Ron Vlaar penalty kick - did it actually go in?

Published 2 Comments

Did Netherlands defender Ron Vlaar did in-fact score his penalty in their dramatic shoot-out against Argentina, which saw them get knocked out? Some social media 'evidence' appears to suggest so.

However, more conclusive videos have emerged to show that the ball unbelievably stopped dead on the line after contact with the goalkeeper, and was only centimetres away from actually becoming a goal. 

Related articles

- Louis van Gaal reveals players refused to take penalties
- Sergio Romero studied notes before saving penalties
- Argentina triumph would be last Brazilian insult


Dutch defender Vlaar took his country's first penalty and watched as Argentina stopper Sergio Romero saved it and then wheeled away in celebration. 

Romero ran off to share his passionate feelings with his supporters without looking back, only for the rebound of the penalty to trickle back towards the goal and finish agonisingly on the line.

Vlaar did eventually realise what was happening, before the doomed realisation that he had indeed cost his team an advantage. However, if the ball had somehow crawled in, Romero would of been helpless to stop it. 


Netherlands manager Louis van Gaal will still be ruing his decisions which cost his side to fall at the last hurdle of making a second World Cup final in a row. 

After using all three substitutes, the Dutch boss was not able to bring on his secret weapon in goalkeeper Tim Krul, as he did against Costa Rica leaving the responsibility to Jasper Cillessen - who always looked unsure of himself.

As well as this, Van Gaal was actually the one to teach Argentine Romero how to save penalties, when he coached him at AZ Alkmaar. Talk about adding salt to the wound. 

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE:

World Cup
Argentina Football
Robin Van Persie

Article Comments

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author


This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again