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    Not too many recent World Cups have four big countries that normally do well at major tournaments in the semis. I guess 2006 kinda did, but usually there's at least one Bulgaria/Korea/Croatia type in there.
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    Well done Netherlands. Dominated throughout the entire 125 odd minutes.

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    I'd rather the Dutch went through but still a bit sad to see Costa Rica go. It wasn't like Greece- they didn't set up especially defensively, they just were miles and miles better at defending than attacking. That back line was incredibly well-drilled, basically playing fuzzball.

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    Yeah totally agree with that.

    The keeper substitution did rather look like Van Gaal wanting to be the story to me, but on the other hand it is a fairly logical move if you think about it.


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    Each team left in has something detestable

    Brazil - shadow of the great sides or even the late 90s side, cynical, benefitted from some strange refereeing
    Germany - German
    Argentina - see Brumby's post before KO
    Holland - Man U

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pothas View Post
    Yeah totally agree with that.

    The keeper substitution did rather look like Van Gaal wanting to be the story to me, but on the other hand it is a fairly logical move if you think about it.
    Both true, but it did take brass balls the size of a stately home to do it all the same.

    He'd have been crucified if yer Dutch had gone out.
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    Is this Holland's first ever shootout win? Or just at the WC?

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    Think it's the first time they've won a WC game that's gone to extra time
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    The thing I found strange was Costa Rica completely changed their strategy in the penalties after winning their last shootout. They put the foot through the ball last time and mostly went straight down the middle. This time they side-footed most of the penalties and made it easier for the keeper to pick which way they were going.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GIMH View Post
    Is this Holland's first ever shootout win? Or just at the WC?
    They beat Sweden at Euro 2004

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    Quote Originally Posted by Furball View Post
    They beat Sweden at Euro 2004
    In which case before this they were equally as bad as us and are now slightly better

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    Quote Originally Posted by GIMH View Post
    In which case before this they were equally as bad as us and are now slightly better
    Hey, buck up, fella. The chances of us needing to display our penalty prowess again are pretty slim.

    Oh, wait...

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    The new Euro format means there's a good chance we'll get to do it in 2 years tbf

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    Quote Originally Posted by GIMH View Post
    Is this Holland's first ever shootout win? Or just at the WC?
    Dutch shoot-outs:
    We've lost in the EC 1/4 finals in 1996 vs France
    We've lost in the WC semi finals in 1998 vs Brazil
    We've lost in the EC semi finals in 2000 vs Italy (after missing two penalty kicks during normal play time.....)
    We've beaten Sweden in the EC 2004 1/4 finals. I won't forget easily, sitting 5 rows behind the goal .
    Madness. Exhilarating. Magical. Netherlands have crossed the line in an unbelievable 13.5 overs.
    It's like watching a Gayle from each end. And when one Gayle gets out.. Another Gayle comes in...

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoyBrumby View Post
    Both true, but it did take brass balls the size of a stately home to do it all the same.

    He'd have been crucified if yer Dutch had gone out.
    Especially if they'd gone out thanks to Krull being beaten during what was left of extra time. Which would have amused me no end, even if I didn't really want CR in the last four.

    This WC really needs the semis and final to be good if it's going to maintain its reputation of being one of the best ever. Obviously the goal flow was going to slow down in the knock-out stages, but the quarters really weren't inspiring. Plus it's become increasingly apparent that there really isn't a great side to live in the memory, whoever wins. Best bet, as I said before, is that Messi really turns it on and the tournament is won by a genuine ATG.

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