getting up to help

:46:28.:46:31.

the strikers, back in again. It is going to be a long day for the two

:46:32.:46:38.

in the middle of the pitch. You galloped up the stairs! I use that

:46:39.:46:44.

word loosely. That is a poor News of the World gallop. Depay showed a

:46:45.:46:48.

little bit too much of its the World gallop. Depay showed a

:46:49.:46:59.

Gonzalez. -- use of the word. Plenty of time for Vlaar and Martin is

:47:00.:47:03.

there. It has been 16 and a half minutes in

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which the Netherlands have looked as though they are going to assert

:47:25.:47:28.

control of the game, but Costa Rica, as Danny said, far from overawed.

:47:29.:47:34.

The longer they hold out, the more they are in the game, the more they

:47:35.:47:41.

have a chance of what would be, let's be honest, one of the biggest

:47:42.:47:44.

upsets the World Cup has known. They have already achieved something

:47:45.:47:52.

unbelievable, nobody gave them a chance. Nobody is giving them a hope

:47:53.:47:58.

this evening, including myself, but they have started off brightly,

:47:59.:48:01.

confidently, they seem as though they are enjoying it. Fair play to

:48:02.:48:05.

them! I think they deserve huge, huge credit.

:48:06.:48:10.

Varane also has had a really bright start to the game. -- Bolanos. From

:48:11.:48:35.

a Dutch perspective, they will be happy they have got some good

:48:36.:48:38.

control of the game, but they would want the passing to be quicker, a

:48:39.:48:42.

bit sharper, more incisive. They are a bit slow, a bit lethargic. Try to

:48:43.:48:47.

play to those front always a little bit quicker. -- front boys.

:48:48.:49:17.

Robbyn just dropped the shoulder and threatened to get away from him, but

:49:18.:49:35.

he is all over him now. Here is Bryan Ruiz on the ball. Well-known

:49:36.:49:40.

to the Dutch players, he played at Twente and then spent the second

:49:41.:49:45.

half of last season at PSV on loan from Fulham. Ron Vlaar turns it

:49:46.:49:54.

away. Gamboa covers some ground! He does, it is a good play, Campbell

:49:55.:50:00.

doing what he does best, running at people, committing people. Nice

:50:01.:50:04.

reverse pass, good cross, good move from Costa Rica, the best of the

:50:05.:50:06.

game so far. Gamboa with the throat when he is

:50:07.:50:20.

good and ready, when he has an option. He is probably having a

:50:21.:50:26.

rest! He has already sprinted down the length of the pitch and back.

:50:27.:50:33.

Ruiz trying to let that one dropout. It is with the help of Daley Blind.

:50:34.:50:39.

On a serious note, it is important for Costa Rica, when they have

:50:40.:50:42.

possession, they do get a breather in. They need to preserve their

:50:43.:50:47.

energy so that they can get numbers in the box when they do attack.

:50:48.:50:52.

hurry up from the referee there. This time it is the Netherlands'

:50:53.:51:05.

ball to throw back in. I think the move to Palermo is the most recent

:51:06.:51:10.

gossip surrounding Bryan Ruiz, not likely to be playing in the

:51:11.:51:14.

Championship with full next season. No, it is unlikely. A very talented

:51:15.:51:21.

player, someone will get the benefits of his quality. Campbell

:51:22.:51:22.

might be benefits of his quality. Campbell

:51:23.:51:26.

League with Arsenal at long last. Sneijder away.

:51:27.:51:45.

Good save, Navas, here is Sneijder! A little mud gait bit more routine

:51:46.:51:54.

for the Costa Rican keeper. Brilliant move, brilliant save.

:51:55.:52:03.

Kuyt, lovely pic on the edge of the box, the keeper is off his line so

:52:04.:52:11.

fast. We have seen Van Persie take those chances so money times. Much

:52:12.:52:14.

easier for the goalkeeper, that is the threat, that is the danger. I

:52:15.:52:16.

think it was Depay or the threat, that is the danger. I

:52:17.:52:22.

the reverse pass, a terrific move from Holland, much better. Two more

:52:23.:52:28.

saves made by the goalkeeper they call the Falcon, Keylor Navas, who

:52:29.:52:32.

has saved 16 of 18 shots on target that he has faced at this World Cup.

:52:33.:52:37.

They reported bid came in from Atletico Madrid for the

:52:38.:52:44.

They reported bid came in from keeper in the last few days, but

:52:45.:52:47.

they want the ?8 million in his contract.

:52:48.:52:58.

You have to credit Robben there, he could have gone down, he was honest.

:52:59.:53:07.

Arjen Robben and honest in the same line! He is a threat, though, every

:53:08.:53:14.

tiny runs at them. They need to keep giving him the ball, he is the one

:53:15.:53:17.

that is going to unlock them. giving him the ball, he is the one

:53:18.:53:26.

finds Campbell. Campbell scurries away from Martins Indi. Nothing

:53:27.:53:29.

happening to the left, he had to go back the other way. Blind stops the

:53:30.:53:36.

cross, took the wind out of his sails, that, from Gamboa. He does

:53:37.:53:42.

that well, Campbell, gets into the pockets and starts running at

:53:43.:53:44.

people, clever little positions A bit of a fly hack from Ruiz, free

:53:45.:53:55.

kick already taken. Sneijder with the lived through to

:53:56.:54:39.

Depay, who went a little too soon, the flag is up.

:54:40.:54:44.

It is a good run, trying to threaten in behind, just goes a little bit

:54:45.:54:51.

early. That is the type of run they are going to get in with. It is

:54:52.:54:55.

actually about five versus three at the back at the time, for Costa

:54:56.:55:01.

Rica, five in a line against three Dutch forwards. If Blind and Kuyt

:55:02.:55:07.

can push on, they are going to have a problem. That is given away, there

:55:08.:55:12.

is a problem here. The flag is up against Van Persie, and he did touch

:55:13.:55:18.

it. Robin van Persie in the box, definitely active at all times! That

:55:19.:55:23.

will be a free kick for Costa Rica, but mistakes starting to happen,

:55:24.:55:27.

cracks starting to appear. Yeah, a bit more pressure from the Dutch,

:55:28.:55:33.

Van Persie earlier, he has got to be careful to stay with your runners,

:55:34.:55:36.

especially in the box. He got away with it about time. On Tuesday

:55:37.:55:44.

night, live on BBC One at half past eight, we will have the first

:55:45.:55:48.

semifinal, Brazil against Germany from Belo Horizonte. Coverage of

:55:49.:55:53.

that also on BBC Radio 5 live, of course. The second semifinal comes

:55:54.:56:00.

the next night, and that will be between the winners of this game and

:56:01.:56:02.

Argentina. Be semifinal stage already, I don't

:56:03.:56:15.

know what we're going to do after extra week! I don't know what you're

:56:16.:56:20.

going to do, I'm going home! I have loved it, actually, I have to say

:56:21.:56:23.

the football has been wonderful, so loved it, actually, I have to say

:56:24.:56:27.

refreshingly attack minded, so many goals, so many good games, and I

:56:28.:56:32.

have had the pleasure of working with you, Guy! Steady! Costa Rica

:56:33.:56:40.

coming forward with Campbell, blocked by Kompany. Martins Indi.

:56:41.:56:53.

Mistakes from the men in orange as well. Yes, it is a bit sloppy, and

:56:54.:57:09.

time having so much of the ball coming you do get a bit sloppy with

:57:10.:57:12.

it. They are not really putting too much pressure on at the moment,

:57:13.:57:15.

because they have been under a bit of pressure themselves, but that was

:57:16.:57:16.

a poor pass. Sneijder is getting a little bit

:57:17.:57:27.

frustrated there. I think he is having a go at Martins Indi, who

:57:28.:57:36.

gave that ball away. This is a great opportunity for Christian Bolanos to

:57:37.:57:43.

swing one in, curling one in towards Jasper Cillessen's goal. We saw

:57:44.:57:48.

against Uruguay, the effectiveness of their set plays, they have got

:57:49.:57:54.

some big lads. Gonzales and Umana are the two biggest towers of all.

:57:55.:58:00.

It wasn't a bad ball, just a little too high. Really good ball, didn't

:58:01.:58:05.

cover the back post area. Usually you have every part of the box

:58:06.:58:09.

covered, but they all seemed to make similar runs there. He is lucky to

:58:10.:58:14.

get away with that, actually, the hand on the shirt, he has to do a

:58:15.:58:18.

little bit, I think it was Martins Indi tagging him. He will have to be

:58:19.:58:25.

little bit, I think it was Martins careful. Not spotted by Ravshan

:58:26.:58:33.

Irmatov, that one. I think you can rest assured that if he did spot

:58:34.:58:37.

it, he probably would have pointed to the spot. The last thing the

:58:38.:58:40.

Dutch want to do is give away a stupid penalty.

:58:41.:59:05.

