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Netherlands vs Costa Rica - World Cup 2014 LIVE: Latest from Day 24 including news from Brazil and reaction to Argentina 1-0 Belgium

Welcome to The Independent's live coverage of Day 24 of the FIFA World Cup. Marc Williams and Samuel Stevens here with all the latest news and action from Brazil including the tournament's final two quarter-finals where, first, Argentina have beaten Belgium before the Netherlands play Costa Rica

    NETHERLANDS 0 COSTA RICA 0 - AET - Netherlands win 4-3 on pens - FT

    • Argentina 1 (Higuain 7') Belgium 0 - FT
    • Gonzalo Higuain's fine finish is enough to send Argentina through to the semi-finals
    • Neymar ruled out of the World Cup after suffering broken vertebra
    • Brazil to play Germany in the semi-final
    7/5/2014 10:22:41 AM
    Hello and welcome along to the Independent's coverage of Day 24 from the Brazil 2014 World Cup with Marc Williams. 

    It's quarter-final day number two and another pair of belters to enjoy this Saturday! First up, Lionel Messi's Argentina face-off against Belgium and then the Netherlands play Costa Rica later on. 

    We'll have all the build-up, team news and talking points leading up to the live action, which kicks off at 5pm this afternoon!

    With all that to come later, we'll also have a look back to yesterday's action where Brazil booked a semi-final match-up against Germany.

    The hosts will have been rocked to the core about the news that their boy-wonder, Neymar, will play no further part in this summer's tournament after suffering a broken vertebra in the win against Colombia. We'll have the latest develops from this big news too! 

    Plenty to get through on a jam-packed day of World Cup action then, so let's get going! 

    7/5/2014 10:35:51 AM
    Our poll! 

    We have put our poll up again and today it's an easy one, who will win tonight and join Brazil and Germany in the semi finals??

    Have your vote as to who you think will win this afternoon and don't forget to get in touch with us here. Just hit the 'Make a Comment' button above and get involved! 
    7/5/2014 10:42:29 AM

    Neymar out!

    First up today then, the big news coming out of Brazil about the one and only Neymar! 

    The boy-wonder, scorer of four World Cup goals this summer and his team's talisman and spiritual leader will play no further part in the tournament. 

    It really is a sad day all round! 

    Neymar suffered a broken vertebra in a challenge with Camilo Zuniga which went unpunished. 

    Brazil's team doctor confirmed that the 22-year-old star would play no further part in the World Cup.

    The out-cry of grief will be huge in Brazil and what does this mean for their title chances??

    Team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar has confirmed that Neymar suffered a fractured vertebra during the match with Colombia.

    He told Brazil's SportTV: "It's not serious in the sense that it doesn't need surgery, but he'll need to immobilize it to recover.

    "Unfortunately, he's not going to be able to play," said Lasmar, adding that he expected the recovery period to take at least a few weeks.

    7/5/2014 10:56:54 AM

    What now without Neymar?

    Where does this injury to Neymar leave Brazil as we hurtle towards the business end of this World Cup?

    Simon Rice takes a closer look into how Brazil add up without their young star, what impact his absence will have upon the team and who Big Phil can turn to now…

    They don't have long to come up with a plan B as Brazil face up against Germany in the first semi-final on Tuesday!

    During this World Cup, it's been clear that Neymar is the stand-out player in the side. On top of four goals to his name, Neymar also provides the creative spark that lifts the hosts above being an average side. In last night's win over Colombia he provided the corner for Thiago Silva's opener and won the free-kick that David Luiz blasted into the top corner.

    7/5/2014 11:10:47 AM
    All about Neymar! 

    There's plenty of reaction to the big news about Brazil's Neymar blow. 

    After Brazil's team doctor revealed that Neymar would play no further part in the World Cup there was an outcry of emotion from Twitter and all social media, with some of the biggest stars across the globe expressing their grief.

