Sport Arjen Robben was the star once again in the World Cup quarter-final clash with Costa Rica

The 30-year-old has become frustrated after being subjected to fierce criticism following his confession that he dived against Mexico

Day of destiny is calling for the humble, brilliant stars of Spain

Tomorrow they could be hailed as one of the greatest teams of all. Today they relax

Villa injury may open the door for Torres

Fernando Torres may yet get his wish to start the World Cup final for Spain tomorrow because of lingering fears over the fitness of striker David Villa, who is understood to be worried about a dead leg.

Dutch self-belief is strong enough to deny the artists

Spain's beautiful game may meet its match in Sneijder's steel

Our experts' final predictions

James Lawton, Chief Sports Writer

Most of football is in love with Spain – and for impeccable reasons.

James Moore: Losing Streak (10/07/10)

Today's bets

Holland to win in 90 minutes, 11-4 Wesley Sneijder to score first, 9-1

This world cup has been one for the enemy: my friends in the bookmaking trade are all wearing wide smiles. Which is never something the committed punter likes to see.

James Lawton: Dutch heroes on the sidelines will be an inspiration, not intimidation

Van Marwijk didn't pause when asked about the legacy of Cruyff and Krol - 'they are an inspiration'

James Moore: Losing Streak (08/07/10)

Today's bets: Fewer than 50,000 fans to turn up for England v Hungary: 100-30 (Paddy Power). England to take four points from Wales in the Euro qualifiers: 5-2 (Hills)

Maradona rather than Cruyff is the idol behind Van Persie's ambition

As a football devotee, Robin van Persie can tell you the exact moment when, as a child, he fell under the spell of the game. It was when he watched the footage of Diego Maradona lifting the World Cup in 1986, and on Tuesday night he sounded like a man who could scarcely believe that he was one game away from doing the same himself.

James Lawton: Sneijder's brain power makes difference for sparkling Oranje

In added time there was a moment when all the logic of this game was put into the most severe peril

Farewell Forlan, the reborn star who tamed the Jabulani

T-shirts have been on sale in Cape Town (and probably in Accra as well) to those wishing to support "anyone but Uruguay". Luis Suarez's handling offence in the last minute of the tie against Ghana rendered the South Americans unpopular semi-finalists, when the whole of Africa and much of the world beyond, was desperate to see a team from that continent among the World Cup's last four for the first time.

Finally? Dutch book a date with destiny

Bold attack pays off as 3-2 win over Uruguay sets up a 'dream chance' for Holland to lift World Cup for first time

Diver tag unfair on Robben says coach

Holland coach Bert van Marwijk insists Arjen Robben is a changed man.

James Moore: Losing streak

Today's bets: Holland to win 2-0 at 6-1 (Blue Square) and Arjen Robben to score at 15-8 (Paddy Power)

Mark Steel: It takes a goal (and a few Amstels) for Dutch courage to kick in

Fan's eye view: At last, they were a proper football crowd, screaming, squealing, no longer fated to lose

The Highlight Reel: A big hand for Luis Suarez

At least Maarten Stekelenburg, the Dutch keeper, can see the funny side of Luis Suarez's goalmouth handball, which cost Ghana victory against Uruguay. The lanky Dutchman, whose side play Uruguay in the semi-final, sent his Ajax team mate a cheeky text message. "I sent him a text message saying that he has been the best goalkeeper of the tournament", he said. "I think he should get the Lev Yashin Award."

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