Netherlands' forward Robin van Persie is yet to find the back of the net in the knockout phase of a World Cup. (AFP PHOTO / DAMIEN MEYER)
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Prior to the Netherland's World Cup semi-final against Argentina Wednesday, Robin van Persie is still waiting for his first goal in a knockout match at a major international tournament.Against Costa Rica in the quarter-finals, he was unable to convert a string of chances, notably seeing an injury-time shot blocked on the line by Yeltsin Tejeda, before scoring in the penalty shootout.The 30-year-old spoke openly of his desire to become the tournament's top scorer after his first two appearances, but with two games remaining, he trails Colombia's James Rodriguez by three goals in the race for the Golden Boot. At the 2008 European Championship he scored two group-stage goals, only for Holland to lose to Russia in the quarter-finals, while at Euro 2012 he found the net only once as his side fell at the first hurdle.Van Persie's excellent relationship with Van Gaal, who takes over at United after the World Cup, means he has less reason to fear for his place in the team than another goal-shy striker might.
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