    Public enemy number one in Brazil is now the man who injured Neymar, Colombia's Camilo Zuniga.

    The defender came out after the game to say how he never meant to hurt his opponent and that he was just doing his job. 

    Not sure how that will go down on the streets of Sao Paulo and across the host nation...

    Despite the rough nature of the challenge that flattened the Brazil number 10, Zuniga defended himself after the match by insisting he was "playing for the shirt from my country, not with the intent to injure".

    And finally, crowds have gathered outside the Sao Carlos hospital where Neymar is receiving treatment to show their support for their favourite man. 

    Fans flocked to the hospital but didn't get the positive news they were praying for! 

    7/5/2014 11:34:35 AM
    Some top stats about tonight's game! Which way is this one going?

    7/5/2014 3:40:39 PM
    The players have just about finished their warm-ups in Brasilia, kick-off is under 15 minutes away! 

    7/5/2014 3:46:52 PM
    7/5/2014 3:46:57 PM
    Our Poll!

    That'll do it for our poll today then and let's take a look at the results. 

    Well, just under half of you lot, 48%, think that Argentina and the Netherlands will be victorious tonight. Close behind with 36% is the outcome of Belgium and the Netherlands making it through.

    Not many of you are giving Costa Rica much of a chance though, with only 8% thinking that they will make it into the semi-finals with either Argentina or Belgium respectively.

    Interesting stuff and thanks very much for voting! 

    Remember, get involved throughout tonight's two games by just hitting the 'Make a Comment' button above!
    7/5/2014 3:51:44 PM
    The players are in the tunnel and are about to make their way out onto the pitch. National Anthem time coming up and then it's game time once more over in Brazil! 

    After this game we only have five matches left (hasn't it gone quick!), so get yourself a drink this Saturday afternoon and enjoy some top quality World Cup football! 
    7/5/2014 3:53:53 PM
    That's the sing-alongs done and dusted and it's time to get going inside a sun-baked Estadio Nacional! 

    Later we've got the Netherlands v Costa Rica for you live but for now it's Argentina v Belgium! GAME ON!  
    7/5/2014 3:58:46 PM
    0 min: Belgium, all in red, get us going here! Argentina are in their famous blue and white strips. Who will make it into the semi-final? Time to find out! 

    7/5/2014 4:01:38 PM
    78 min: Marc Wilmots has rolled all his dice now but his side aren't going anywhere at the moment. Just over ten minutes to go, can Belgium produce another good chance? 

    On a side note, Manchester City's Martin Demichelis, but of so many jokes last season, has been quite superb here today!  

    7/5/2014 5:39:28 PM
    83 min: We're inside the final ten minutes now and Argentina do look very comfortable here. The goalscorer, Gonzalo Higuain, takes his bow to thunderous applause and is replaced by Fernando Gago. 

    Although they don't really deserve it, Belgium still have chance while it's still at just the one goal. This is the World Cup of late goals after all! 
    7/5/2014 5:41:59 PM
    85 min: Chance for Belgium. The Red Devils come again and Kevin de Bruyne wins a corner but it was nearly so much more. The ball is lumped forward and Romelu Lukaku does well to cushion it down and into the path of De Bruyne. It is just begging to be hit first time by the Wolfsburg man but his effort is blocked and goes out for a corner. The set-piece comes to nothing. Better from Belgium!
    7/5/2014 5:45:22 PM
    89 min: Into the final knockings of this game and Belgium have sent Daniel van Buyten up top to try and find that equaliser! The ball does come his way but he hand-balls it and the chance goes. Fish out of water?
    7/5/2014 5:48:59 PM
    7/5/2014 5:49:08 PM
    90+2 min: Belgium load the box as the ball goes wide to Kevin de Bruyne. The young man puts in an awful cross though and all those bodies are wasted in the box. 
    7/5/2014 5:51:05 PM
    90+4 min: Chance for Argentina. Great save from Thibaut Courtois to deny Lionel Messi. The great man is sent free from the half-way line but wastes the one-on-one. He is human! 

