Dutch stars refused penalty

Louis van Gaal has revealed two Netherlands players refused to take the first spot-kick in their World Cup semi-final penalty shoot-out defeat to Argentina.

Last Updated: 10/07/14 at 15:48 Post Comment

Louis van Gaal: Holland coach claims two players would not take first penalty in

Louis van Gaal: Holland coach claims two players would not take first penalty in

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Aston Villa defender Ron Vlaar stepped up but goalkeeper Sergio Romero came back to haunt the Dutch manager as Argentina went on to win 4-2.

Romero denied Vlaar and also Wesley Sneijder from 12 yards to secure Argentina a showdown with Germany in Sunday’s final.

Van Gaal's team were favourites to win the shoot-out after defeating Costa Rica on penalties in the quarter-finals.

"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,” admitted van Gaal, who knows all about goalkeeper Romero.

The Netherlands coach signed him for AZ Alkmaar from Buenos Aires-based Racing Club in 2007 and the Argentinian spent two years working under van Gaal before the Holland coach departed for Bayern Munich.

"I taught Romero how to stop penalties (at Alkmaar), so that hurts," added van Gaal.

"We were the club to bring him to Europe.

"He was a big talent, and someone who has the qualities to do that."

Arjen Robben was a broken a man after his side's World Cup shoot-out defeat.

Robben, who calmly slotted in his spot-kick, told Dutch TV: "It hurts but we gave it our all this evening and it's grim going out in this way."

Team-mate Vlaar, who produced a defending masterclass in the middle to shut out the Argentine attack, was downbeat after missing the opening penalty in the shoot-out.

The Aston Villa star said: "I would never walk away from my responsibility. I wasn't nervous, I was focused. But it had to go in and it didn't.

"Unbelievable. It's tough, but that's what sport is about."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

P

S I've always envisioned him as a Pirlo or a Scholes, though he needs some of Andy Murray's conditioning and shiny, ankle supports to keep his own from buckling under the tackles that will (inevitably) come his way. He's got the physique and low centre of gravity to flourish, but needs to make himself more resilient.

rab
Time For Another Wenger U-Turn On Wilshere?

A

s a United fan I fell I can say this without accusation of bias, Sergio Aguero is for me the only player close to Ronaldo or Messi, what goes against him is his injury record, Hazard is good in fits but doesn't give enough end product in my eyes, Tevez would be 4th for me

shea666
Suarez (Not Hazard) Is The World's Third Best

Q

uite funny because it's true. Remember when rodgers and stevie me came this close to winning the league though?

sarcasticgooner
Wenger: Arsenal Came *This* Close

Footer 365

World Cup: Michael Garcia's report to be examined by FIFA Audit and Compliance Committee

Michael Garcia's report into the World Cup bidding process will be examined by FIFA's Compliance Committee chairman.

Whelan: Mackay Caused No Offence

Wigan owner Dave Whelan believes that new manager Malky Mackay caused no offence with the content of text messages.

Dave Whelan controversy: Wigan owner apologises for remarks after being accused of anti-Semitism

Wigan owner Dave Whelan has apologised for comments he made in The Guardian which have been attacked as anti-Semitic.

Mail Box

Why Wilshere Can't Play DM For Arsenal...

We have a long mail on where Jack Wilshere fits in for England and Arsenal. Plus, thoughts on Liverpool's poor form, Dave Whelan, and the historical county of Lancashire...

Where Have All The Defenders Gone?

Somebody has done their research and concluded that the top teams in the Premier League concede more goals than ever before. It's interesting; it's the mails...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property