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Argentinian born Real Madrid centre forward Alfredo Di Stefano back heels the ball past the Manchester United goalkeeper, Harry Gregg, at Old Trafford in 1959. Photograph:Keystone/Getty Images

Argentina’s preparations for its semi-final clash with the Netherlands were overshadowed yesterday by news of the death of Alfredo Di Stéfano, the cou(...)

Arjen Robben celebrates after the Netherlands penalty shootout win against Costa Rica, which set up a semi-final against Argentina. Photograph: Sergio Moraes/Reuters

At the press conference after the Netherlands had, in the blink of an eye, turned Mexico’s victory into heartbreaking defeat in Fortaleza, poor, crush(...)

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(...)

Nigel de Jong of the Netherlands  shakes hand with Dutch coach Louis van Gaal after being substituted during the  World Cup  round of 16 match against Mexico. The midfielder is out of the competition with a groin strain. Photograph:     Vassil Donev/EPA

Netherlands will be without defensive midfielder Nigel de Jong for the rest of the World Cup through injury.The 29-year-old was forced off nine minut(...)

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(...)

 Arjen Robben of the Netherlands (C) is fouled  by Rafael Marquez of Mexico  at the Estadio Castelao in Fortaleza. Photograph: EPA

He doesn’t so much walk into the press conference as accuse his way in. Only minutes earlier Louis van Gaal has watched his players achieve a comebac(...)

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar of the Netherlands celebrates scoring the winner against Mexico in the second round of the  World Cup at Castelao   in Fortaleza, Brazil. Photograph:  Jamie McDonald/Getty Images

Netherlands 2 Mexico 1 We thought it was, plain and simple, too hot for football. Then Mexico scored and, in the burning heat of the second hal(...)

Netherlands’ Robin van Persie scores a sublime goal during the match against Spain. The Dutch striker returns from suspension for the last-16 tie with Mexico. Photograph: AP/Bernat Armangue

You might expect that, with three wins out of three, 10 goals scored, a 5-1 win over the world champions, and a route to the semi-finals more navigabl(...)

Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal celebrates with his assistant Danny Blind after the first goal   against Chile during the World Cup Group B  match in Sao Paulo. Photograph:  Paulo Whitaker/Reuters

Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal felt his side operated well in a changed system as they defeated Chile 2-0 to top World Cup Group B. The Dutch emerge(...)

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