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Holland v Costa Rica preview

Wesley Sneijder should be fit for Holland's World Cup quarter-final against Costa Rica, who have defensive problems.

The Oranje and Los Ticos will scrap it out in Salvador on Saturday night for the right to face Argentina or Belgium in the last four.

Louis van Gaal's side are overwhelming favourites to progress and edge closer to another World Cup final, having been runners-up to Spain in South Africa four years ago.

Sneijder collected a back injury in the last-16 victory over Mexico in Fortaleza last Sunday - a match in which he scored the equalising goal.

Van Gaal is already without the services of defensive midfielder Nigel de Jong (groin) for the rest of the tournament. Daley Blind could be pushed forward to fill the gap, with Bruno Martins Indi starting in the rearguard, while Paul Verhaegh may be replaced by Daryl Janmaat at right wing-back.

The Dutch have averaged three goals a game in their previous four outings in Brazil, but Costa Rica have only conceded twice thus far in their surprise run to the last eight.

Greece's stoppage-time leveller forced them into extra-time and then penalties in their round-of-16 encounter in Recife, but Jorge Luis Pinto's side came through the shootout 5-3 - thanks in no small part to the heroics of Keylor Navas in goal.

Navas saved decisively from Theofanis Gekas, allowing Michael Umana to step up and net the decisive penalty.

The Levante shot-stopper, the subject of a failed bid from Atletico Madrid earlier this week, has been nursing a slight shoulder injury which forced him to miss training but is expected to be fit to start.

However, centre-back Oscar Duarte is suspended after being sent off last Sunday, and Roy Miller is reportedly ruled out with a foot problem, meaning Johnny Acosta looks set to be called upon to play to the left of Giancarlo Gonzalez.