Orange squad did it! Dutch team is one of the World Cup 2014 semifinalists. The Netherlands are through to the last four after defeating Costa Rica in a shootout 4 : 3.
In a boring match against Costa Rica, The Netherlands had a number of chances but the ball would not pass the line. I found the match boring because all Costa Rican players were most of the time on their part of the field, defending. According to Dutch footballanalysts this strategy is called Antifootball.
So there they were. 90 minutes passed 0 – 0, 30 minutes added resulted also in 0 – 0. Then came the penalty or the shootouts. Football fans know Dutchies had a trauma about it. Dutch people even thought Costa Rica had deliberately managed this, exactly the same as they did to Greece in an earlier round.
Dutch coach changed the keeper Cillissen in the last minutes. This change turned to be the change of the match. In the shootouts, Tim Krul, stopped two Costa Rican’s goals. This has brought The Netherlands to the semifinal.
I watched the match with my husband and my mother from Indonesia who is visiting me now. The last quarter of the match I couldn’t take the pressure and I went to my bedroom upstairs.
I then went online. It was a quite warm summer night so I opened the windows. I could hear my neighbours cheering as some of them held a barbecue party on their backyard. I checked Twitter for the latest update. It was not necessary though as I heard my neighbours cheering and celebrating with vuvuzela and fireworks. That happened directly after the match at about 1 am and prolonged until 1.30 am!
As usual I saw the memes passing by. These are my favourites.
Coach Louis van Gaal has reached this status now.
When the team was locked, this wish came along.
After the match, the Lion needed to rest according to Rijksmuseum. The sketch is from Rembrandt.
The Orange will play against Argentina in the semifinal. This fact combined with the Argentinian origin Dutch Queen Máxima, resulted in this funny meme. Or perhaps it is not that funny for King Willem – Alexander? The text means Meanwhile in Wassenaar (where they live).
This Orange Fever chain post will end if the Orange goes home. This might be after the next match or with or without the trophy.
Faketattoo.nl (featured image)