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Netherlands completes World Cup semifinalists with win over Costa Rica
Netherlands completes World Cup semifinalists with win over Costa Rica

Costa Rica was supposed to have gone home a long time ago. Before Brazil, it had qualified for only three World Cups, making it out of the group stage once. It was no better than the third-best qualifier from its own region. But Saturday the little Central American nation won a ton of respect — and almost came away with the berth in the World Cup semifinals — by playing the Netherlands to a scoreless draw over 120 minutes, only to lose in penalty kicks, 4-3, in Salvador, Brazil. Backup keeper Tim Krul, subbed on in the final moments of extra time for the shootout, stopped Bryan Ruiz and Michael Umana, Costa Rica's second and fifth shooters, to seal the victory. The...

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