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(...)

Colm Cooper: Dreams of playing for Costa Rica. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Day 19. (“Does it ever actually end?” Hush now). And who should turn up on the RTÉ couch only Colm ‘Gooch’ Cooper, who, he told us, chose Gaelic fo(...)

 A distraught Mexican fan after their defeat at the hands of the Netherlands  in Fortaleza. Photograph: EPA

And so Mexico have done it again, falling at the second round stage for the sixth World Cup in succession after another agonising defeat for a nation (...)

Costa Rica’s Bryan Ruiz (left) celebrates his goal with team-mates  at the Pernambuco Arena in Recife. Photograph: Yves Herman / Reuters

Costa Rica 1 Greece 1 (aet, Costa Rica win 5-3 on penalties)Costa Rica have booked their place in the quarter-finals of the World Cup, hanging on to d(...)

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(...)

Frank Lampard  acknowledges the England fans after their 0-0 draw with Costa Rica. Photo: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

It was one of those days when the photographers look to get someone walking out under an exit sign; the manager is usually the most obvious target but(...)

England’s Daniel Sturridge watches his shot go wide in the second half against Costa Rica. Photograph: Leonhard Foeger/Reuters

England 0 Costa Rica 0 It’s unclear whether it’s what they meant when the England players talked on Monday about restoring some pride but the word fil(...)

The FA’s decision to keep England manager Roy Hodgson is a pretty clear admission that they don’t think anyone could have done better with the group he has had while the relative lack of outrage from their media suggests even they have started to acknowledge the futility of hounding one coach after another out of the job.  Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

This was never going to be an easy group for England to get out of but the optimists would have had them coming into today’s last game in firm content(...)

England’s coach Roy Hodgson talks to his players during a training session in Belo Horizonte ahead of the final Group D game against Costa Rica on Tuesday. Photograph: Leonhard Foeger/Reuters

England manager Roy Hodgson will offer a glimpse of the future in Tuesday’s World Cup clash against Costa Rica. With their elimination already confirm(...)