The Dutch finalists in 2010 have to contend with a Costa Rica side whose great strength is their teamwork.Louis van Gaal says his players will not take for granted a country, no matter how small, that dispensed Uruguay and Italy, drew with England, and with just 10 men saw off Greece in the last 16.
"No, no, no. I don't think there's any question of underestimating Costa Rica," said van Gaal, who wants to arrive at Manchester United having delivered the Dutch their first ever World Cup."I would say that the players consider this to be the most important stage and they are going for their objective. And the objective is not something we want to underestimate."
Costa Rica's main concern in the uncharted territory of the quarter-finals is that Arjen Robben does not get away with the diving antics which attracted unwanted publicity last Sunday in their last gasp 2-1 win over Mexico.Costa Rica coach Jorge Luis Pinto said he was "really worried about Robben diving". He urged Uzbek referee Ravshan Irmatov not to be afraid to hand out yellow cards if necessary."Maybe he would have to leave the field because he gets two yellow cards for diving. That could happen," said Pinto.