Big orange versus the little engine that could — that’s what it comes down to as the Netherlands faces off against Costa Rica on July 5. Who will become the last team to clinch a spot in the World Cup final four? Watch the live stream below to find out!
The Netherlands have been lumbering along in this World Cup like a team that is just destined to win, while Costa Rica has used their games to shock superpower after superpower — but one of these nations will go down on July 5. Will it be the Orange Goliath from Holland or the hopeful South American underdogs — watch below and find out!
World Cup Live Stream — Watch Netherlands Vs. Costa Rica
Like I said, the Netherlands have just looked like they can’t lose. Even when they try, it just doesn’t happen. Mexico put an absolute stranglehold on the Dutch in their Round of 16 match on June 29 until Wesley Sneijder found enough room to whip a game-tying goal into the back of the net in the 88th minute. Then in stoppage time, Arjen Robben drew a penalty kick, and Klaas Jan Huntelaar knocked it in to absolutely stun El Tri into elimination.
But besides pulling victories out of their back ends, the Netherlands have also shown flashes of dominance and brilliance. Their 5-1 shellacking of Spain set the tone for this wild World Cup, and they also shut out a strong Chile team 2-0.
With a roster of Sneijder, Robben, and Robin van Persie, the Dutch are one of the last remaining true favorites.
Can Costa Rica Stop The Netherlands?
Meanwhile, Costa Rica are probably the team that people least expected to see in the quarterfinals. They shockingly made it out of a fierce group that included Uruguay, Italy, and England. Then they fought off the Greeks in their Round of 16 match, keeping cool and winning the game in penalty kicks.
This is a classic David vs. Goliath situation. Costa Rica has done it before this tournament, but they’ll need to be better than ever to do it against the Netherlands.
Don’t miss a second of the action — tune into the live stream above at 4 p.m. ET. (Note: to watch ESPN’s live stream of the World Cup you must have a cable subscription.)
— Andrew Gruttadaro