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Netherlands can beat Argentina, says Hiddink

Tuesday, July 08, 2014 by Goal.com

The coach, who will take over from Louis van Gaal after the World Cup, believes the Dutch should be confident heading into Wednesday's semi-final

Guus Hiddink believes Netherlands have plenty of reasons to be confident when they face Argentina in the World Cup semi-finals.

Louis van Gaal's men booked their place in the last four in dramatic fashion on Saturday, beating Costa Rica 4-3 on penalties after 120 minutes of football ended goalless.

The most notable moment in the contest came when Van Gaal made the controversial decision to bring on substitute goalkeeper Tim Krul in favour of number one shot-stopper Jasper Cillessen for the shootout.

It was a move that paid dividends as Krul, who dived the correct way for every one of Costa Rica's penalties, made two crucial saves to ensure the Oranje progressed.

Hiddink, who will take over from Manchester United-bound Van Gaal after the World Cup for a second stint in charge of the national side, praised the switch as "excellent" and hopes Netherlands can reach a second-successive final by beating Argentina.

Speaking of Van Gaal's risky decision, Hiddink told De Telegraaf: "The technical team has done great preparation. [It was] a great example of teamwork.

"If you see the qualities of this team we should have confidence [against Argentina].

"Of course the Argentines have [Lionel] Messi who can do something crazy, but we have [Arjen] Robben who can do that too."

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