Jorge Luis Pinto’s group were advantageous to scratch past Greece in a second-round
tie in Recife, relying on a luminosity of Navas to secure a ancestral place
in a quarter-finals. So it was maybe no warn to see them adopting a
discreet proceed from a outset, with their 3-4-3 arrangement quickly become
a some-more defensive 4-5-1 system.
The devise was straightforward. Costa Rica were peaceful to risk a Dutch having
possession and afterwards try to locate them out on a counter-attack.
It led to a heedful affair, however, and a diversion was played in a center third
of a representation during a opening 20 mins before Navas was forced into
movement for a initial time.
Dirk Kuyt valid a pivotal aggressive opening for a Dutch with a former
Liverpool midfielder regularly removing a improved of a wandering
left-back Junior Diaz. And it was Kuyt’s cranky that combined a double chance
for Robin outpost Persie and Wesley Sneijder, with both players being denied by
a automatic saves of Navas.
The Levante goalkeeper has been a explanation in Brazil, a genuine opposition to
Manuel Neuer, Tim Howard and Guillermo Ochoa as a superb series one
of a tournament, and he continued to perplex a Dutch via the
When Bryan Ruiz mislaid a round in a centre-circle to concede Van Persie to race
goalwards, it seemed as yet Costa Rica would be consumed by a call of
Van Persie deftly expelled a on-rushing Memphis Depay to his left and the
PSV Eindhoven winger had space and time to collect his spot, though once again,
Navas valid equal to a Dutch forwards by producing another excellent save.
Costa Rica were not only consumed by defensive duties, however, with the
Central Americans flourishing in certainty as a diversion developed. Wingers Joel
Campbell and Christian Bolanos offering appetite and gait down a flanks,
while midfielders Yeltsin Tejeda and Celso Borges valid some-more than a match
for their Dutch counterparts.
Bolanos roughly combined an opener for Costa Rica on 34 mins when his
free-kick, headed goalwards by Borges, brought an beyond flog from Johnny
Acosta that was privileged by Van Persie inside a 6 yard box. Whether it
was a steam inside a Arena Fonte Nova or a effects of 3 weeks
of football in Brazil, Holland lacked a zip and coercion that had carried
them to this stage.
Arjen Robben also seemed subdued. Still, a Dutch were a group many likely
to measure and it compulsory another considerable save from Navas on 39 minutes,
this time from Sneijder’s 30-yard free-kick, to keep Costa Rica on level
terms during a interval.
Costa Rica benefited from a subsidy of a neutrals in Salvador, with the
Dutch mostly booed by a throng whenever a round was played behind to
Robben was also subjected to jeers from a supporters, even when his mazy
runs were halted by Costa Rica’s martial defenders – one of whom being
Michael Umana, who was requisitioned for hacking Robben down early in a second
half. Van Persie hardly contributed and during times constructed a kind of
lifeless arrangement that typified his misfortune performances during Manchester United
Costa Rica’s solve had clearly started to impact a Dutch psychologically
and only as Van Gaal’s group began to tire, Pinto’s players upped a tempo,
only as they did when violence Uruguay in their initial diversion of a tournament.
The movement began to pitch Costa Rica’s approach and Bolanos sent a free-kick wide
from 25 yards before Giancarlo Gonzalez went agonisingly tighten to measure with
a distant post header on 68 minutes.
But Holland responded, with Sneijder rattling a post with a free-kick and
Van Persie’s distant post shot attack a bar after distinguished Tejeda. The game
ebbed and flowed, with overpowering legs heading to serve chances. Ron Vlaar had
a goalbound header saved by Navas and Sneijder struck a crossbar, with
Cillessen crucially denying Urena on 117 minutes.
But a diversion was motionless by penalties and after Van Persie, Robben, Sneijder
and Kuyt scored for a Dutch, Krul done Van Gaal’s play compensate off in