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Holland will bid to reach the semi-finals of the world cup for the second successive tournament when they on surprise package Costa Rica.
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The Dutch, along with Colombia, are the form team of the tournament after easing through a group that on paper looked difficult. Wins over Spain, Australia and Chile secured top spot and led to a last 16 time with Mexico.
The Mexican’s, like Costa Rica, were something of a surprise package at the World Cup in wake of the manner in which they secured their place in the tournament.
However for forty minutes they led the Europeans and were it not for a goal two minutes from the end and theatrics from Arjen Robben four minutes into injury time they could have knocked out Louis Van Gaal’s men.
The Dutch will not have doubt learned their lesson from the clash with the Mexican’s and they will be out to avoid more last minute drama and indeed the possibility of extra time against a Costa Rica side that will be leg weary after their penalty shoot-out success over Greece.
Having surprised the whole footballing world outside of Costa Rica by coming out of a group that contained three former World cup winners in the shape of England, Italy and Uruguay, Jorge Pinto’s men played almost 60 minutes of football with 10 men before finally beating Greece on penalties.
The Central American side are still unbeaten in the tournament and they will take great confidence from the fact they scored all their kicks in the shootout.
Costa Rica’s win over Greece came at a price with key defender Oscar Duarte sent off. The Club Brugge clubman has been outstanding for his country in Brazil but will miss the game with Holland as a result.
Los Chicos are facing something of a defensive crisis with Roy Miller also out of the game, and the rest of the tournament with a muscle injury.
Holland have some worries of their own with Wesley Sneijder struggling with a back injury while Nigel de Jong will miss this game and the rest of Netherland’s World Cup campaign with a groin injury.