Tim Krul has apparently only saved two out of 20 penalties representing Newcastle United in the Premier League. If those stats represent a goalkeeper who is a specialist in halting spot kicks, then Fernando Torres is the most deadly striker in the world.
Krul wandered off the bench in the dying seconds of extra-time with Costa Rica in the World Cup quarter-finals to replace Jasper Cillessen with the scores level at 0-0. His remit was simply to stop penalties. Around 10 minutes later, he had stopped two of them to pave the Dutch national side's path to the last four. They face Argentina on Wednesday thanks to the efforts of Krul. And the decision of coach Louis van Gaal to gamble.
“I did not realise it was so late," said Krul. "I had spent the whole match on the bench. We had chance after chance and had not taken them. Then you’re suddenly thrown in and don’t have time to think, saved two penalties and now we’re in the semi-finals of the World Cup.”
As you can imagine, there was plenty of praise for Krul's heroics on Twitter. And plenty of bewilderment.
Only Van Gaal would change his keeper for penalties. All part of the master plan. Does he know Krul's only saved 2 of 20 at NUFC in PL.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) July 5, 2014
We liked this one....the Wolf of Wall Street.
Should we have been so surprised by the Dutch national side's run to the last four?
Tim Krul before every penalty... pic.twitter.com/YU09U6OSuP
— Sports Memes (@SportsMemes2014) July 5, 2014
— SuperSport (@SuperSportTV) July 5, 2014
The Dutch team hotel was a good place to be last night. Relaxing, and focused on the semi-final against Argentina.
— Eurosport.com EN (@EurosportCom_EN) July 6, 2014
Like Krul, LVG is a national hero. Manchester United fans must be happy with what they are witnessing.
No hangover for the Dutch on Sunday morning.
Louis van Gaal and his coaching staff walking into the dressing room like.. pic.twitter.com/tNY1i6hU5l
— Football Trolls (@Footballltrolls) July 5, 2014
This is how Van Gaal justified his decision. All very cool.
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