RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal is proving to be the master of well-planned substitutions at this World Cup.
The Dutch are have recovered from 1-0 down to win three times, and four of the seven goals the Oranje have scored over the past three games have come from Van Gaal's second-half substitutes.
Winger Arjen Robben said "our strength this World Cup is that we have shown that everyone from the bench can have a big impact on the game."
Klaas Van Huntelaar illustrated that depth in the round-of-16 game against Mexico. In his 21-minute cameo appearance, he set up Wesley Sneijder's equalizing goal in the 88th minute and then scored the winning goal from the penalty spot.