The 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ Thread Jul 10, 2014 14:38:39 GMT
Post by Admin on Jul 10, 2014 14:38:39 GMT
Sergio Romero came back to haunt Louis van Gaal as Argentina beat Netherlands on penalties to reach the FIFA World Cup Final™. Argentina will face Germany in Sunday's showdown thanks to the exploits of Romero, who saved from Ron Vlaar and Wesley Sneijder in the 4-2 penalty win, which came after a scoreless 120 minutes in Sao Paulo.
Van Gaal's team were favourites to win the penalty shoot-out. The Oranje did not miss from 12 yards in their quarter-final shoot-out against Costa Rica. But Van Gaal struggled to find enough players to take the spot-kicks in Sao Paulo, which surprised him greatly. "It should give you confidence. We took those penalties in an incredible way against Costa Rica," Van Gaal said.
"But the issue is you score the first one and I asked two players to take the first ball before ending up with Vlaar. I thought he was the best player on the pitch so should have a lot of confidence. It just goes to show it's not easy scoring in a penalty shoot-out. It's the most terrible scenario, to lose on penalties: at the very least we were equal with them, if not the better team. It's a big disappointment."
Tim Krul was the penalty hero for Holland against Costa Rica, coming off the bench to save two penalties. But this time Van Gaal kept faith with Jasper Cillessen, who has never saved a penalty before. When asked why he did not swap Cillessen for Krul, Van Gaal replied bluntly: "I'd already used three substitutes, so I couldn't." Holland breezed through the group stages and defeated Mexico before overcoming Costa Rica.
Van Gaal was happy with his team's overall performance in Brazil. "We played a fantastic tournament," he said. "No one had expected us to make it through to the next phase, so as group winners we moved on and, after that, defeated Mexico - a team who are not easy to beat and are solid in terms of their organisation. Argentina are a top country with top players. We didn't lose against them, but the penalties are down to luck."