23-year-old Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul will always remember his full debut for the Dutch side last Saturday, in a creditable 0-0 draw in Brazil.
Tim Krul – in action on Saturday night in Brazil
To keep a clean sheet against one of the best attacking International sides in the world is no mean feat, and Krul looked accomplished throughout the game and made one or two stunning saves.
Tim made great saves from Brazilian stars Robinho and Neymar, and it was in front of 48,000 fans in Goiana, and Tim frustrated the Brazilians, as witnessed by the home side being booed off the field at the end of the game.
Obviously a good job done by the losing World Cup finalists, Holland.
To say Krul did his first team chances no harm at Newcastle with such a brilliant display is an understatement.
And in our poll on who should be number one goalkeeper at Newcastle next season Tim is leading with 47%, followed by Fraser Forster on 24% and current number one, 36 year-old Steve Harper, on 21% with 8% not sure.
Tim may get another chance on Wednesday night, when the Dutch take on Uruguay in Montevideo, the team they defeated in last year’s World Cup semi-final.
Number one goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg and Michel Vorm are both out injured, and Dutch coach Van Marwijk may decide to give one of the other two goalkeepers in the squad – Cillessen ( NEC) or Jelle ten Rouwelaar (NAC), a start against Uruguay.
A delighted Krul has this to say after his debut:
“This is like a dream come true for me. Making your debut like this gives a fantastic feeling,”
“It was an amazing evening and I am very happy. It went really well, although I admit that I had some luck as well when Erik Pieters cleared a ball off the goal-line.”
“Keeping a clean sheet against Brazil is quite something.”
Van Marwijk usually only picks two goalkeepers in his Ditch squad, so Tim will now be hoping he can edge out Vorm when Holland selects their future squads.
Tim will have done himself no harm at all on Saturday, with what was a tremendous International debut by the Newcastle goalkeeper, and he is still improving of course.