Forced into the mistake, Van Persie. Depay with a chance to shoot, Navas

:59:06.:59:15.

is in a way of yet another one. Good save again. Ruiz giving the ball

:59:16.:59:22.

away that time. Now a Costa Rica break, but it is controlled with his

:59:23.:59:27.

hands. He is saying he didn't, but it was right under the nose of the

:59:28.:59:34.

assistant referee. Run back, stop waving your arms in the air, the

:59:35.:59:38.

decision has gone! Another good save from the goalkeeper. Navas has been

:59:39.:59:45.

good this tournament, hasn't he? He has been one of their main players,

:59:46.:59:50.

they're better performers, for sure. I read this morning that according

:59:51.:59:54.

to the national registry, four babies born in Costa Rica in June

:59:55.:00:02.

were given the name Keylor, presumably after the goalkeeper -

:00:03.:00:06.

you don't hear it too often! 22 named after Joel Campbell, so they

:00:07.:00:10.

are making an impact. You are making it up! I don't know where you get

:00:11.:00:15.

these facts from, brilliant! I think I would rather be called Joel,

:00:16.:00:21.

wouldn't you? A great save, that was the Dutch chance, two good chances,

:00:22.:00:28.

a poor finish, really. Navas away. Dirk Kuyt plans to meet it. --

:00:29.:00:32.

climbs. want in the release clause, no doubt

:00:33.:00:56.

about that. Monaco and Milan, and the Atletico Madrid bid has been

:00:57.:00:58.

rebuffed. The

:00:59.:01:18.

all their own way. They've half an hour played in Salvador.

:01:19.:01:24.

all their own way. They've half an dominant as I thought they would be

:01:25.:01:29.

in terms of chances and opening up Costa Rica. Blind. I haven't seen

:01:30.:01:31.

too many errors from him. Martins Costa Rica. Blind. I haven't seen

:01:32.:01:36.

Indi. A little too rough in his atents to win

:01:37.:01:51.

Campbell, does well. Battling with Blind. Reads the bounce just

:01:52.:02:03.

slightly better. Acosta. Fouled by van Persie. Who was forced to run

:02:04.:02:08.

back with him. Good defending from Acosta. Got in front of van Persie,

:02:09.:02:14.

nice and strong. Forced the foul. Lewes look ing a at those two, it

:02:15.:02:19.

underlines the difference in pedigree. I know that doesn't mean

:02:20.:02:27.

they will play the game. Acosta had a loan spell in the Mexican second

:02:28.:02:32.

division last year. It shows you how much hunger, passion, well-organised

:02:33.:02:38.

team can take you. It's a similar story to America, if you like. Not

:02:39.:02:43.

the most gifted players, not household names, the passion they

:02:44.:02:46.

are playing with and the intensity is fantastic to see. There might be

:02:47.:02:50.

an opportunity for Costa Rica here. Ballinamallard. That ball wasn't as

:02:51.:02:57.

good as his previous free-kick. No, a wasted

:02:58.:03:07.

-- Balanos. Was that a push? Louis van Gaal disagrees, strongly! He is

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certainly a man of strong opinions, Louis van Gaal. Not sure there

:03:22.:03:25.

certainly a man of strong opinions, anything in that. I think he slipped

:03:26.:03:29.

and tripped on himself. Certainly what it looks like, on second

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Nice flick from Christian Bolanos, viewing.

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Nice flick from Christian Bolanos, he couldn't find Ruiz. They get a

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throw-in. Has to make his mind up. Borges

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bumped to the floor. I don't think it's the worst in the world for the

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Dutch to have it's the worst in the world for the

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Open the pitch up more and give them a chance to use their pace on the

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counters we talked about earlier. a chance to use their pace on the

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area which they can exploit, the Dutch, Costa Rica I should, Costa

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Rica can exploit the Dutch. Better delivery needed this time. Looking

:04:29.:04:37.

for the run. It was a great run. It's cleared away.

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for the run. It was a great run. complete the job. The The

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Netherlands can run away with Robben. No free-kick. There is

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Netherlands can run away with He started to complain much he

:04:54.:04:59.

didn't think he was get anything. Clever set play, Costa Rica. Yes,

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this is the free-kick. Clever set play, Costa Rica. Yes,

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Gamboa. A good job for Campbell that he didn't get him - when he was

:05:12.:05:15.

trying to take everything out. Best chance of the game for Costa Rica.

:05:16.:05:21.

Borges around the back. Really clever move, didn't pick him up. A

:05:22.:05:28.

similar sort of free-kick, the Netherlands could threaten.

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Sneijder is the decoy. Not good from Robben.

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Kuyt. Blocked by Bryan Ruiz. Blind gives it to Martins Indi.

:05:50.:06:10.

Costa Rica tried to play a runnout on that free-kick and play a high

:06:11.:06:16.

line. One of them stayed in, very dangerous tactic. Not sure that is

:06:17.:06:19.

what they should be doing. Big boys in there. Defend your box. Mark your

:06:20.:06:24.

men. Don't need to run out and play high

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They can certainly defend this Costa Rica team. They have shown that

:06:47.:07:05.

throughout the competition. Never more so than in the last-16 against

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Greece, 1-1 draw. They were 1-0 up for so long, until the last seconds

:07:13.:07:17.

of injury-time. Robben has gone spiralling down to the floor. Costa

:07:18.:07:21.

Rica are claiming he looked for something, but there did seem to be

:07:22.:07:26.

a pull from Junior Diaz. It might have been theatrical, but I think

:07:27.:07:29.

there was a foul. The replay will tell us, when we get it. I'm not

:07:30.:07:34.

sure there was too much in it. Good run from Robben. Trying to get in

:07:35.:07:40.

between defenders. He knows Sneijder has the capability to pick him out.

:07:41.:07:44.

Junior Diaz is getting a booking. First of the World Cup. No danger

:07:45.:07:48.

there. No, the referee must have seen something. Certainly when he's

:07:49.:07:55.

at full flight, Arjen Robben, he is a hard man to stop.

:07:56.:08:05.

It's within range for Robben or Sneijder. Looks frustrated that he

:08:06.:08:17.

has to wait for the circle to be drawn around the ball.

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Along way from Keylor Navas's goal. Only a shot seems to be in mind from

:08:45.:08:51.

either of the two. Robben leaves this one for Sneijder! What a save.

:08:52.:09:02.

What a try. A long way out to score with a curler from there. This is

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the foul. Yeah. Good spot from the referee. Really good spot. Yellow

:09:07.:09:11.

card. Sneijder tried to give the keeper the eyes. Keeper has not

:09:12.:09:17.

fallen for it. Really good save. Clever idea from Sneijder. The

:09:18.:09:21.

corner is a good one. Defended by Acosta. Miskick horribly by Depay.

:09:22.:09:34.

Can't do that with a first name, Memphis. Daley Blind. We have all

:09:35.:09:40.

done that before. Says Memphis Murphy. I liked his confidence to

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try it. Not the best ball. Wijnaldum is on

:09:47.:10:12.

the ball now. The pace screams for it. Kuyt is the first link in the

:10:13.:10:21.

chain. Now it's van Persie. Sneijder. Signs the Dutch are

:10:22.:10:28.

stepping it up now. Depay and Robben have swapped sides, to mix things up

:10:29.:10:36.

a little bit. Blind. Nobody really in there for him. Sneijder to

:10:37.:10:40.

Wijnaldum. They are having to work it. Having to work hard.

:10:41.:11:14.

A lost of Costa Rica chasing and going on. Not a Good play. Look

:11:15.:11:33.

where they forced the ball back to? Yeah. Well-drilled. Manager deserves

:11:34.:11:38.

good credit for that. It doesn't happen just by saying it. You have

:11:39.:11:43.

to work at it hard on the training ground.

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Trying to spring Persie. Here is Robben. One touch to

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control the ball, the second to miss the ball completely. Good defending

:12:02.:12:09.

from Borges. Got back in. Robben didn't see him coming. Robben. That

:12:10.:12:14.

is a lovely take. Through to van Persie. Out comes Navas, had to get

:12:15.:12:19.

that right. Got it just right, like everything else he's done in this

:12:20.:12:22.

tournament. What is impressive with Navas is his speed off the line.

:12:23.:12:27.

That is the second time tonight. The van Persie chance earlier. A will

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havely slide from Robben. So quick off his line. A bit like the French

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goalkeeper. That pace. Narrows the angle very quickly. Went down. No

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free-kick. Here's Depay. Van Persie wants it. Van Persie is seen off. He

:12:49.:12:54.

has gone into the back of Michael Umana. Good defending again. Really

:12:55.:12:59.

good effort from Costa Rica. Just when the Dutch are look dangerous? .

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They are looking dangerous. Reverse pass. Umana stays with his man

:13:08.:13:09.

They are looking dangerous. Reverse the box, what we talked about

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before. Not sticking your hand up and trying to play offside. Staying

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with your man. Hard work, good tackle, do the right thing. That is

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the set play earlier. Costa Rica's best chance of the game.

:13:24.:13:42.

Tejeda. Gamboa. Robben is met by Acosta. Ruiz's header. Acosta,

:13:43.:14:02.

again, now Tejeda. Just got a little excited. He is allowed to, Tejeda.

