World Cup, 2nd Semi-finals: Luck runs out over shoot-out, says Louis Van Gaal

AFP| Updated: Jul 10, 2014, 14:41 PM IST

Brasilia: Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal admitted he wanted to use substitute keeper Tim Krul in the penalty shoot-out defeat to Argentina on Wednesday.

Van Gaal said he would have taken off goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen for Krul -- in a repeat of the gambit which won the quarter-final with Costa Rica -- but had run out of substitutes.

"I would have done it by I had already used my three substitutes so I couldn`t do it," van Gaal said when asked if he`d thought about bringing on Krul.

It meant that Krul, who saved two spot-kicks against Costa Rica, was a frustrated spectator on the bench as Argentina prevailed in the shoot-out 4-2.

The defeat had an extra twist for van Gaal because Argentina keeper Sergio Romero saved two Dutch spot-kicks.

Van Gaal worked with Romero during the player`s four-year stint at AZ Alkmaar.

"I taught Romero to stop penalties, so that hurts," van Gaal joked.