Netherlands' head coach Louis van Gaal surprised critics by leading Netherlands to the semi-finals. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
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Holland, van Gaal impress in semi-final runDespite their World Cup semi-final elimination on penalties by Argentina, the Netherlands and their coach Louis van Gaal will move on from the tournament with their reputations unquestionably enhanced.Following the debacle of Euro 2012, when Holland went out in the group phase after three defeats, van Gaal took charge of a team ravaged by doubt and in need of a completely new defense.By repelling two penalties, Krul helped to make Van Gaal one of the stars of the tournament.Hiddink will receive a generous inheritance from Van Gaal, thanks to whom players such as Cillessen, De Vrij, Martins Indi and Georginio Wijnaldum will be that bit more prepared for the 2016 European Championship in France.
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