Netherlands - Costa Rica
Netherlands 0 - 0 Costa Rica
The Dutch Team
Nobody was expecting a football match like this. But it did and everybody in the Netherlands were holding ther fingers crossed for a good ending.
The Dutch team was playing most of the time fooftball on the half of Costa Rica.
And like always the players from Costa Rica played on the counter. So it was very diffecult to get through the defence of Costa Rica..
And for the first time this tournament the players of the Dutch team didn't make any goal although they had enough changes.
Sneijder, van Persie, Robben and some more players had the change to score. Also some player of Costa Rica had a scorings change.
But nobody did make a goal. So after ninethy minutes it still was Netherlands 0 - 0 Costa Rica. So the players had two times 15 minutes of extra time to play. And in a game like this you have to put all your strength into it to make it al the way too the end.
But the people who were watching the game in the stadium liked it. They already were thinking maybe there are penalties.
The Dutch coach Louis van Gaal did something just before the ending of the game that nobody had expected. The firts keeper of the team, Jasper Cillisen, was replaced by the second keeper ot the Dutch team, Tim Krul. Again it was one of the things that the coach of the Dutch team, Louis van Gaal, pull out of his sleeve.
So after 120 minutes of football the two teams still didn't make any goal. Everybody now was waiting for the penalties and they all were still suprised by the change that Louis van Gaal had done.
The coach of Costa Rica, Jorge Luis Pinto, had that what he wanted. He new that this was the only way to beat the Dutch.
So penalties it was.
As always this World Cup the Dutch are a team.
THE DUTCH TEAM: ONE FOR ALL, ALL FOR ONE.
Costa Rica started with the penalties
Celso Borges 1 Robin van Persie 1
Bryan Ruiz 0 Arjen Robben 1
Giancarlo González 1 Wesley Sneijder 1
Cristian Bolaños 1 Dirk Kuyt 1
Michael Umaña 0 ---------------
Costa Rica 3 - 4 Netherlands
The man of the match Tim Krul.
Next opponent Argentina, so Argentina watch out for the DUTCH LION.