BRAZIL BEAT: Van Gaal enjoying World Cup offenses

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Coach Louis van Gaal, center, of the Netherlands briefs his team during a training session in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, June 20, 2014. The Netherlands play in group B of the 2014 soccer World Cup. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
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Coach Louis van Gaal, center, of the Netherlands briefs his team during a training session in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, June 20, 2014. The Netherlands play in group B of the 2014 soccer World Cup. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

SAO PAULO (AP) — With his team already comfortably qualified for the round of 16, and only positioning at stake in a matchup with Chile, Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal turned his attention to World Cup games at large, saying he was pleased with the offensive brand of football seen so far.

"The forwards are proving themselves here, especially the strikers who play in European leagues. They've all scored, more than once," he said Sunday.

Van Gaal had particularly warm words for German striker Miroslav Klose, his former player at Bayern Munich, who with a goal against Ghana on Saturday tied Brazilian great Ronaldo as the top career World Cup scorer with 15.

"That is very impressive," Van Gaal said. "I congratulate him."

Van Gaal noted that Klose "comes on for two minutes — he's done it for me too— and scores."

— By Aron Heller — www.twitter.com/aronhellerap

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