Robin van Persie reveals in the last biography of Louis van Gaal that he was slapped behind Netherlands-Costa Rica extension, corresponding to the 2014 World Cup quarterfinals, because he refused to be substituted in the extension.
The match ended 0-0 and the forward He suffered a cramp after the first ten minutes of overtime, a circumstance that Van Gaal noticed. The coach told him that he was going to replace him, but Van Persie refused due to the possibility that the tie would be decided in the penalty shootout.
" When the extension ended, we got together in the band and suddenly he slapped me. Bang! Then with his flat hand he patted me and said angrily: "Don't ever do that again ," said Van Persie in statements collected this Sunday by the Dutch magazine Voetbal International and taken from the biography 'LvG, the coach and the person' recently published.
Van Gaal then urged the forward not to fail from eleven meters. "Now forget it and make sure to score the penalty," he added angrily. Van Persie did not disappoint his family and beat with a low blow to the Real Madrid exporter Keylor Navas the first Dutch goal of a round of penalties that ended 4-3 and that gave the Netherlands the classification n for the semifinal of the 2014 World Cup.