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 admits he wanted Tim Kruul for decisive penalties
07/09/2014
 
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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 by 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.


Source: AFP
 
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