Footage from a fan inside the stadium shows that Vlaar’s penalty was closer than originally thought.
Vlaar had his spot-kick saved by the Argentine goalkeeper, but the footage shows the ball rolling back towards the goal-line amid Romero’s celebration of the save.
The video, which is relatively poor quality, does not show indefinitely whether or not the ball crosses the line, and tempts the intriguing question as to Holland’s fate of the shoot-out had it been given. No official goal-line technology analysis of the incident has yet been released, but it appears that the ball does not quite go over the line.
Vlaar was a surprise selection to take the opening penalty for the Dutch, and it was revealed after the match by manager Louis Van Gaal that two players had declined the opportunity to go first.
Holland eventually lost 4-2 on penalties, and saw their bid to make the World Cup final for the second time in four years crushed by Argentina. They will now face hosts Brazil in the third-place play-off on Saturday evening, before coach Van Gaal departs the national scene to begin his tenure at Manchester United.
Vlaar meanwhile will return to his club Aston Villa ahead of the new season, with his profile further enhanced after an impressive World Cup. The centre-half was still voted man of the match against Argentina despite his miss, and could be the subject of a transfer bid from a Champions League club.