    7/5/2014 5:52:35 PM
    90+5 min: Chance for Belgium. Romelu Lukaku manages to make a yard of space inside the box but can't find another red shirt. The rebound comes out to Axel Witsel but he blazes over. That was the chance!! 

    7/5/2014 5:53:38 PM
    FULL TIME!! Argentina 1 Belgium 0! 
    7/5/2014 5:54:05 PM
    FT: Argentina hold on despite that late drama and make it into the semi-finals! Belgium and their 'Golden Generation' are out and deservedly so, they didn't do nearly enough out there today! 

    7/5/2014 5:55:28 PM
    Jack Pitt-Brooke sums up Argentina's victory!

    For the fifth time this tournament, Argentina did enough. It was not brilliant - though it was more secure and certain than a few of their previous victories - and this one owed more to their supporting cast.

    Lionel Messi, of course, was brilliant, taunting and teasing Belgium whenever he got near the ball. But so was Gonzalo Higuain, who took the only goal perfectly, and Javier Mascherano in midfield, and Pablo Zabaleta and Ezequiel Garay in defence.

    Will it be enough to reach the final? Maybe not, with Angel Di Maria limping off with a muscle injury in the first half. But they are finding a way to win every time, and having done that five times now they should not be counted against to do it a sixth.

    7/5/2014 5:58:16 PM

    Evening readers, this was the scene last night as the Netherlands prepared for their final-eight clash with Costa Rica tonight.

    Samuel Stevens here to take you through until 11pm after Argentina's efficient, if unremarkable, victory over Belgium in Brasilia. That means Louis van Gaal's men will have European pride, as well as their own, to maintain.

    Lionel Messi and company, courtesy of  Gonzalo Higuain's stunning half-volley, will now take on the winner of tonight's clash in the semi-finals. It's also the first time in history both Argentina and arch-rivals Brazil have appeared in the final-four together.

    Costa Rica have undoubtedly been the surprise package of this summer's tournament and could continue to turn heads with victory tonight. Don't go anywhere!
    7/5/2014 6:17:37 PM
    Is there any better excuse to get your face painted than a World Cup fixture?

    7/5/2014 6:32:35 PM
    Tim Sherwood column: Louis van Gaal will find it tough jumping straight from a World Cup into the Premier League

    If Louis van Gaal was to take the Netherlands to the World Cup final and win it, he would barely have time to parade the trophy back home until he is due to go away with Manchester United on their pre-season tour to the United States. United play Los Angeles Galaxy on 23 July and they will want to get some time in on the training pitch with their new manager before then.

    The Premier League is an all-consuming competition to manage in. To my mind it is the most competitive league in the world and for all van Gaal’s experience, and all his success, he has never been there before. There is no time off in December and January as he has been used to in the Netherlands, Spain and Germany. There will be little time to acclimatise and get to know his squad. He cannot afford to miss one day of pre-season.
    7/5/2014 6:41:02 PM

    Netherlands: Jasper Cillessen, Ron Vlaar, Stefan De Vrij, Bruno Martins Indi, Daley Blind, Robin van Persie (c), Wesley Sneijder, Arjen Robben, Dirk Kuyt, Georginio Wijnaldum, Memphis Depay.

    Costa Rica: Keylor Navas, Johnny Acosta, Giancarlo Gonzalez, Michael Umana, Celso Borges, Christian Bolanos, Joel Campbell, Bryan Luiz, Junior Diaz, Cristian Gamboa, Yeltsin Tejeda.
    7/5/2014 6:55:35 PM
    Outfit of the night goes to...

