Tim Krul climbed off the bench to save two penalty kicks and send the Netherlands through the semifinals with a victory over Costa Rica 5-4 in penalty kicks. The teams were deadlocked 0-0 after 120 minutes of regulation and extra time.
Team USA fought to the bitter end, but they came up a goal short and again it was done during extra time. The result sets Belgium up with a quarterfinal against Argentina, which edged Switzerland 1-0 also in extra time.
Vegas Sports Books | The bettors have also been cashing in on the World Cup. “We’ve been having great crowds and the handle has been huge for the World Cup, but as each favorite advances it’s been awful for us,” said Jay Kornegay.
On The Mark | The World Cup has been a wonderful bridge between March Madness and the upcoming NFL and college football season. Soccer fans say the sport has finally arrived as a big-time event in the U.S., but I'm still a skeptic.
Dutch Treat and Greek Tragedy converged into two scintillating World Cup soccer matches that sent Mexico home and kept Costa Rica’s miracle run alive.
The USA survived the World Cups' Group of Death, but now it is loser goes home. No more ties. Saturday’s slate to start the Round of 16 begins with host country and favored Brazil taking on Chile. Brazil is 3-1 to win the Cup, Chile 30-1.
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