World Cup 2014: Netherlands Can't Keep Relying on Van Gaal's Bag of Tricks

Netherlands beat Costa Rica on penalties to setup semis clash vs Argentina.

updated: July 06, 2014 20:59 IST
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Arjen Robben and Louis van Gaal
Arjen Robben and Louis van Gaal are all smiles after Netherlands qualified for semis


Louis van Gaal's tactical masterstroke got them out of a sticky situation again in the quarter-final on Saturday but the Netherlands will know they cannot continue relying on their coach to conjure up tricks if they are to go further at the World Cup. (Van Gaal Hailed by Press for 'Master Stroke')

Van Gaal's reputation as a meticulous tactician was enhanced when he substituted his goalkeeper and Tim Krul went on to make two penalty shootout saves and take the Dutch past Costa Rica in a dramatic finish to their goalless draw.

It continued a sequence of key changes that have influenced the outcome of matches in the Dutch team's favour.

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