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World Cup: the Netherlands beat Costa Rica on penalties

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World Cup: the Netherlands beat Costa Rica on penalties
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Dutch football supporters celebrated on Saturday night after a tense World Cup quarter final match against Costa Rica.

Neither side managed to score during regulation or extra time, but the Netherlands won a penalty shootout 4-3. The team will face Argentina in the semi-finals.

The Oranje fans were ecstatic and full of praise for goalkeeper Tim Krul, who came on in extra time to save two penalties.

“The Dutch goal keeper almost fell asleep, they never had a chance to score, or even shoot at the goal, so it was good,” said one fan, after watching the match in Amsterdam.

“Krul was fantastic,” enthused another supporter.

In Costa Rica, hopes had been high that the team would go through. Ranked just 28th in the world at the start of the tournament, the side overcame the so called ‘group of death’ to make it all the way to the quarter-finals.

In San Pedro, Costa Rica, supporter Marco summed up the team’s performance saying: “We did what we could. The team made it, they made history! People know that. Unfortunately, the Netherlands was obviously the better team.”