Ron Vlaar penalty kick - did it actually go in?

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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. 

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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. 

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