Louis Van Gaal reveals two Dutch players refused to take the first penalty in their shootout defeat last night 8 years ago

Louis Van Gaal reveals two Dutch players refused to take the first penalty in their shootout defeat last night

Aston Villa defender Ron Vlaar stepped up and missed the kick...

Netherlands manager Louis Van Gaal says two of his players refused to take the first penalty in the penalty-shootout defeat to Argentina in the World Cup semi final last night. Most people were surprised when centre back Ron Vlaar, who had a brilliant game, walked up to take the first penalty which was saved by Argentina 'keeper Sergio Romero.

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Speaking to the media after the game, Van Gaal said: "We took those penalties in an incredible way against Costa Rica, It should give you confidence."

"But the issue is you score the first one and I asked two players to take the first kick 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 that it’s not easy scoring in a penalty shoot-out."

*JOE ponders which players refused to step up first*

Netherlands v Argentina: Semi Final - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

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Holland goalkeeper Jaspar Cillessen was critisised for this performance in the shootout and Van Gaal admitted that he would have brought on Tim Krul, the hero in the win over Costa Rica, if he hadn't already made his three substitutions.

Netherlands will now face Brazil in the third place playoff on Saturday evening.