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Try harder? He has not stopped running the whole half. Honestly, he

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has been side ways, he is helping his defenders out. He has been

:14:17.:14:17.

everywhere. his defenders out. He has been

:14:18.:14:22.

from him. He is allowed to be. One of the few in the Costa Rica team

:14:23.:14:26.

who we were told is very open to the prospect to a move to Europe. He

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plays with one of the leading club sides in Costa Rica. Only 22,

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Yeltsin Tejeda. sides in Costa Rica. Only 22,

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would like him Good foot work, Kuyt, and from van

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rather than later. Good foot work, Kuyt, and from van

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Persie. Costa Rica up as one from their dug-out. Claiming

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Persie. Costa Rica up as one from Ruiz is having a word. Nothing is

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going to happen. The dug-out is furious. Yeah,

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going to happen. The dug-out is something. Vlaar, out of defence to

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win the ball, and finds Sneijder. but does manage to squeeze it out to

:15:19.:15:33.

Arjen Robben. Kuyt gets passed

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Diaz. Again, Valiant defending. Only one more minutes to be added on.

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They will be desperate for that string in the dressing room, get

:15:55.:15:58.

those fluids in. They are having to work really hard to stop the Dutch.

:15:59.:16:06.

Now Kuyt, lovely ball, good running. Yet again, a white rock in the way,

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Gonzales this time. The referee is having a look at the

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watch and brings to an end a first half that Costa Rica can be very

:16:50.:16:53.

satisfied with indeed. The best chances have gone to the

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Netherlands, like other teams before them, they have found Keylor Navas

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in their way time and again, frustrated expressions on the faces

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of some of the players wearing orange shirts. They have got a long

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way to go to win this and book their place in the semifinals, Costa Rica

:17:10.:17:14.

still very much in this World Cup. Waiting for something big to happen

:17:15.:17:17.

in the game, I am sure there is plenty for the boys to talk about.

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Netherlands 0, Costa Rica 0. Still all to play for, some of these

:17:24.:17:27.

goalkeepers won't be beaten at this World Cup. Rio, perhaps the Dutch

:17:28.:17:33.

spent too much time in the bar! No, I think they have had a couple of

:17:34.:17:38.

half chances, Sneijder played a few nice balls in behind, but I think

:17:39.:17:43.

they need to get two upfront. I would change myself and get two up

:17:44.:17:48.

front, put them under pressure, get the ball around their centre halves,

:17:49.:17:51.

they are having an easy time with one player. Alan, you have to admire

:17:52.:17:59.

the fortitude and spirit of Costa Rica. We saw the USA against

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Belgium, they were prepared to get men forward on the ball, commit men

:18:03.:18:07.

forward, and Costa Rica are doing that, but it is costing them a

:18:08.:18:11.

little bit, because the best moments from the Dutch have come when Costa

:18:12.:18:14.

Rica have attacked and the Dutch have gone back with a quick pass and

:18:15.:18:18.

attack them. That has been their best option, and it is high risk

:18:19.:18:23.

from Costa Rica, it is brave, naive at times. There you go, you can see

:18:24.:18:27.

they have got six or seven guys committed there, and one early,

:18:28.:18:32.

quick pass, lift your head up, you are in trouble. There you go, five

:18:33.:18:36.

or six out of the game now, and a better pass from Van Persie, and

:18:37.:18:40.

they are in trouble. Again, they commit men forward in the box, three

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in the box, look, but five, six ahead of the ball, one quick pass,

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and that is how they have caused them problems. With the pace of

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Robben, Depay and Van Persie, that seems to have been their best option

:18:57.:19:02.

in the first half. Lovely in there on the right-hand side, and it is a

:19:03.:19:06.

chance that Van Persie should put away. Good save again, it is moving

:19:07.:19:11.

the ball quickly, not letting... It is letting Costa Rica attack, then

:19:12.:19:15.

having the confidence to go, right, we are going to get at you now,

:19:16.:19:19.

commit men forward, four on the four. With the pace of Holland going

:19:20.:19:24.

forward, they have caused them problems, and that has been their

:19:25.:19:31.

best out. What I find surprising is that at this World Cup we have seen

:19:32.:19:36.

a lot of goalkeepers blocking like that, the finishing has lacked

:19:37.:19:41.

imagination, from great players. Navas has had a terrific first half,

:19:42.:19:45.

but you have to commend Costa Rica, because not only are they

:19:46.:19:49.

disciplined and organised, but their energy levels are like unbelievable.

:19:50.:19:56.

Al is right about hitting them on the break, but the number of Whites

:19:57.:19:59.

getting back was unbelievable. What they have done exceptionally well is

:20:00.:20:05.

they have left Dirk Kuyt out, they have eliminated Sneijder in the

:20:06.:20:08.

middle of the park to a certain extent, and the back three play

:20:09.:20:13.

along the back and Dirk Kuyt is not a playmaker. He either goes square

:20:14.:20:17.

or back, and that gives the Costa Rica defence time to settle, and

:20:18.:20:22.

tactics have been spot-on. This fella, Navas, blimey! He stops

:20:23.:20:26.

everything, Rio. Has been unbelievable. This is a fantastic

:20:27.:20:34.

save, I thought it was in. He just actually takes a step to his left

:20:35.:20:37.

hand side and then manages to get back over to the right-hand side,

:20:38.:20:42.

very good save. And this here, I mean, so sharp of his line, the

:20:43.:20:47.

reading of the game glance, looking at the picture, expecting the ball

:20:48.:20:51.

to come through, brave when he collected. He has got a great shot

:20:52.:20:56.

stopper and can read it off the line, very quick to his feet. You

:20:57.:21:01.

have played in front of great goalkeepers, it must make a great

:21:02.:21:06.

difference, a huge difference with that confidence. Yeah, the

:21:07.:21:10.

confidence in the back four comes from the goalkeeper. If he is

:21:11.:21:13.

assured and decisive, it gives you the confidence to do your job,

:21:14.:21:16.

rather than thinking about what is going on behind you. A good

:21:17.:21:22.

goalkeeper is the coolest guy on the pitch, on his left foot or right

:21:23.:21:26.

foot, he would deal with it, and that put us at our ease, and we

:21:27.:21:29.

could be clear about what we were doing. It takes the pressure off

:21:30.:21:35.

when he is a guy who will come and take crosses, rather than you make

:21:36.:21:39.

headers all the time. It is all about communication as well, never

:21:40.:21:45.

going to the bar! Costa Rica, not too many opportunities, set pieces

:21:46.:21:53.

were the best, Borges. Well, a decent ball in. They have not had

:21:54.:22:02.

many other than that. That is about it. They have lacked a little bit of

:22:03.:22:06.

quality. When they have at the opportunity to go forward, they have

:22:07.:22:09.

lacked that quality, the ball has not stuck with the likes of

:22:10.:22:14.

Campbell. If it had, I think they would have attacked. As long as it

:22:15.:22:19.

stays the 0-0 and they get set ablaze, anything can happen. You

:22:20.:22:28.

made the point about Dirk Kuyt... Yes, playing along the back, this

:22:29.:22:36.

happens virtually every time, a nothing ball up in the air, he picks

:22:37.:22:42.

it up here, a lack of communication there. At no stage did he get it

:22:43.:22:47.

down in this position and play anybody in. Now, Robben has come

:22:48.:22:56.

short, he plays it long... I think... The one great as was when

:22:57.:23:03.

he was further forward. He never sees these pictures, he has never

:23:04.:23:06.

played in this position. When the ball comes to him, he has not seen a

:23:07.:23:09.

picture to ball comes to him, he has not seen a

:23:10.:23:13.

almost blind. When he got up near the goal of the right-hand side, he

:23:14.:23:18.

played a ball he had seen a million times before. Alan and I were saying

:23:19.:23:24.

he played on the left and right, he was sort of destructive when he

:23:25.:23:28.

played for Liverpool, you never thought of him like that, he played

:23:29.:23:33.

centre forward. As a playmaker, virtually nonexistent. In the other

:23:34.:23:36.

quarterfinal, Argentina played Belgium in Brasilia, watched by

:23:37.:23:38.

Simon Brotherton. This is the first meeting between

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these two nations for 28 years, since the semifinal in 1986 in

:23:49.:23:50.

Mexico City. Messi. Argentina have had most of the early

:23:51.:24:16.

play. Messi, so difficult to get off the ball. The finish was clinical,

:24:17.:24:29.

Belgian behind early on. -- Belgium. Plenty of red shirts

:24:30.:24:38.

surging forward. Kevin De Bruyne. It was too long.

:24:39.:24:45.

It is a direct route for goal, Higuain, off the top of the bar! It

:24:46.:24:53.

has been an excellent performance from Higuain, he very nearly had a

:24:54.:24:56.

second one with this shot. The header from Fellaini over the

:24:57.:25:09.

top of the bar! Suddenly, that was a bit more like it from Belgium.

:25:10.:25:14.

Delaney could not quite keep the header down. -- Fellaini. Not much

:25:15.:25:22.

time left now for Belgium. Here comes Lucas Biglia.

:25:23.:25:28.

Away goes Messi, he could put the finishing touch on the victory, good

:25:29.:25:38.

save! Lionel Messi with a chance to finish at off for Argentina, denied

:25:39.:25:42.

by the excellent young Belgian goalkeeper. Here is Witsel,

:25:43.:25:52.

Martens, in towards Lukaku. He stays up, bit salt with the shot! --

:25:53.:26:01.

Martens, in towards Lukaku. He stays Witsel. That is the closest

:26:02.:26:04.

Martens, in towards Lukaku. He stays have come in this game for

:26:05.:26:07.

Martens, in towards Lukaku. He stays time. He had to give it a crack, and

:26:08.:26:12.

that might just about be Belgian's lot.

