Holland and new Manchester United coach Louis van Gaal did something never seen before at a World Cup, and with seconds remaining of extra time between Holland and Costa Rica and there still being no score – Tim Krul came on to replace Jasper Cillessen, who had played every minute for Holland so far in the World Cup.
Tim Krul saves from Bryan Ruiz
And it appears it’s a move that van Gaal had talked to Tim Krul about, but had apparently kept secret from number one Cillessen.
But when Tim Krul saved the second Costa Rica penalty from captain Bryan Ruiz, Cillessen was seen celebrating wildly with the rest of the Dutch squad.
This is what the Newcastle goalkeeper had to say after the game in Salvador last night:
“I knew before the game that the possibility was there. If we had one more substitution the manager said that he would consider putting me in goal and it happened.”
“It’s a dream come true for me. I watched the penalties. We’ve been preparing with all the goalkeepers and the goalkeeper coach.”
Tim’s display, which ended when he saved the fifth Costa Rica penalty from Michael Umana, ensured that Holland go through to meet Argentina in the semi finals:
Tim Krul saves form Michael Umana to ensure victory
And Louis van Gaal had this to say about Krul:
“We thought this through beforehand. Every player in my selection has certain skills and qualities.” “We felt, all of us that Tim was the most appropriate ‘keeper to stop penalties, because he has a long reach.”
“We prepared Costa Rica’s penalties and they prepared our penalties as well and we’ve seen that Tim Krul dived into the right corner time and time again.”
“So all of us are a little bit proud that this trick has helped us through.”
The Dutch players scored with all four penalties they took through Van Persie, Robben, Sneijder and Kuyt and finally won 4-3 on penalties.
It was of course Tim Kruls’ World Cup debut last night, and if there is another penalty shoot-out in the semi-finals, maybe we’ll see Tim in action again.