Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal congratulates goalkeeper Tim Krul after a penalty shootout in the 2014 World Cup quarter-finals against Costa Rica   at the Fonte Nova Arena in Salvador. Photograph: Sergio Moraes / Reuters

Netherlands 0 Costa Rica 0 Netherlands win 4-3 on penalties Romance departed the World Cup in Brazil on Saturday night but not without a fight (...)

Bryan Ruiz of Costa Rica celebrates after scoring during the penalty shootout against Greece. Photograph: EPA

Ahead of a first appearance in the quarter-finals all Costa Rica is dreaming of glory And rather than any signs of nervousness at the exalted c(...)

Costa Rica’s Bryan Ruiz: will pose a big threat in attack with Joel Campbell. Photo: Mike Egerton/PA

Before a ball was kicked few pundits expected Greece or Costa Rica to make much of an impression on this World Cup. But now they face each othe(...)

Costa Rica’s  Bryan Ruiz heads home past Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon during the Group D game  at Arena Pernambuco  in Recife, Brazil. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images

Costa Rica 1 Italy 0Costa Rica have qualified from the Group of Death that was supposed to eat them alive, and nobody can say that they do not deserve(...)

Manager: Jorge Luis Pinto Best finish: Second round (1990) World Cup record: Played 14, Won 5, Drawn 3, Lost 6 History Costa Rica’(...)

Sacked Fulham manager Martin Jol (left) has been replaced by head coach René Meulensteen. Photograph: John Walton/PA Wire

New manager René Meulensteen is confident he can keep Fulham in the Premier League. Martin Jol paid the price for six consecutive defeats on Sunday a(...)

West Brom’s Saido Berahino (left) celebrates scoring his side’s second goal  during the  Premier League match against Manchester United at Old Trafford. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA

Arsenal held their nerve to win 2-1 at Swansea and move clear at the top of the Premier League on a dramatic day which saw both Manchester United and (...)

Arsenal will give a fitness test to midfielder Aaron Ramsey before their match at Swansea

Barclays Premier LeagueSaturday, September 28thAston Villa (13) v Man City (3)Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert is hopeful a number of his key players wil(...)

André Villas-Boas had insisted it would be different this time. His man-management and squad rotation during his debut season at Tottenham Hots(...)