Netherlands keeper Maarten Stekelenburg is pleased he will not have to face his club-mate Luis Suarez on Tuesday.
Stekelenburg is more than aware of the Uruguay striker’s attacking qualities as his team-mate at Ajax but the Dutch stopper has joked that the forward deserves the Lev Yashin Award for the best goalkeeper in South Africa following his exploits against Ghana.
The 23-year-old was sent off for using his hands to deny the Black Stars certain victory in the quarter-final as Oscar Tabarez’s men scraped through on penalties.
Suarez’s automatic one-match suspension denies him the opportunity to face the country where he plies his trade and Stekelenburg thinks that will be a big boost for the Oranje.
“I sent him (Suarez) a text message saying that he has been the best goalkeeper of the tournament,” Stekelenburg said. “I think he should get the Lev Yashin Award. The important matter is that he cannot play. It is a big thing because he is always a threat.”