This World Cup Quarter Final was always going to be a tight affair and at the end of the first half the scoreline didn't reflect the action with the scoreline showing Netherlands 0 – Costa Rica 0.
The pace of Robben and Van Persie so far has caught the Costa Ricans on the break with fast paced runs quickly from the Dutch half through to the Costa Rican box. Costa Rica though haven't let them alter the scoreline with a white shirt blocking the goal whenever a chance came for the Dutch.
Costa Rica had a few chances, the best being a set piece that also made it over the goal-line but if they are going to stay in the match, Costa Rica need to play more attacking football and come forward, creating openings more often and with more constructive play.
The best chances definitely went the way of The Netherlands but Costa Rica can be proud of the way they've defended so far and the Costa Rician goalkeep is sure to go home a hero, no matter what the outcome of the game.
However, unless Costa Rica get a lucky chance or start opening up in attack, at the moment it's a matter of time before The Netherlands chance the scoreline and perhaps this may cause a flood of goals from an already inspired team.
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