Netherlands coach Louis Van Gaal's luck runs out in FIFA World Cup semifinals vs Lionel Messi's Argentina

Jul 10 2014, 08:25 IST
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SummaryLouis van Gaal's luck finally ran out at the FIFA World Cup against Lionel Messi marshalled Argentina.

Louis van Gaal's luck finally ran out at the FIFA World Cup against Lionel Messi marshalled Argentina.

The Netherlands coach appeared to have a golden tactical touch in Brazil. He switched systems during matches to force victories, brought on substitutes who scored within minutes and - most amazingly of all - swapped goalkeepers for a penalty shootout victory.

But in the semifinals against Argentina on Wednesday, he ran out of substitutes before he could pull that trick again and his team was eliminated in a shootout after Jasper Cillessen failed to stop any of Argentina's four penalties following a 0-0 draw.

Van Gaal now has only Saturday's third-place match before he heads to Old Trafford to take over as manager of Manchester United.

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