Netherlands vs. Costa Rica: Live Player Ratings

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured ColumnistJuly 5, 2014

FORTALEZA, BRAZIL - JUNE 29:  Wesley Sneijder of the Netherlands (L) celebrates scoring his team's first goal with Memphis Depayduring the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Round of 16 match between Netherlands and Mexico at Castelao on June 29, 2014 in Fortaleza, Brazil.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
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The Netherlands defeated Costa Rica on penalties to move on to the semifinals of the 2014 World Cup.

The shootout win was highlighted by Louis van Gaal's decision to bring in Tim Krul, who made two saves on five shots.  The Dutch will now face Argentina on Wednesday. 

Check below for comprehensive player ratings and analysis for both sides. 

Netherlands Player Ratings
PlayerHalf-time RatingFull-time Rating
Jasper Cillessen66
Dirk Kuyt76.7
Stefan de Vrij66.5
Ron Vlaar66.5
Bruno Martins Indi6.56.5
Daley Blind5.56
Georginio Wijnaldum6.56
Wesley Sneijder6.57.5
Arjen Robben79
Robin van Persie6.57
Memphis Depay66
Jeremain LensN/A6
Klaas Jan HuntelaarN/A6
Tim KrulN/A8

Half-time Analysis: 

Jasper Cillessen: Had nothing to do in the first half except collect a free-kick from Bolanos in the 33rd minute

Dirk Kuyt: Set up Van Persie with a shot on goal from a cross in the 21st minute. 

Stefan de Vrij: Did not have to do much in regards to defending during the first 45 minutes. 

Ron Vlaar: Completed 98 percent of his 43 passes in the back for the Oranje. 

Bruno Martins Indi: Made a team-high 55 touches, and he completed 96 percent of his passes. 

Daley Blind: Was not a major attacking threat on the left wing. 

Georginio Wijnaldum: Has done well filling in the deep midfield role that Nigel de Jong usually holds.

Wesley Sneijder: Had the rebound off Van Persie's shot fall to him, but he was denied by Navas. He was once again denied by the keeper on a free-kick in the 39th minute. 

Arjen Robben: Was the fulcrum of the Dutch attack for most of the first half. 

Robin van Persie: Had the first real chance on goal for the Dutch in the 21st minute that was saved by Navas. 

Memphis Depay: Forced Navas into a save with a shot from the left in the 29th minute. 

Full-time Analysis: 

Cillessen: Had nothing to do during regulation, but he did come up big late in extra time with a save on Urena. 

Kuyt: Was extremely active down the right in the first half, but his threat was negated as the match went on. 

De Vrij: Made five tackles and five interceptions in a defensive role in which he did not have to do much. 

Vlaar: Forced Gonzalez into a tricky header on the left side of the box in the 65th minute. Had a chance on the offensive end that saw his header go over the goal in the 75th minute.

Martins Indi: Went into the book in the 64th minute when he grabbed Ruiz and pulled him to the ground. 

Blind: Sent in a ball late in the second half that caused plenty of trouble in the box. 

Wijnaldum: Completed 92 percent of his 60 passes, and he had seven successful longballs. 

Sneijder: Drilled the post in the 82nd minute with his free-kick from just outside the box. Hit the post again in the 119th minute with a shot from distance. 

Robben: Was the driving force of the attack all match long, as he fed the likes of Van Persie and Sneijder with plenty of strong passes. 

Van Persie: Did not show a ton of confidence on his open look in front of goal late in the second half. He was also denied in second-half stoppage time by Tejeda's clearance. 

Depay: Put just one shot on target during his 76 minutes up front for the Oranje. 


Jeremain Lens: Only made 18 touches in his substitute role. 

Klaas Jan Huntelaar: Could not fire a shot off in his 15 minutes on the pitch. 

Tim Krul: Was entered into the match for penalties, and he did his job by saving two of five shots. 

Costa Rica Player Ratings
PlayerHalf-time RatingFull-time Rating
Keylor Navas78
Junior Diaz5.56.5
Giancarlo Gonzalez78
Johnny Acosta6.57
Michael Umana6.56.5
Cristian Gamboa66
Celso Borges66
Yeltsin Tejeda6.57
Christian Bolanos66.5
Bryan Ruiz55.5
Joel Campbell55
Marcos UrenaN/A6
David MyrieN/A6
Jose CuberoN/A6

Half-time Analysis: 

Keylor Navas: Made two consecutive saves in the 21st minute to deny Van Persie and Sneijder. He also denied Depay later in the half. 

Junior Diaz: Picked up a yellow card in the 37th minute for a foul on Robben. 

Giancarlo Gonzalez: Made five effective clearances and won three aerial duels. 

Johnny Acosta: Won a free-kick in the 32nd minute when he was fouled by Van Persie. 

Michael Umana: Made three effective clearances and one interception out of the back for the Ticos. 

Cristian Gamboa: Made a nice overlapping run in the 20th minute off a pass from Campbell. 

Celso Borges: Completed all but one of his 11 passes in midfield. 

Yeltsin Tejeda: Had four tackles to help thwart the Dutch offense. 

Christian Bolanos: Sent in a free-kick in the 28th minute that almost met the head of Borges. His second free-kick five minutes later fell right into the arms of Cillessen. 

Bryan Ruiz: Was kept quiet with few chances to move forward. 

Joel Campbell: His influence on the match was taken away by the Dutch dominance of possession. 

Full-time Analysis: 

Navas: Made seven saves in regulation and extra time against a relentless Dutch attack. 

Diaz: Made nine effective clearances from his left-back position. 

Gonzalez: His header off a free-kick in the 65th minute was sent over the goal. Was also handed a yellow in the 81st minute for taking down Robben. Also made 17 effective clearances in another stellar performance in the back. 

Acosta: Helped contribute to the impressive defensive showing by the Ticos with eight effective clearances and three tackles. 

Umana: Picked up an early second-half booking for a foul on Robben. 

Gamboa: Made four tackles and two effective clearances before leaving in the 79th minute. 

Borges: Only attempted 29 passes, but he did complete 90 percent of them. 

Tejeda: Stood at the right post to help deny Van Persie's late shot on goal near the end of regulation.

Bolanos: Went for goal in the 62nd minute with his free-kick, but he soared it wide. He was able to force a corner in the 116th minute to hand his team a chance to breathe on defense. 

Ruiz: Was left alone up front with his team showing no pulse in attack. 

Campbell: Was handed a pass by Diaz in the box in the 60th minute, but he was immediately surrounded by orange shirts. 


Marcos Urena: Broke through the Dutch defense to take a shot on goal in the 117th minute. 

David Myrie: Made three interceptions after entering the match as a defensive reinforcement in the 79th minute. 

Jose Cubero: Only made 13 touches in his role off the bench in extra time. 


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