Fiji Time: 3:53 AM on Saturday 25 March

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / Sport

Van Gaal: Players refused first penalty kick

Afp
Saturday, July 12, 2014

THE HAGUE - Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal has revealed two of his players refused to step up to take the first penalty in the side's 4-2 World Cup semi-final shoot-out loss to Argentina.

The ill-fated honour eventually fell to defender Ron Vlaar, whose effort was saved by Argentina keeper Sergio Romero.

"I asked two players ahead of Vlaar to take the first penalty," van Gaal told Dutch news agency ANP.

"They refused. Vlaar in my view was our best player. Unfortunately he didn't score," the Manchester United-bound coach added.

Unlike in the quarter-finals against Costa Rica, the Dutch fell down in the penalty shootout, with both Vlaar and veteran Wesley Sneijder failing to score against Romero.

"Our penalties against Costa Rica were incredible. That should have given us confidence," said van Gaal.

"You have to maximise the first penalty shot," he added.

Van Gaal said he would have brought in replacement goalkeeper Tim Krul, who faced the penalties shoot-out and saved the day against Costa Rica, to take over from regular goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen.

"But I've already used my three substitutes at that time."

"In the end Romero stopped two penalties," he said.

Argentina face Germany in sunday's final while van Gaal's Holland take on Brazil in the third place play-off 24 hours earlier.








Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.65090.6319
JPY 54.714051.7140
GBP 0.38790.3799
EUR 0.45160.4396
NZD 0.69980.6668
AUD 0.64240.6174
USD 0.48950.4725

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 24th, March, 2017

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. 7s star told don't reoffend
  2. 'Rich kids', $13m in trust fund
  3. Kicked out
  4. Man lodges complaint against police station
  5. Moneylenders warned
  6. 242 nursing vacancies
  7. Khan probe continues
  8. Lack of jobs top concern
  9. Fijian identity 'unifies'
  10. Luveni offers condolences

Top Stories this Week

  1. Shock after brutal attack Tuesday (21 Mar)
  2. Students sent home Tuesday (21 Mar)
  3. Man rapes wife, jailed Tuesday (21 Mar)
  4. Uni urges Fijians to apply for NZ grants Monday (20 Mar)
  5. Landowners demand $20m compensation from State Thursday (23 Mar)
  6. RKS retains Tailevu Zone title Wednesday (22 Mar)
  7. Concerns over explicit online pictures Tuesday (21 Mar)
  8. QVS blue ribbon king to miss Coke Games Wednesday (22 Mar)
  9. Minister issues maternity benefits warning Tuesday (21 Mar)
  10. 7s star told don't reoffend Friday (24 Mar)