:26:13.:26:14.

Argentina are through and continue to sort of stagger through this

:26:15.:26:18.

tournament, that is the best way to put it. So disappointing, like the

:26:19.:26:23.

French against the Germans, the Argentinians got the lead and

:26:24.:26:26.

French against the Germans, the held on and just did enough. Are

:26:27.:26:29.

some teams lacking a bit of steam, getting tired? There is also a

:26:30.:26:36.

little bit of fear in there, a mistake and you are out, whereas in

:26:37.:26:39.

the group games, where everyone seemed to be attacking, you are

:26:40.:26:44.

allowed a chance. Just one goal. I said before the game, when was

:26:45.:26:48.

Higuain going to come to the party, but I will tell you what, this is a

:26:49.:26:55.

brilliant finish. Watch Zabaleta and Hazard, Wendy Maria gets it, the run

:26:56.:27:05.

of Zabaleta. -- when Di Maria. But the finish is absolutely

:27:06.:27:08.

sensational. He hasn't got any time to think about it, he knows where

:27:09.:27:12.

the goal is, instinctive, a brilliant finish, the goalkeeper has

:27:13.:27:17.

got no chance. We have seen some great saves, a few wonderful goals.

:27:18.:27:22.

Do we have a contender for as of the tournament, Rio? This is what sets

:27:23.:27:28.

Messi apart as the best in the world. He sees a pass like Gerrard

:27:29.:27:35.

or someone like that. The defender thinks he has

:27:36.:27:37.

or someone like that. The defender getting it, he says, no, this ball

:27:38.:27:42.

is on a bit of string. This touch, the skill, just beautiful. They have

:27:43.:27:49.

five or six attempts to hack him down. Other players in this

:27:50.:27:53.

situation, it goes blurry. For him it is crystal clear, he is seeing

:27:54.:27:57.

everything crystal clear. They have one bite, another! Another bite,

:27:58.:28:03.

three! An example of what you were saying earlier, it takes a lot to

:28:04.:28:07.

get Messi down. It does, but he should score! He never misses these!

:28:08.:28:23.

We were on about dinking. I cannot believe how many one on ones have

:28:24.:28:28.

been missed at this World Cup. You would have scored it! It is easy

:28:29.:28:33.

watching it. One of the features of the World Cup has been the quality

:28:34.:28:36.

of the goalkeeping, we have seen more examples in this first half,

:28:37.:28:38.

nothing short of sensational. He somehow turns it on to the post!

:28:39.:28:53.

Dani Alves looking for Neymar, clawed away! That is a big save,

:28:54.:29:01.

actually! A free header, a terrific save, acrobatics denied him!

:29:02.:29:10.

He made the save to keep out Thomas Muller! Good save by Tim Howard!

:29:11.:29:25.

Ronaldo, great save! Di Maria has gone for it! Splendid save!

:29:26.:29:40.

him! -- Bravo. Neuer has come a long way, he gets it right every single

:29:41.:30:04.

time! Brilliant save. Sanchez. Saved again

:30:05.:30:23.

by Cesar! Well done the goalkeepers. Some sad news to report. Real Madrid

:30:24.:30:38.

great is in a coma. Di Stefano had to be revived by paramedics after

:30:39.:30:46.

falling ill whilst with his family. The Argentinan-born player scored in

:30:47.:30:51.

each of Real Madrid's five successive European Cup wins between

:30:52.:30:57.

1956 and 1960. What a great player he was too. There is plenty of sport

:30:58.:31:03.

to look forward to tomorrow. We have live coverage of the British Grand

:31:04.:31:10.

Prix on BBC Two from 12.00pm. Over on BBC One the build-up to the men's

:31:11.:31:17.

final at Wimbledon. It gets underway at 1.00pm. Looking into the

:31:18.:31:23.

second-half. I mean, it's, the first goal is always massively important

:31:24.:31:29.

in these games, isn't it, obviously. If Costa Rica can hold it the Dutch

:31:30.:31:39.

will get more nervous. The Dutch move it quicker. They had

:31:40.:31:41.

opportunities in the first-half. They will get further opportunities.

:31:42.:31:46.

It's very difficult to envisage Costa Rica having the same sort of

:31:47.:31:49.

energy in the second-half as they have had in the first. What we have

:31:50.:31:53.

seen, Alan, in most of this tournament, certainly the knockout

:31:54.:31:58.

stages, however tight it has been the so-called "big team" the

:31:59.:32:01.

favourites have found a way? Absolutely. Holland will be content

:32:02.:32:05.

if Costa Rica keep coming at them. They can sit and have the passes.

:32:06.:32:10.

They might say, OK, come and get your four or five men forward, move

:32:11.:32:15.

the ball quicker and forward. Lift your head up, is your first thought,

:32:16.:32:19.

get the ball into the final third. That is where they will get success.

:32:20.:32:24.

Louis van Gaal made good substitutions in games before?

:32:25.:32:27.

Exactly. If Huntelaar comes on, he is not going to need two chances. He

:32:28.:32:31.

puts the ball in the back of the net. Costa Rica are are looking more

:32:32.:32:35.

comfortable as the half went on in terms of getting into their shape

:32:36.:32:39.

and containing Holland. I think the longer the game goes on, I think

:32:40.:32:42.

they will be more content and looking to go to penalties. This

:32:43.:32:46.

could get very exciting. Let us rejoin Danny Murphy and Guy Mowbray.

:32:47.:32:52.

COMMENTATOR: Thank you very much, Gary. Just in the nick of time for

:32:53.:32:59.

the start of the second-half. 10 of the dozen goals that the Dutch have

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scored at this World Cup have come after the first 45 minutes is up.

:33:04.:33:08.

Costa Rica know what is coming. They will have to weather a storm at some

:33:09.:33:13.

stage. It's dangerous taking the lead against the Netherlands, they

:33:14.:33:16.

keep coming from behind? I think Costa Rica would love that

:33:17.:33:20.

opportunity to defend a lead. I sense it will get more and more

:33:21.:33:30.

intense, the Dutch pressure. The legs will get tired with all that

:33:31.:33:35.

defending. A hook towards van Persie. Robben's down. He was sent

:33:36.:33:41.

down, the referee had to look a long way to see that, but

:33:42.:33:52.

Robben attacking Junior Diaz. Three in fact

:33:53.:34:07.

What do you think the key message would have been from Louis van Gaal

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in particular? Play with more tempo. Try to make things happen quicker.

:34:20.:34:23.

Get the ball down. Keep the pressure on. Don't give them the chance to

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get back in shape. Doesn't seem to be a tactical change at the moment.

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Both teams seemed to have be a tactical change at the moment.

:34:31.:34:45.

the same way. Bolanos, gets there. Stefan de Vrij gets there at the

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same time. I think there might come a point in the game, like Rio said

:34:51.:34:56.

in the studio, a second striker to put Robben up there with van Persie.

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Play two up high. Good weight on that ball away from Dirk Kuyt.

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Cillessen ready for the cross. Ever ready goalkeeper, having not had a

:35:14.:35:14.

lot to do. Talking of the other goalkeeper, as

:35:15.:35:31.

we were at half-time, when Costa Rica first got to the World Cup in

:35:32.:35:37.

the 1990 their procession was down that their keeper, who is now their

:35:38.:35:45.

keeper/coach. They are keeping it in the football family. Passing on

:35:46.:35:47.

experience as well, isn't it? Invaluable, players who have been

:35:48.:35:58.

there. Dutch doing the same with Daley Blind. The second proved one

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too many. Blind. Costa Rica's throw-in.

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Campbell, nice bounce Forced to turn.

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Stefan de Vrij 22, has already captained the nation aal team. Shows

:37:05.:37:12.

how highly they must think of him to how highly they must think of him

:37:13.:37:16.

captain your country at 22 years of age. The ball goes back to

:37:17.:37:19.

Cillessen. I wonder how long Louis van Gaal

:37:20.:37:45.

will leave it alone? He has hunt hundred on the bench who could

:37:46.:37:50.

partner van Persie, scored the winning penalty so calmly against

:37:51.:37:52.

Mexico. partner van Persie, scored the

:37:53.:37:53.

winning penalty so calmly against He could tweak the formation with the

:37:54.:37:55.

players he has on the pitch of course. I don't think it will be too

:37:56.:37:57.

much longer. Knocked on by Robben, not to a

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team-mate, it's straight out. A slow start to the second-half proceedings

:38:12.:38:17.

in Salvador. I think that is a point that was made about so much at stake

:38:18.:38:23.

now that it's one mistake and you are out. The games are getting a

:38:24.:38:26.

little slower. A little bit more tetchy at times. Yeah, cautious. I

:38:27.:38:32.

mean, the Dutch need to be... I think they have every intention to

:38:33.:38:36.

try and go and win the game. Just to play with a bit more pace and

:38:37.:38:40.

intensity to get the attacks moving a bit more quickly. Otherwise, it

:38:41.:38:46.

gives Costa Rica players the chance to spoil. The chance to get back in.

:38:47.:38:50.

