Dramatic scenes as Costa Rica fans get stabbed

Dramatic scenes as Costa Rica fans get stabbed
According to a status update posted on Costa Rica's Public Security Ministry Facebook page, three fans were injured, and several arrests were made.

Three Costa Rican fans were stabbed when a brawl erupted during a screening of the 2014 FIFA world cup match between Costa Rica and the Netherlands.

The incident took place near a giant screen at Democracy Square in the nation's capital San Jose on July 05, 2014.

According to a status update posted on Costa Rica's Public Security Ministry Facebook page, three fans were injured, and several arrests were made.

Costa Rican newspaper La Nación estimated that more than 1,000 people were gathered at the Democracy Square to watch the quarterfinal match, which saw Netherlands edging out Costa Rica on penalties.

Pictures by wire agencies AFP and Reuters showed one fan lying on the ground after being stabbed in the back.

The report by La Nación said that another fan was hit in the head, while a third fan got cut by a glass shard.

It added that alcohol was one of factors that led to the altercation.

A police cordon was formed while medics attended to the injured fans.

On the pitch, the match played out to a goalless 120 minutes, before it ended in a dramatic penalty shootout after extra time.

Dutch substitute goalkeeper Tim Krul made two saves, breaking many Costa Rican hearts in the process.

grongloh@sph.com.sg

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