HOLLAND coach Louis van Gaal has admitted he wanted to bring on Newcastle United’s Tim Krul for a repeat of his penalty heroics.
Van Gaal’s side were beaten by Argentina in a World Cup semi-final penalty shootout on Wednesday night.
Goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen didn’t make one save in the shootout.
Van Gaal had brought Krul on for Holland’s quarter-final against Costa Rica – and Krul made two saves to put his country into the last four.
But this time van Gaal had already made three substitutions by the end of extra time.
“If I could have substituted Jasper, I would have done,” said Van Gaal. “I subbed (Daryl) Janmaat for (Bruno Martins) Indi because he had a yellow card already and was often too late and wasn’t executing well.
“I didn’t want to take a risk on Nigel De Jong being injured, and he was the free man in midfield and (Jordy) Clasie can play going forward better than Nigel.
“I subbed (Robin) van Persie because he was exhausted.”