Get the front-line of five we talked about. Very difficult to break down

:38:51.:38:55.

a packed defence if you are playing slowly. Robben, Kuyt went forward

:38:56.:39:01.

this time. Robben is taken out. He went a long way through the air, I

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think with justification that time. Caught in between Umana and, who has

:39:07.:39:11.

a yellow card, Michael Umana. Junior Diaz was on the other half of the

:39:12.:39:26.

sandwich. Yeah, I think that's - thou shall not pass. I think he was

:39:27.:39:34.

lucky there. Diaz was already on a yellow. It's Umana's first of the

:39:35.:39:41.

tournament. If you hadn't been booked going into the quarter-final

:39:42.:39:47.

you do essentially get one for free. Single yellow cards get wiped out

:39:48.:39:53.

after this stage. You might might as well use it. There speaks a pro. If

:39:54.:40:00.

you know it will be wiped, you are allowed a free one again, why not!

:40:01.:40:07.

Robben to take the free-kick. The jostling is just inside the penalty

:40:08.:40:08.

area. Robben, something different to

:40:09.:40:17.

Sneijder. He didn't really have a sight. Bryan Ruiz was half in his

:40:18.:40:22.

way. He still let fly with some conviction. A clever free-kick. I've

:40:23.:40:27.

seen it used quite a lot. Tries to pull round. Bryan Ruiz, clever

:40:28.:40:32.

player, has probably done that free-kick many times himself. Very

:40:33.:40:37.

aware, very sharp. Good defensive play from Bryan. Some Fulham fans

:40:38.:40:43.

will be saying - say that again! Yeah. Just kept in by Gamboa.

:40:44.:40:50.

Campbell, uses his strength against Ron Vlaar, who will win in the end,

:40:51.:40:53.

if it is about strength. Acosta. Slotted in nicely into the

:40:54.:41:37.

gap left by the suspended Oscar Duarte. Offside, Campbell. Went too

:41:38.:41:43.

early. The Dutch will need to start to press higher. Trying to win the

:41:44.:41:48.

Bala bit higher up the pitch. They can't be - it's not a group

:41:49.:41:50.

Bala bit higher up the pitch. They where you can be content with 0-0.

:41:51.:41:55.

They have to take risks and push on soon and take a grasp of the game.

:41:56.:42:00.

Do you think there is a sense at the moment, watching them, they know the

:42:01.:42:03.

chance will come eventually? Maybe. That is a risk in itself. As we saw

:42:04.:42:08.

in the first-half, it's one set play, clever set play to the back

:42:09.:42:12.

post. One defensive lapse you can be out of the tournament. I'd like to

:42:13.:42:17.

see them push up the pitch 20 yards everywhere and maybe press the Bala

:42:18.:42:22.

bit higher. Go and try and win the game.

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Forced to turn this way and that by Celso Borges.

:42:29.:42:39.

Robben, off he goes. Managed to poke it through to van Persie. A really

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good block tackle. It will be a Dutch corner. Gonzalez, again.

:42:53.:43:14.

Navas, forced to go back towards his goal. It's blocked by, first of all,

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Diaz, then headed away. Reasonably decriesively. Now it will be a Costa

:43:24.:43:27.

Rica throw. They have defended another one. They have looked

:43:28.:43:31.

comfortable defending set plays. Well-organised, good height.

:43:32.:43:39.

Clean sheets against England. Dead rubber effectively, certainly was

:43:40.:43:46.

against England. Against Italy in the Group stage. Only conceded one

:43:47.:43:51.

against Uruguay and only conceded in the last seconds against Greece.

:43:52.:43:59.

Defenders who play in Norway and Costa Rica.

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They are not what you consider clubs from the top of

:44:12.:44:20.

They are not what you consider clubs Certainly well-organised. Well

:44:21.:44:22.

disciplined. Passionate. You can tell they have been trained really

:44:23.:44:26.

well. Organised by the manager in that line of five or three.

:44:27.:44:37.

So far, in the second-half, not really been troubled. Gonzalez. Nice

:44:38.:44:49.

cushioned header from Blind to Jasper Cillessen.

:44:50.:45:00.

Looking down for signs of the Netherlands bench. Nobody is

:45:01.:45:06.

doing stretching or warming up for them. The Costa Rica substitutes

:45:07.:45:13.

are. Up towards van Persie. Gonzalez. Good positioning once

:45:14.:45:17.

more. Robben, with his head down. Lovely

:45:18.:45:40.

jump and nice bit of control to keep the attack going. Dirk Kuyt is up

:45:41.:45:46.

there. He was blocked bygone gone, who is having a (inaudible) Sneijder

:45:47.:45:53.

sees the passes. He opens them up. The one who has the vision. As soon

:45:54.:46:00.

as he gets his feet, Robben makes his runs. Van Persie makes his runs.

:46:01.:46:24.

Nice ball through to Blind. He put the brakes on successfully. They did

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just force Diaz into a panic, behind for the corner. He wasn't sure where

:46:34.:46:40.

Robben was. Better to be safe than sorry. Enjoying this one.

:46:41.:47:15.

athleticism from Robben. Supremely fit, Arjen Robben, he seems to

:47:16.:47:19.

expend twice as much energy as anybody else in his style of play,

:47:20.:47:23.

doing things in the fast forward. He has worked hard to keep his fitness,

:47:24.:47:26.

doing things in the fast forward. He because of his injuries. He has

:47:27.:47:30.

worked because of his injuries. He has

:47:31.:47:35.

fitness guys. Costa Rica on the charge, Campbell goes down, referee

:47:36.:47:39.

is not interested at all. Nobody could have had a better view than

:47:40.:47:41.

him. Van Persie, that is a push into could have had a better view than

:47:42.:47:47.

the back of Gonzalez, that is a sign of just how careful the Netherlands

:47:48.:47:53.

have to be. That is what I was talking about earlier, it only takes

:47:54.:47:57.

one breakaway, one bad refereeing decision and you are chasing

:47:58.:48:02.

one breakaway, one bad refereeing game. He is a little bit

:48:03.:48:03.

one breakaway, one bad refereeing little nudge, not an to send him

:48:04.:48:11.

over in my opinion. No attempt to play the ball. No, I don't think it

:48:12.:48:13.

was a penalty, though. A little spell for Costa Rica, that

:48:14.:48:24.

will be a free kick, De Vrij slamming into a side. -- into his

:48:25.:48:34.

side. Well, if it has been a little bit too pedestrian for your tastes

:48:35.:48:38.

back home, think what a Costa Rica goal could do for it! Goodness me,

:48:39.:48:43.

the game would have to come alive. The Dutch would have to be bold,

:48:44.:48:45.

courageous, throw men forward. I do not think you are alone in this

:48:46.:48:58.

stadium. Talking about set plays in the first half, this is definitely

:48:59.:49:01.

an avenue they can have some joy with. Really inventive on the one

:49:02.:49:04.

earlier. Bolanos has been the free kick

:49:05.:49:13.

master so far, but it looks like he's going to be again, he ordered

:49:14.:49:23.

Borges away. Campbell trying to take Blind out of it. Just a dummy run.

:49:24.:49:36.

The signal has gone up from Bolanos, and he goes for gold. I had a little

:49:37.:49:44.

feeling they were trying the double bluff there. He won't try it again.

:49:45.:49:51.

feeling they were trying the double Yes, a little bit adventurous, to

:49:52.:49:54.

say the least. At least he is looking and thinking, can I catch

:49:55.:50:00.

them off-guard? That was a tad ambitious. Half expecting Gamboa to

:50:01.:50:04.

come in from the side and hit it. ambitious. Half expecting Gamboa to

:50:05.:50:11.

Sneijder deal Martins Indi. -- to. There is an gangster about the

:50:12.:50:18.

Netherlands' play. It is just a There is an gangster about the

:50:19.:50:27.

little bit slow, Guy, no urgency. I think they think they have so much

:50:28.:50:29.

control that they don't really need to play with that tempo. Sneijder is

:50:30.:50:36.

trying to hurry it up now. Van Persie is offside. It will not be a

:50:37.:50:42.

corner, it will be a free kick for Costa Rica. 18 second-half minutes

:50:43.:50:51.

played. Yes, not much change from the first half. He has gone early

:50:52.:50:55.

again, you could argue Sneijder played it too late, but I think he

:50:56.:51:00.

made his run to early. The obvious way to see a change in tempo, if

:51:01.:51:04.

they go a goal down, you would see everyone pressing more and playing

:51:05.:51:08.

much quicker. Or a substitution, you know, take some risks. Huntelaar has

:51:09.:51:19.

been jogging ever so gently, he has just made his way down the tunnel, I

:51:20.:51:21.

am sure just temporarily. A block, Martins Indi on Ruiz, Ruiz

:51:22.:51:31.

is calling form or that the free kick he has been awarded, and he is

:51:32.:51:35.

going to get his wish - it will be a yellow card for Bruno Martins Indi.

:51:36.:51:48.

Yeah, the same as the Robben one earlier. He grabbed him around the

:51:49.:52:00.

midriff, brought down. Another Bolanos ball into come for Costa

:52:01.:52:05.

Rica. It looks like they will blink first in terms of substitutes.

:52:06.:52:11.

Jorge Luis Pinto is going to make a change. The free kick comes in, and

:52:12.:52:19.

Cillessen stays back, and it is over the top. That is what I'm about,

:52:20.:52:25.

