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Football: Van Gaal luck runs out over shoot-out

Published on Jul 10, 2014 7:43 AM
 
Netherlands' coach Louis van Gaal applauds after the semi-final football match between Netherlands and Argentina of the Fifa World Cup at The Corinthians Arena in Sao Paulo on July 9, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

SAO PAULO (AFP) - Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal admitted he wanted to use substitute keeper Tim Krul in the penalty shoot-out defeat to Argentina on Wednesday.

Van Gaal said he would have taken off goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen for Krul – in a repeat of the gambit which won the quarter-final with Costa Rica – but had run out of substitutes.

“I would have done it but I had already used my three substitutes so I couldn’t do it,” van Gaal said when asked if he’d thought about bringing on Krul.

It meant that Krul, who saved two spot-kicks against Costa Rica, was a frustrated spectator on the bench as Argentina prevailed in the shoot-out 4-2.

The defeat had an extra twist for van Gaal because Argentina keeper Sergio Romero saved two Dutch spot-kicks.

Van Gaal worked with Romero during the player’s four-year stint at AZ Alkmaar.

“I taught Romero to stop penalties, so that hurts,” van Gaal joked.

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