Tim Krul only played in one penalty shoot-out in the World Cup. but he is still a World Cup legend because last summer in the quarter-final game against Costa Rica just before the end of extra time Dutch manager Louis van Gaal replaced his regular goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen and Tim made two great saves and went the right way for every single penalty and Holland were in the semi-final winning the shoot-out 4-3.
Louis van Gaal hugs hero Tim Krul after penalty shoot-out
That is the only time in World Cup history a goalkeeper has been substituted before a penalty shoot-out and it quickly made Tim into a National hero in Holland.
Tim talked about that to nufcTV today, before reflecting on a great win for Newcastle yesterday – although the display of the lads was mediocre:
” We had a great 10 weeks, I learnt a lot from him and obviously the goalkeeping coach there as well, Frans Hoek. We had a really good 10 weeks, memorable forever. I will never forget those experiences we had there.
I am looking forward to seeing him on Wednesday – and taking three points from him. Wednesday is a massive game. They are always big, big games against Manchester United here and we are confident because they don’t like coming here.”
“That’s the least we had to do, just put a proper graft in, blocks on the line, blocks on the edge.” “We just helped each other out really well and I am really proud of the team, the way we reacted after last week.”
It was a gutsy performance by Newcastle and in the second half in quick succession Fab Coloccini blocked a shot and Mehdi Abeid blocked another shot – and you cannot fault the heart of this Newcastle team.
Now we need to beat Manchester United on Wednesday night before a 10 day break – and the Red devils are vulnerable this season, just like they were last season.
Tim saved the first (from Bryan Ruiz) and one and fourth penalties (from Michael Umana) he faces against Costa Rica and the last save that sent Holland through to the semi-finals of the World Cup was a truly world-class.
They lost on penalties to Argentina but van Gaal had already made three substitutions before extra time ran out and Holland lost in the penalty shoot-out and Jasper Cillessen couldn’t do a “Tim Krul” – and they lost 4-2 on penalties.
Relive the memories of the Newcastle becoming the hero in Holland and watch the Holland number one goalkeeper the first one to rush for Tim after his amazing final save.
He made Louis van Gaal look like a genius.
Relive one of the big memories of last year’s World Cup in Brazil.
That’s got to be Tim’s greatest ever moment in his football career – well until Newcastle win the Champions League.
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