Guy, that is exactly the type of thing that Holland have to be

:52:26.:52:33.

careful of. Good defending from Vlaar. Yeah, really good, did not

:52:34.:52:38.

give Gonzalez enough space to have a free header, but he was the target.

:52:39.:52:43.

Costa Rica bringing a strike on, Marko -- Marco Urena, as soon as the

:52:44.:53:02.

opportunity arises. The referee has not swivelled his head to see him,

:53:03.:53:06.

but he has just got the message via the wonders of technology, a

:53:07.:53:11.

straight swap, Campbell off, Urena one. He came on to score against

:53:12.:53:20.

Uruguay in their opening 3-1 win. I am a little bit surprised, he looks

:53:21.:53:24.

a little bit lately, but he has got the capability on a breakaway to

:53:25.:53:25.

beat people and score a goal. The does not look a happy boy. No.

:53:26.:53:43.

He scored at the World Cup having not scored a league goal for

:53:44.:53:51.

Krasnodar in three league seasons, although he has not started the last

:53:52.:53:52.

two. He has not scored a goal in the last

:53:53.:54:03.

three seasons? He has not started a league game in the last two seasons,

:54:04.:54:08.

but he is still there. Somewhat confusing, why he is in the national

:54:09.:54:13.

squad if he is not playing. He is on the ball now. Good ball too from

:54:14.:54:20.

Urena, just a little bit too hard to be controlled by Borges, but he has

:54:21.:54:28.

started brightly, full of energy. Just a little too deep by Gamboa. He

:54:29.:54:34.

had the room, he had it all laid out in front of him. Yes, good effort

:54:35.:54:41.

from Gamboa, getting forward into areas, the attacking third. He just

:54:42.:54:47.

overhit it a little bit. The first time they got a few men in the box

:54:48.:54:52.

in a little while. Blasted up by Diaz. Easy for Cillessen. And we

:54:53.:55:00.

have just over a quarter of the game to go. Unless, of course, we don't

:55:01.:55:06.

see a goal, and then we have got plenty more to go!

:55:07.:55:19.

Great tracking from Tejeda, he got there in the nick of time to help

:55:20.:55:26.

out his defenders. It is a there in the nick of time to help

:55:27.:55:31.

move. Robben coming in on the left foot we have seen so many times, a

:55:32.:55:37.

little give and go, what you want from your midfielder, get back in,

:55:38.:55:38.

spot the danger. Offside, Van Persie. We have said

:55:39.:56:07.

that quite a few times. Yeah, he always plays on the shoulder, Robin

:56:08.:56:10.

van Persie, but normally you don't see him get caught, but he has

:56:11.:56:17.

tonight. It remains Netherlands 0, Costa Rica 0. A team playing in its

:56:18.:56:25.

tenth World Cup, three times runners-up, always the bridesmaids,

:56:26.:56:30.

the Dutch. The Costa Rica team are playing just their fourth Cup, this

:56:31.:56:33.

is only the second time they have got out of the group, and did this

:56:34.:56:37.

is already the furthest they have got.

:56:38.:56:45.

Gamboa has gone down, and I think it was the way he landed. He jumped

:56:46.:56:50.

with Daley Blind. No blame attached to him. Gamboa attacked it, and as

:56:51.:56:57.

soon as he hits the deck, he crumbled. You looks as though he is

:56:58.:57:03.

in pain. It would be a huge blow for them, he is a great outlet

:57:04.:57:20.

down the side, Gamboa. It looks it could be his Achilles.

:57:21.:57:28.

down the side, Gamboa. It looks jarred badly. Yeah. Words between

:57:29.:57:33.

Cillessen and Urena, and not particularly friendly ones.

:57:34.:57:40.

I hope we can see Gamboa comeback on. -- come back on. He

:57:41.:57:51.

knee injury, but I think it is a bit lower down. I think so, he might

:57:52.:57:56.

just need a minute or two to get himself together. Van Gaal

:57:57.:58:00.

unruffled, the expression rarely changes. You looks remarkably calm

:58:01.:58:03.

and cool, actually. -- he looks. would expect some type of change

:58:04.:58:14.

from him shortly, whether personnel or tactical. It seems as if he is

:58:15.:58:18.

challenging himself, how long he dare wait! Yeah, maybe! Martins

:58:19.:58:22.

Indi. Gamboa is

:58:23.:58:32.

just trotting up and down the touchline, as Vlaar plays it all the

:58:33.:58:35.

way out to Dirk Kuyt. touchline, as Vlaar plays it all the

:58:36.:58:42.

frustrated, that is out for a Costa Rica throw, and here comes Cristian

:58:43.:58:48.

Gamboa. It was just a jar, temporary pain. Yeah, let's hope so, good to

:58:49.:58:57.

see him back. They still have good substitutions, thankfully, if they

:58:58.:59:01.

do need them, but he has definitely been one of their brighter players

:59:02.:59:02.

this evening. A lovely touch from Urena, and

:59:03.:59:06.

Bolanos is onto this! De Vrij made sure it did not reach

:59:07.:59:22.

Urena, or Borges, who had made a run from midfield. Tejeda is moving

:59:23.:59:26.

forward, so Costa Rica must be in a good place. He missed his chance of

:59:27.:59:30.

a shot, I thought the chip might be on the bend in the far corner.

:59:31.:59:36.

Martins Indi, shoulder to shoulder with Bryan Ruiz, Cillessen get it

:59:37.:59:41.

out to Daley Blind. Just got behind that Dutch backline for one of the

:59:42.:59:46.

first times in the half, I thought he could have taken it on, tried

:59:47.:59:47.

something a bit more inventive. You can feel the nerves creeping

:59:48.:00:02.

into the game more and more now from both teams.

:00:03.:00:07.

18 minutes of the 90 two go, and we are moving towards one mistake and

:00:08.:00:17.

you are done territory. It is a difficult place as a player, that,

:00:18.:00:20.

you are done territory. It is a especially the back lads. You don't

:00:21.:00:25.

want to be the one to make the mistake, lose your man, give the

:00:26.:00:27.

ball away. for the little deflection up off

:00:28.:00:37.

Gonzalez. Who is defending well. Robben, doesn't mind going backwards

:00:38.:01:00.

to come forwards. Cool tackle by Gamboa, not so sure about his second

:01:01.:01:05.

attempt to keep it in. Looks all right. Helped out by Acosta. Ruiz,

:01:06.:01:15.

dangerous play, boots raised high by Gamboa. He has come back on with

:01:16.:01:20.

something extra in his step, a little bit too much fire. That was a

:01:21.:01:36.

bit rash. Dangerous play. Sneijder with the Netherland's free-kick.

:01:37.:01:42.

Spice into the game now. There is a feeling it has intensified.

:01:43.:01:51.

Sneijder, in. What a free-kick. The header is over. Couldn't have

:01:52.:02:00.

delivered it any better. No. Terrific pace. Vlaar just gets under

:02:01.:02:10.

it. Needed a lesser of a touch, a bit more of a glance. Can see a

:02:11.:02:21.

Netherland's change imminent. Jeremain Lens is going to come on. A

:02:22.:02:23.

striking option. It has not been rip roaring, but it

:02:24.:02:48.

's a game that has something about it. You have to admire what Costa

:02:49.:02:52.

Rica have done. Defended well, played to their strength. Tried to

:02:53.:02:55.

counter-attack the Dutch when they can. It's up to the Dutch to break

:02:56.:03:00.

them down and show their quality. Which, as of now, they haven't done.

:03:01.:03:10.

Depay looks shattered. On his place comes Lens. Yeah. He's not been

:03:11.:03:22.

great. Looks like, like-for-like, in terms of position. Van Persie finds

:03:23.:03:26.

Blind. Lens first run. Can't quite get the

:03:27.:03:36.

legs moving freely just yet. That is Tejeda. I noticed a few

:03:37.:04:15.

moments ago they had number 22 ready. He has come on three times.

:04:16.:04:20.

He sat back down and put a bib over his shirt. Robben runs into Diaz.

:04:21.:04:33.

Netherlands get the throw-in. This is where it's a bit slow. Too many

:04:34.:04:45.

touches. Lethargic with the passing. Robben breezes past the first

:04:46.:04:49.

obstacle in his way. He wins the Netherlands a corner much they will

:04:50.:04:54.

make a change. It's Gamboa, will it? Yeah. He has not run off the knock

:04:55.:05:05.

he got. It will be a straight swap. Myrie is coming on. Keep giving the

:05:06.:05:12.

ball to Robben. Let him be the one who beats people, injects that pace

:05:13.:05:17.

into the Gamboa looks game. Broken, mentally and physically here. This

:05:18.:05:24.

is the - he kind of jarred it. He Scotland Yard something, like a

:05:25.:05:29.

straight leg. Straight leg and the heel went into the ground. So it

:05:30.:05:34.

could be numerous things. He has certainly tried his best to give it

:05:35.:05:40.

a go, didn't he? He's played well. He had a good tournament. I wonder

:05:41.:05:46.

how ready Myrie will be. He was called up late into the squad

:05:47.:05:50.

following an injury. This will be his competitive debut. Played a

:05:51.:05:54.

dozen times, but only in friendly internationals. What a game to come

:05:55.:06:01.

into, World Cup quarter-final, minutes remaining. There can't be

:06:02.:06:06.

many players who made their competitive debut in a World Cup

:06:07.:06:13.

quarter-final. A player who was sent off twice in the first three amongst

:06:14.:06:19.

of the Costa Rican season gone. I didn't find that one myself. In from

:06:20.:06:23.

