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Substitute goalkeeper Tim Krul emerged an unlikely hero with two saves in the shootout on Saturday as the Netherlands overcame Costa Rica 4-3 on penalties after a 0-0 draw to set up a meeting with Argentina in the semifinals of the World Cup.

Dutch coach Louis van Gaal sent Krul on to replace Jasper Cillessen at the end of extra time and it proved to be a stroke of tactical genius as the Newcastle United keeper stopped penalties from Bryan Ruiz and Michael Umana to end the Central Americans’ fairytale run at the tournament.

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