Costa Rica


Netherlands advanced to the World Cup semifinals for a second consecutive time after beating Costa Rica 4-3 in penalties at Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador.


The surprise sensation of the tournament, Costa Rica, assured themselves first place with 7 points of arguably the toughest group of the World Cup.


Bryan Ruiz's goal in the first-half sealed England's elimination from the World Cup and saw Costa Rica progress to the last 16 with a fine 1-0 win over Italy in Recife on Friday.


Costa Rica came from a goal down to beat Uruguay 3-1 in a huge World Cup upset Saturday as the Copa America champions suffered for the absence of star striker Luis Suarez.