Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul has admitted his joy after becoming the super-sub penalty hero for Netherlands against Costa Rica last night, as reported by Sky Sports.
The 26-year-old was brought on in the 120th minute of Holland’s 0-0 draw with their American counterparts, solely for the penalty shootout where he went on to save two spot kicks superbly.
Krul also guessed correctly for the other three penalties and had clearly done his homework.
The Toon number one is revelling in his hero status and he knew all along he would be used in the shootout if it went to it.
“Tonight I have realised a dream,” Krul told www.telegraaf.nl. “What I’ve experienced is an incredible emotion.
“(Holland coach Louis) van Gaal had warned me. It was something prepared and I knew that I would have this chance.”
Boss Van Gaal has been praised for his tactics and changes during the World Cup and the incoming Manchester United manager has revealed it was the plan all along to turn to Krul; however number on Cillessen will return between the sticks against Argentina in the semi-final.
“There is no question about who will start next game, it will be Cillessen,” he said. “But we felt Krul was the better choice here.
“We told Krul that he would be a possibility for the penalties, but we didn’t tell Cillessen, as we didn’t want to ruin his preparation.”