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Van Gaal's substitutes key to Dutch success

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 1, 2014 at 12:02 am •  Published: July 1, 2014

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.