Robben. Headed away by Diaz. Robben, surely the Netherlands need

:06:24.:06:46.

him on the ball more Robben, surely the Netherlands need

:06:47.:06:53.

they are going to win through to a semi-final against Argentina. For

:06:54.:06:58.

sure. Diaz not deceived by the dummy cross. Made a bit of room now.

:06:59.:07:09.

Offside flag is up against Lens. A good save by Navas anyway. Yeah. He

:07:10.:07:13.

wasn't to know. Stepped up quite well, the backline. It's really

:07:14.:07:19.

close. Probably just about the right decision. That man, Navas, again.

:07:20.:07:24.

It's like watching a decision. That man, Navas, again.

:07:25.:07:26.

him in goal. Everything off him, decision. That man, Navas, again.

:07:27.:07:35.

is stuff of fairytales. He has not had much to do this

:07:36.:07:39.

is stuff of fairytales. He has not going to say that. Tim Howard did

:07:40.:07:40.

the going to say that. Tim Howard did

:07:41.:07:44.

he had to do he did, remarkable performance. One of

:07:45.:07:45.

he had to do he did, remarkable second-half he hasn't been

:07:46.:07:53.

he had to do he did, remarkable busy, credit to the Costa Rica team.

:07:54.:07:55.

We thought they might tire. At the moment, they look OK.

:07:56.:08:03.

Up towards Bryan Ruiz. The ball won't break for Urena. Lovely lay

:08:04.:08:18.

off to Lens. Sneijder has made a run here. Robben, down. Free-kick.

:08:19.:08:25.

Yellow card. Right on the limits of the penalty area. It was almost on

:08:26.:08:26.

the line. the penalty area. It was almost on

:08:27.:08:34.

didn't he? Good feet from Robben. A bit of a tired lunge from Gonzalez.

:08:35.:08:42.

Free-kick, yellow card. Right decision. If Costa Rica do defy the

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odds, and reach the semi-final, he won't be playing in it. The

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odds, and reach the semi-final, he blessing is that they've already got

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their main centre-half suspended, who would be back. Duarte comes back

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in. Acosta thinks, who would be back. Duarte comes back

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incentive to win now, he stays in. He's done well. There is a long way

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to go for Costa Rica here. Wesley Sneijder with the Netherlands'

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free-kick.ment they have built a wall of four. He is peering around

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the corner of it. He tested him earlier, didn't he? Tried to give

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him the eyes. He has gone into crouch just behind that wall. Ready

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to spring. Really difficult for Sneijder. The runners are ready in

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orange too. Sneijder goes force goal! Off the post! Navas well

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beaten that time. What a free-kick! Sneijder might get on to that.

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Acosta in his way. Looking for Bolanos. Good strong

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stuff. We are set for a Grandstand finish here. Arjen Robben, taking

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three defenders with him. Stopped by Diaz. Look how quickly he is on the

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ball again. Shirt being tugged by Bolanos. This is the free-kick. Goes

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over the wall. Brilliant technique. Give Navas credit he was almost

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there. If it was on target he might have got a hand on it. Very little

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battle from those two on set plays this evening. Riding their luck now

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the Costa Rica team. Arjen Robben, with the latest chance to deliver

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something pretty special. Van Persie wanted it played in quickly. Managed

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to free himself of any markers there. Over him this time. Off the

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head of Gonzalez. Navas didn't get cleanly to it. Van Persie. Lovely

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turn. Navas blocks. Kuyt is prevented. Costa Rica, clear. Can't

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keep it in. That man, Navas again. I feel like we are repeating ourselves

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a bit. Which Navas did you expect to star in the World Cup. Keylor is

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brilliant. Great skill from van Persie.

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This is a Netherlands side that was one done to Mexico last Sunday and

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scored in the 88th minute before Robben won his penalty. Huntelaar

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converted. 90 plus 4 the official timing. Fourth minute of

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injury-time. Now, van Persie. He managed to pull it down. He couldn't

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quite get the ball set in front of him. The pressure is building. This

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is the chance from earlier, van Persie's right-foot. Gets down well

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to his right hand side. Cleared the danger. The free-kick from Sneijder,

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wonderful effort. Navas knew he had to get that pace to make sure he

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couldn't get across. The pace was everything. That is the only way you

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could have beaten him from there. The wall could have done more

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actually, and jumped, technically a free-kick. Neuer might be running

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Navas pretty close. I was going to say. Tejeda, couldn't take it and

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run. Myrie, finds Ruiz, good tackle that from Robben. Snuffed out the

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threat, straightaway. Yeah, well played Robben. Busy off and on the

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ball. Working back for his team. Showing intent, desire. Four minutes

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of the 90 to go. Myrie got the call from Acosta to leave it to him. Lens

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was offside anyway. You might have been sitting back for most of it, it

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might be edge of the seat time for the rest. I'm surprised there has

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not been a change in formation from the Dutch. Even though they are

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controlling the game, in terms of possession, they are not really

:14:10.:14:13.

making lots of chances and opening them up. They are more half chances.

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We've seen, in previouses games, Louis van Gaal, make changes that

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have affected the game. There is a lack of urgency, there really is. It

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doesn't feel like the quarter-final of a World Cup. Is at stake. A

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semi-final is at stake. Lens. Holds up Acosta. Takes on Gonzalez. He has

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had a super match. You took the words out of my mouth. He has been

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the pick of the defenders. Been everywhere. Giancarlo Gonzalez of

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Columbus Crew. He has two bookings now.

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It is not often that the orange army of Dutch supporters are outsung. Van

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Persie has misted! Surely he just had to make contact! They don't not

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know what has happened. I cannot believe he has missed it. I thought

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it might be a penalty, but I think he has just missed. What a ball from

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Sneijder. For a man of his quality, it is a huge mess. Robin van Persie

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with a goal on a plate. I think the defender just put off little bit. --

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put him off a little bit. But that is as good a chance as we have seen

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tonight, and if you wanted it to fall to one man, it would be him.

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tonight, and if you wanted it to Less than 90 seconds of the 90

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minutes to go, and then whatever is added on. Offside, Lens. The

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Netherlands have failed to win any of their four World Cup matches that

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have gone into extra time. Well... It could change!

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Snide again, he has been the one this half. -- Sneijder. Bolanos

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still battling away. Van Persie beaten to the ball by the

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interesting. Van Persie beaten to the ball by the

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-- Acosta. He had to do better there Van Persie beaten to the ball by the

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for his team, take it Van Persie beaten to the ball by the

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a throw in. Four minutes, it will be a long four minutes for

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Robben has got the momentum for a run at Diaz, and Diaz has brought

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him down. Diaz is in the book. He is surely going here. The referee has

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just looked down to check the number. He is letting off. I think

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he is, you know. Well, that is incredible. I think if he was going

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he is, you know. Well, that is by the letter of the law, it

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he is, you know. Well, that is yellow card, but

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he is, you know. Well, that is malicious. I do not like to see

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players get yellows for that, really. We can't afford to even

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slightly missed time that. No, I know. He is lucky, for sure he is

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lucky. What he has done is give away a free kick to the Netherlands, and

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Van Persie. Well, he couldn't score could run out.

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Van Persie. Well, he couldn't score from two yards out, how about from

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the angle of from two yards out, how about from

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we have seen from Navas, he will have to hit a worldie. We have seen

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him score them from there before. We have. Robin van

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him score them from there before. We ready. Iodine, straight at the

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gloves of Navas. -- fired in. Lovely ball in! Missed by everybody!

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Incredible scramble! De Vrij has run

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again, isn't it? How on earth did that not going in -- not go in?!

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again, isn't it? How on earth did Tejeda on the post! Sometimes you

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start getting a feeling. Could it be Navas' night?

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start getting a feeling. Could it be way to go, if it goes to extra time,

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but... He needs to blink that out. That came off one defender, then

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onto the defender on the line, who mis-kicked it onto the bar, and

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Robin van Persie must be thinking, what does he have to do?

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Robin van Persie must be thinking, minutes of injury time played, the

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board said four. Up towards Van Persie again,

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Gonzalez' header straight to Robben. He finds his balance and finds

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Sneijder. Sneijder is looking for Kuyt. Bolanos dropped back in.

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Kuyt, a measured ball. Gonzalez is there every time. He has been a

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rock. He has got to keep the ball better, come back, get some passes

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in! The flag is up against Arjen Robben, and I think time might be up

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for the Netherlands. They will be forced into extra time here. And we

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still don't know whether or not they will be forced out of the World Cup.

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Robben actually was not offside, comfortably on. I think he has to do

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more for his team, get hold of the ball. Well, in the stadium where the

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Netherlands began their campaign with a 5-1 win over defending world

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champions Wayne, they have been held to a goalless draw against Costa

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Rica. -- Spain. We are going to extra time. 0-0 in Salvador.

