Samba Sunrise: Krul is Dutch penalty saviour
What they say
"Two star-studded teams going at each other should have produced a firecracker of a game. Instead, what we were served by Argentina and Belgium was akin to the dying embers of a malfunctioning sparkler. It took individual brilliance from Gonzalo Higuain to settle an underwhelming contest. Match Entertainment Value: 4/10"
FFT/938Live's Noah Tan, Argentina 1 Belgium 0
"If you look at the balance of play, Netherlands deserved to win the game but full credit to Costa Rica. Defensively, they were very disciplined and they made it really challenging for Holland. They should be really proud of their performance, not many people gave them much of a chance in this game. Match Entertainment Value: 7/10"
FoxSports/MioTV/Coerver Coaching's PJ Roberts, Netherlands 0 Costa Rica 0 [4-3 on pens]
Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella praised his team's best performance of the World Cup after the 1-0 quarter-final win over Belgium.
"It is a great joy for all," the manager told reporters. "It was [our] best match of the World Cup."
Eden Hazard said Belgium must build on their performances at the World Cup after they were eliminated by Argentina. "I'm very disappointed, but we've still had a very good World Cup – we achieved our original objective, after all," he said.
"We've got a young, highly talented team. We need to look to the future. We've already done really well to get this far."
Louis van Gaal said the introduction of goalkeeping-hero Tim Krul for the Netherlands' penalty shoot-out against Costa Rica was premeditated. "We told Krul that he would be a possibility for the pens, we didn't tell Cillessen. We didn't want to ruin his preparation," Van Gaal said post-game.
"We know Krul is the better penalty killer, a bigger reach too. We have practiced penalties, I believe when you're used to a certain shot you'll be more comfortable taking that shot."
Costa Rica coach Jorge Luis Pinto said their brave World Cup quarter-final defeat to the Netherlands did not dent their pride. "We're hurt but we're happy. When we came here many people didn't believe in us, but during this World Cup we've done many beautiful things," Pinto said.
"Even though we have to leave the tournament we haven't been beaten, even by the super-powers we came up against."
Neymar has expressed his gratitude for the support he has been given after being ruled out of the remainder of the World Cup. The Brazil forward was taken off during his country's 2-1 win over Colombia after suffering a fractured vertebra following a heavy challenge from Juan Zuniga.
Zuniga's challenge is being assessed by FIFA's disciplinary committee in the meantime, with the prospect of restrospective action not being ruled out. A FIFA statement confirmed the referee's take on the flashpoint will be key to any potential punishment sent Zuniga's way.
Former England international Rio Ferdinand said he believes Germany will be too strong for Brazil en route to winning the World Cup. Host nation Brazil and Germany will go head-to-head at the Estadion Governador Magalhaes Pinto in Belo Horizonte on Wednesday, with a spot in the World Cup final on the line.
Brazil icon Ronaldo is warning Germany not to underestimate the World Cup hosts though, even though they will be without star striker Neymar. "If the Germans think they will find a weak, impaired, hopeless side on the pitch, because it lost one player, and even if this player is called Neymar, they will make a great mistake underestimating the quality of the Brazilian team," he said.
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