SALVADOR, Brazil, (Reuters) – The Netherlands advanced to a World Cup semi-final with Argentina by beating Costa Rica on penalties after a cagey, tactical last-eight battle finished 0-0 after extra-time today. Substitute goalkeeper goalkeeper Tim Krul, introduced just for the shootout, saved from Bryan Ruiz and Michael Umana as the Netherlands triumphed 4-3. Costa Rica defended deeply from the start and goalkeeper Keylor Navas, whose performances have played a large part in his country’s run to the quarter-finals for the first time, was again in sharp form with a series of saves, while Wesley Sneijder hit a post with an 81st-minute free kick and Robin van Persie had a scrambled shot cleared off the line in stoppage time of normal time. The game blew wide open in extra time as Marcos Urena had a chance to win it for Costa Rica but had a shot well saved by Jasper Cillessen, while Sneijder hit the bar two minutes from the end.
BIRMINGHAM, England, CMC – Rain halted a promising West Indies fightback after opener Alistair Cook struck his third career double hundred, to put England in command of the day/night opening Test at Edgbaston here Friday.
Pacesetters crushed Knights 131-59 in their Open Divisional fixture, when the Georgetown Amateur Basketball Association (GABA) League Championship continued on Thursday, at the Burnham Court at Carmichael and Middle streets.
The Guyana Amazon Warriors will take on top of the table Trinbago Knightriders in a must-win encounter today, in front of an anticipated capacity crowd, following their crushing loss to the Jamaica Tallawahs on Thursday night at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence.
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