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Extra time it is, and somehow Costa Rica holding onto the end of there,

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it just shows you, if you wait long enough, you get excitement in the

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end, especially at the World Cup. Knockout, extra time, the

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possibility of penalties, stick with us, it could get really exciting in

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extra time, as we have seen in so many times at this tournament. It

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seemed to open up at the end. many times at this tournament. It

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Absolutely, the first was a bit poor, the second half was a

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nonevent, then it came to light. The biggest scramble you have ever seen

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at the end, Sneijder had a great shot, a great ball in to Van Persie,

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and the Dutch had four great chances but failed to convert. The Dutch

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work very poor for much of that second half, and as soon as they

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picked their heads up and moved the ball a lot quicker, that is when

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they started causing problems. When Sneijder was able to pick his head

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up, their first thought was passing it forward. That is when they had

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their chances. This was close! I just cannot believe that ability.

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The keeper was not getting that! I think Navas has been

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unbelievable, the goalkeepers have had a great tournament. Navas is in

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the way again. I think Gonzalez, the centre half for Costa Rica, deserves

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a special mention, he has been fantastic. A great ball, how does he

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miss this?! I think he goes with the wrong foot, his balance is wrong. He

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hits it with his left. It is not like his left foot is poor.

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hits it with his left. It is not exactly! In the last five minutes,

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he should have had a hat-trick, Van Persie. This is the scramble, one,

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two, three, four, one of the great clearances off the bar! Absolutely

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amazing. Your former team-mate has probably not enjoyed that very

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much. Chances are coming, he will be thinking, I am getting chances, I am

:24:48.:24:52.

happy with that. As a forward, as long as you are getting the chances,

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fine. Sneijder has been the best player, brilliant. What we have seen

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in some of these games in the two and is that sometimes the smaller

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nations have hung on and hang on, and then it is almost like, we have

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done it, then they have conceded goals pretty quickly in extra time.

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We may see the same again, we may not. The team that are expected to

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win have realised, coming to 85 minutes, one mistake and they are

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out. So you have to go for it, by gambling a little bit. Gary is right

:25:26.:25:29.

in what he is saying, there is always an exception to that rule. In

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this game, we talked about the energy levels of Costa Rica and said

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that they could not keep going in the second half as well as they did

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in the first half, but they did. They kept on going and going, Rio,

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didn't they? Costa Rica look out on their feet, towards the end of that

:25:47.:25:53.

half they were camped in their box. This is the problem that you have

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got with Holland, though, passing it slow, coming into the last 15

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minutes or so, I am saying one mistake, and that could just be the

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mistake, a little nudge. I have just seen a Dutch goalkeeper, first-time

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for about an and 20 minutes! Look, what a resilient bunch this art.

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Great spirit. Their determination not to be beaten. I think it has

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been said, they have got a great attitude, they have got a work

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ethic, they are all prepared to put a shift in. If you do that, you have

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got a chance. They are organised, drilled, they have got great

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communication, a never say die attitude. Rio, the Dutch are walking

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around, looking refreshed, Van Gaal saying, get up, the Costa Rica

:26:46.:26:51.

players are lying on their backs. Sometimes that comes from the

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managers, get out early, show that you are ready, wait for them on the

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pitch, they will see you waiting. It might also be that once you have

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been working hard, the other team have not, the energy levels of Costa

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Rica... At this stage, we have seen it in the games before, experience

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tells, and the Dutch experience, they are composed. They have got to

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do what they did in the last ten minutes, keep the pressure on,

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forced the play, move the ball quicker, make the forward pass,

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rather than backwards. When they did that, they caused problems. I think

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the Costa Ricans will hope for penalties now. As they showed in the

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last round, they are not bad at those, and the Dutch have not got a

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great track record. And they have also got a great keeper, the Costa

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Ricans! They are changing ends for another 30 minutes. It is all Danny

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Murphy's and Guy Mowbray's. Thank you, Gary. Costa Rica is one

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of the few sovereign nations in the world without an army. They have got

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some fighters. Proving themselves every step of the way in this World

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Cup. How fit is Bryan Ruiz, Danny? Can he run all night? Nope! Do you

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know what? We need to praise them for getting to this point, because

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I, like many others, did not think they would get anywhere near the

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Dutch tonight. The Dutch have disappointed, they have not played

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with great urgency, but that backline, they have defended like

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heroes, honestly. Gonzalez especially, as Rio said in the

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studio, has been absolutely immense. Can they hold out for another half

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an hour? Stefan de Vrij on the ball for the Netherlands, no changes in

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terms of the players at there for now. Costa Rica have one

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substitution left, Louis van Gaal has two available, one of them being

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Huntelaar. I think we has two available, one of them being

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Argentina players will be supporting now. They are waving Costa Rican

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flags right now. Robben De mise is way out of it,

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which side of the flag has that gone? -- dummies.

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which side of the flag has that Messi waving his little flag around,

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can you?! If they have travelled Robben hadn't

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correctly. It Robben hadn't

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Persie running together. A clever Both onside. I think they are.

:30:23.:30:31.

Sometimes when you are so quick and get ahead of play so quickly, you

:30:32.:30:35.

look like you're offside and you're not. Victim of his own pace, if you

:30:36.:30:38.

like. Something I never suffered from, I can assure you of that! From

:30:39.:30:44.

Kurdistan the assistant referee on that far side. He has had a busy

:30:45.:30:46.

night. Lens finds van Persie, he takes that

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nicely. One thing about Robin van Persie, he won't let the sitter

:31:00.:31:05.

affect him. The next one he will back. Timed to win the ball away.

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Here is Robben. Kuyt outside, and needed. Kuyt can't go any further

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though. It's a corner. Much of the same from the Dutch,

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pressure. Ball out to Robben. Causing problems.

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Kuyt on the move. Ron Vlaar's header. Navas across - you wouldn't

:31:37.:31:45.

expect anything else! No. I was calmly awaiting his save. A great

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header. Again, no men on the post. Something that has

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header. Again, no men on the post. in this tournament. Navas

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Sneijder in time. Navas. He has made a mistake now. Nowhere near that. He

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was allowed one at some point, wasn't he? Shouldn't be coming

:32:13.:32:20.

outside his six-yard. Absolutely no-man's land. Gets lucky. This is

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the Vlaar header. Does well. Pushes it away from danger. Laid flat on

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his back at the moment, as we look at his flying save from Vlaar again.

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He has actually missed a couple of training session this is week with a

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shoulder problem, Keylor Navas. It's his knee this time. That wouldn't be

:32:46.:32:53.

the change that Costa Rica want to make before the end. No. Goodness

:32:54.:33:04.

me. He looks calm enough does Jorge Luis Pinto. Calmish. It's reasonably

:33:05.:33:15.

genuine. He does look in trouble, doesn't he? The old magic spray. How

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fast will Patrick Pemberton's heart be beating now? Oh... It's strange

:33:22.:33:27.

sometimes the substitute, I have done it in big games myself you

:33:28.:33:32.

desperately want to get on, when your time goes - yeah, he falls on

:33:33.:33:37.

it awkwardly, doesn't he? Sometimes, as a substitute, you get that

:33:38.:33:42.

nervous feeling, adrenaline pumping through your body as you are about

:33:43.:33:45.

to come on. He won't want to come on in a situation like this. I'm sure

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they will be good friends. He will want Navas to stay. In he has played

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to brilliantly. Thankfully they are up on his feet. They have number 22

:33:55.:34:03.

waiting to come on. Sit down, Patrick, not yet. Corner in and

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headed firmly away towards Blind. Robben. Kuyt. Robben. Never going to

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get there. They are going to gamble. They obviously have the OK from the

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fizz owe that Navas will be all right. I think Bryan Ruiz might be

:34:27.:34:33.

taking issue with the change. He has just had words with the bench. He

:34:34.:34:38.

won't be the player to come off. It will be Tejeda. Cubero on in his

:34:39.:34:45.

place. Maybe Tejeda just can't run much further. He has done nearly

:34:46.:34:51.

12.5 kilometers. That is a huge amount. The team average less than

:34:52.:34:58.

10. He has done 12.4. Put a real shift in for his team. Very pleased

:34:59.:35:03.

with his performance. He hasn't stopped from minute one. Of course,

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the central midfield areas you do cover the most ground. I mean I'm

:35:11.:35:21.

going to stay that. It's statistically proven.

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going to stay that. It's Pemberton has sat down with the most

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going to stay that. It's dejected look on his face. I thought

:35:27.:35:31.

he would have been happy. Not in the fact that he is not coming on, but

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the fact his friend is OK. This might be his one and only chance of

:35:37.:35:39.

playing in a World Cup game gone. might be his one and only chance of

:35:40.:35:49.

Thrown in by Myrie. Down. What does the referee do? Nothing, he points

:35:50.:35:54.

for a goal kick. Costa Rica protest. Most throngly from the touchline,

:35:55.:36:01.

rather than the field. Vlaar is having words. I tell you what. It's

:36:02.:36:05.

a penalty. I think he has clipped his left leg. He does go down

:36:06.:36:13.

a penalty. I think he has clipped looking for it. I've seen them given

:36:14.:36:16.

in this World Cup. Definitely left leg on left leg connection. Hinge

:36:17.:36:25.

was looking, but he might have found it. -- I think he was looking, but

:36:26.:36:27.

he might have found

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Live coverage from Salvador as the Netherlands take on Costa Rica in the fourth quarter-final of the World Cup, with the last semi-final place up for grabs.


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