Louis Van Gaal Rues Tim Krul Decision
Louis Van Gaal has bemoaned the fact that his earlier substitutions meant he couldn’t once again call on Tim Krul for a penalty shootout.
While the dramatic successful move against Costa Rica when Tim Krul won a semi-final place for the Dutch with two penalty saves, instead Van Gaal had to rely on a goalkeeper who has never save a penalty in his professional career.
The Dutch manager had earlier brought on [intlink id=”44630″ type=”post”]alleged Newcastle target Daryl Janmaat[/intlink] for Bruno Martins Indi who had been yellow carded, then Jordy Clasie replaced Nigel De Jong who’d only managed an hour after returning from injury.
Van Gaal then used his final substitution in the first period of extra time with Huntelaar replacing the tiring Van Persie.
A move that Louis Van Gaal would live to regret;
“If I could have substituted Cillessen with Krul, then I would have done, but I had no more substitutions remaining.”
Wednesday night saw a hero in the Argentina goal instead, with Sergio Romero saving two penalties to send the South Americans into the final.
Cillessen remained true to form and all four penalties sailed into his net, with the fifth not even needed.
However, Van Gaal reflected on the fact that he had also coached the Argentinian goalkeeper when managing AZ Alkmaar, ruefully telling the press;
“Of course penalties are a matter of luck too but I also taught Romero how to save penalties…”
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