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Costa Rica fans left lying in pools of blood at fan park

Monday, July 07, 2014 by Dailystar.co.uk

The horrific scenes took place as thousands of fans gathered in San Jose, the nation's capital, to watch Costa Rica's quarter-final clash with the Netherlands.

One man was stabbed in the back and another in the chest while a third person was struck with a bottle after a fight broke out following Holland's penalty shootout victory.

BRUTAL: One fan was left with a knife in his back

ATTACK: it is not yet known how or why the fight broke out

HORRIFIC: The scenes were a sad end to Costa Rica's memorable World Cup

Eight men have been arrested following the brawl although authorities are still investigating how it started.

The Public Security Ministry released a statement after the game confirming that three victims had been hospitalised after the incident at San Jose's Plaza de la Democracia.

The incident marred the end of what was a memorable tournament for the nation who surprised everyone by topping a group containing England, Italy and Uruguay.

AID: Fans rush to help the stricken man

TEARS: Costa Rica's players are consoled after their heartbreaking defeat

Had they defeated the much-fancied Dutch they would have faced Lionel Messi's Argentina for a spot in Sunday's final.

Speaking after the game Uruguay captain Bryan Ruiz said: "I am very proud that we shocked the world.

"We did not lose in the World Cup and we go back to Costa Rica with our heads up."

Manager Jorge Luis Pinto said: "During this World Cup we have done very beautiful things that many people didn't believe we could achieve - wonderful things.

"We played against great powerhouses of football. We leave the tournament unbeaten. It's incredible.

"We played five matches and conceded only one goal and one penalty."

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