Holland 0 Costa Rica 0: Player ratings as Man United striker struggles

Holland 0 Costa Rica 0: Player ratings as the Dutch book their place in the last four after a 4-3 penalty win

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Costa Rica
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Holland

Jasper Cillessen Not greatly called upon – by which to say that Costa Rica failed to find a shot on target throughout normal time. Gets his score for staying awake until the 116th minute, when he pulled out an excellent stop to keep out Ureña, and in sympathy for his being replaced for the penalty shoot-out. 7/10

Dirk Kuyt Did what he always does, namely put in a shift without ever really looking like a likely match-winner. 6

Daley Blind Restored to his wing-back duties for the most part and seemed happier than against Mexico, linking up well with Depay on a couple of occasions and then pushing on further after the latter was substituted. 7

Bruno Martins Indi Did not find himself called into action often enough at the back, and did not use the resultant licence to the extent of, say, a Jan Vertonghen or a Rafael Marquez. Could have been sacrificed for a more attacking outlet well before he actually was, at half time in extra-time. Booked for a tug on Ruiz. 6

Ron Vlaar Did well to hold up Bolaños with 20 minutes to go when it looked like the Costa Rican was heading through to a one-on-one with Cillessen. Otherwise, like his central defensive colleagues, had little to do, before having a fine header clawed wide in injury time. 6

Stefan De Vrij Not averse to a cynical challenge or two to keep Costa Rica’s occasional incursions at arm’s length. 6

Georginio Wijnaldum The nominal link man, but unable to join his team up effectively enough or at enough pace; could – maybe should – have committed himself forward more. 5

Wesley Sneijder A couple of shots from range in the first half which didn’t threaten the keeper. Started to open out in the second half and struck the post with a wicked free kick in the final minutes of normal time, before crashing a wonderful curling shot off the bar late on in extra time. 7

Robin van Persie Spent much of the game as a bit of an onlooker; when he did get the ball, he was off his game, and found himself caught offside a little more often than he should. Should have won the game with a minute to go but somehow managed to miss the ball completely in the six-yard box. 6

Arjen Robben Always felt like Holland’s greatest threat. Plays with such certainty these days that it almost felt inevitable that he would be involved in a winning goal at some point, but had to save that until the penalties. 8

Memphis Depay Linked up well with Blind down the left and looked eager until he ran out of steam and was replaced. 7

Substitutes

Jeremain Lens On for Depay with 15 minutes to go and showed some strong running without troubling the scorers. 6

Klaas Jan Huntelaar Replaced Martins Indi with 15 minutes of extra time to go and was unable to have the same impact as against Mexico. n/a

Tim Krul Came on for the penalty shoot-out in an extraordinary decision from Louis van Gaal which seemed to unnecessarily undermine Cillessen. The manager will argue, though, that he was vindicated as Krul went the right way for all four Costa Rican efforts and kept two out. n/a

Costa Rica

Keylor Navas Alert and aware, with one particularly fine save from a Robben free kick in the first half. Started to flap a couple of times as the game drew on, but not to his team’s cost. Unable to carry his team through penalties again. 8

Cristian Gamboa Spent most of the game under pressure from Depay. Fell awkwardly in the second half but tried immediately to show that he was not the worse for wear with a rather odd bicycle kick tackle which could have been punished more harshly. Didn’t last much longer after that before being substituted. 6

Junior Diaz Booked in the first half and could easily have been dismissed in the second, firstly when involved in a sandwich tackle on Robben for which Umaña took the rap and then in injury time when he hacked down Robben again. 6

Michael Umaña Booked for a pretty conclusive foul on Robben in a dangerous area early in the second half, but walked the tightrope fairly safely thereafter, and found himself in the way of a couple of late Holland efforts. 7

Giancarlo Gonzalez (Man of the Match) Has been his team’s de facto leader in the knockout stages as the pressure has come on to their back line, and brought class and composure to this game, at least until he dragged back Robben just outside the area with ten minutes to go and was booked. 8

Johnny Acosta Could have scored the goal of the tournament with an attempted bicycle kick from a tight angle in the first half. Didn’t. Could have effected a fine acrobatic clearance in the second half with another bicycle kick but missed that too. Yorkshire isn’t missing much. 6

Yeltsin Tejeda Excellent tracking back to pinch the ball from the toes of Robben midway through the second half, and put in a lot of tackles throughout. Perfectly placed to clear off the line when it looked impossible for Holland not to score in second half injury time. 8

Celso Borges Quietly effective and recycled the ball well without being game-changing. Struggled to stop the Dutch as they came on strong late on. 7

Christian Bolaños Blasted a free kick well over on the hour after an elaborate bluff that he would cross which fooled no-one. Otherwise ineffective for most of the game until a couple of occasions in extra time when he nearly found himself through. 6

Bryan Ruiz Marginally more involved than Campbell and Bolaños, but that isn’t saying much. 6

Joel Campbell An anonymous first half, followed by 15 minutes after the break for which the highlight was a carefully calculated nod down straight to a Dutch player. A rather unconvincing penalty shout on the hour, and substituted shortly afterwards. 5

Substitutes

Marcos Ureña Replaced Campbell with 25 minutes to go and showed a couple of flashes without really changing the direction of the game. Tried to win a penalty in extra time, but would have been lucky to do so, and not quite able to make the most of a couple of breaks in the final flourishes. 6

Dave Myrie Came on for Gamboa to make his competitive international debut with just over ten minutes to go in normal time, and didn’t do much wrong. 6

Jose Cubero On for Tejeda in extra time. n/a

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