Saturday, July 5, 2014
Memphis Depay starts for Dutch against Costa Rica
SALVADOR, Brazil -- Netherlands forward Memphis Depay looks set to play as an offensive wingback when the team faces Costa Rica on Saturday in the World Cup quarterfinals.
Depay, who has come off the bench to score twice in Brazil, will make his first start of the tournament.
Also, defender Daley Blind will move into midfield to replace the injured Nigel de Jong, and veteran Dirk Kuyt will again start in the defense, but this time he is expected to play on the right.
Costa Rica called up Johnny Acosta to replace defender Oscar Duarte, who was sent off in the second-round victory over Greece.
Goalkeeper Keylor Navas will start despite a sore shoulder.
Netherlands: Jasper Cillessen; Dirk Kuyt, Ron Vlaar, Stefan de Vrij, Bruno Martins Indi, Memphis Depay; Daley Blind, Georginio Wijnaldum, Wesley Sneijder; Arjen Robben, Robin van Persie.
Costa Rica: Keylor Navas; Giancarlo Gonzalez, Michael Umana, Johnny Acosta, Junior Diaz, Cristian Gamboa; Celso Borges, Christian Bolanos, Yeltsin Tejeda; Joel Campbell, Bryan Ruiz.