    7/5/2014 7:28:43 PM
    7/5/2014 7:30:26 PM
    OFF WE GO! The second period gets under way as the Netherlands take the kick-off. The longer this game goes on, you feel, the more comfortable Costa Rica will become. The Europeans need a goal quickly to open this game up.
    7/5/2014 9:03:39 PM
    49 mins: The Dutch continue to be pressed backwards. While Jasper Cillesson is hardly playing in a sweeper role, like Manuel Neuer, he is probably having more time on the ball than he will have expected. Costa Rica are remaining tight and, as a result, are keeping their opponents at bay. Will be interesting to see when Louis van Gaal decides to change things. 
    7/5/2014 9:09:15 PM
    52 mins: A cleverly worked free-kick from Arjen Robben finds Wesley Sneijder on the edge of the Costa Rican area but Bryan Ruiz spots their idea and does enough to put him off. You do wonder whether it'll take a moment of improvisation like that to decide this one.
    7/5/2014 9:12:00 PM

    7/5/2014 9:12:58 PM
    57 mins: Lovely play from Arjen Robben on the byline allows him to keep the ball in and advance towards goal. His cross for Dirk Kuyt, however, doesn't find the former Liverpool man and the move breaks down. The Netherlands have the look of a side who know their chance will come. 
    7/5/2014 9:17:10 PM

    Junior Diaz charges down the left wing and passes into Joel Campbell, who's been quiet tonight, in the middle of the Dutch penalty area. Tumbling to the floor, after a soft challenge by Bruno Martins Indi, the Costa Rican believed he had been brought down unlawfully. Nothing given.
    7/5/2014 9:19:44 PM
    65 mins: Jorge Luis Pinto, famed for his flamboyance on the touchline, has had nothing to shout about yet. Giancarlo Gonzalez's header, just moments ago, came closest.

    7/5/2014 9:26:18 PM
    68 mins: For those of you playing the Robin van Persie offside drinking game, how are you doing? Some off licences may still be open if you need more sherbet.
    7/5/2014 9:27:39 PM
    90 mins + 1: Junior Diaz, who is already booked, has just hauled Arjen Robben to the floor and wasn't given a second yellow. Poor show from the referee but the Dutch have a free-kick on the corner of the area...
    7/5/2014 9:49:41 PM
    90 mins + 2: Robin van Persie's free-kick is straight at Keylor Navas but that isn't the story! The ball is then crossed in by Daley Blind, on the left, and what follows is nothing short of remarkable. Stefan de Vrij, Dirk Kuyt and Ron Vlaar all miss it as it trickles across the box! van Persie can't get it in either! Christian Balanos then knocks it onto the crossbar! Sensational stuff!
    7/5/2014 9:52:41 PM

    END OF 90 MINUTES: Netherlands 0-0 Costa Rica.

    Glenn Moore is on hand once more with his on-the-whistle analysis...

    For a competition with so many goals this has actually been the World Cup of the goalkeeper, specifically the Concacaf goalkeepers: Howard and Ochoa have finally been beaten but Navas remains firm. However, Costa Rica look out on their feet, again, and the Levante stopper will need the Dutch to continue missing sitters if he is to face another penalty shoot-out.  And for the ref to remain lenient: Diaz should be off by now.
    7/5/2014 9:53:30 PM
    ON WE GO! The first period of extra-time is under way. Will Robin van Persie live to rue those missed chances?
    7/5/2014 10:00:26 PM

    7/5/2014 10:01:39 PM
    93 mins ET: Another challenging cross from Wesley Sneijder causes chaos in the Costa Rica box and Ron Vlaar pummels a header towards goal! Keylor Navas, once again, is up to the task though. 

    He wasn't quite so impressive from the following corner, however. Forced to watch on with his heart in his mouth as the ball bounced clear, he was lost in no man's land! He's also hurt himself in the process but looks as though he'll shake it off.
    7/5/2014 10:04:54 PM

    Marco Urena is felled by Ron Vlaar in the Dutch area and, while replays suggest contact was made, the referee wasn't interested. The Costa Rican substitute did look like he had made a meal of it too. On we go. Still goalless. 
    7/5/2014 10:08:03 PM
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