With the World Cup Quarter Final entering its dying moments, most expected Netherlands and future Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal to throw on another attacker for one final onslaught.
The Newcastle United ‘stopper was remarkably substituted on for Jasper Cillessen in the final minute, despite the Ajax goalkeeper’s vital save in extra time. With a record of two penalty saves from twenty in the Premier League, many were bemused by van Gaal’s decision.
Tim Krul isn't particularly great at pens. Jasper Cillessen must be WOEFUL.
— Statistical Approach (@StatisticalApp) July 5, 2014
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
However, the 62 year old was vindicated when Krul made two saves to hand the Dutch the victory.
Fans on Twitter were quick to praise van Gaal for this remarkably brave decision.
BREAKING: Tim Krul walking into the Dutch dressing room. pic.twitter.com/MselrgcMOi
— BBC Sporf (@BBCSporf) July 5, 2014
4 expertly taken penalties and Krul guessed right on every one saving 2. Hate to say it but Van Gaal is a genius
— MZ (@LazySudani) July 5, 2014
Van Gaal's call on bringing Krul on the right decision. He guessed right on all 5 PKs. It takes a miracle for Holland to win in PKs.
— Kartik Krishnaiyer (@kkfla737) July 5, 2014
Louis van Gaal is a genius. Tim Krul just made himself immortal. But those penalties were all flawlessly kicked. Perfectly in the corners.
— Sam Alzahawi (@SamAlzahawi) July 5, 2014
I'll eat my words. That was impressive from Krul.
— Clint Irwin (@ClintIrwin) July 5, 2014
Krul’s team-mates at St James’ Park were quick to congratulate the 26 year old.
What a crazy moment, if he doesn't play again in the World Cup then what a moment. Buzzing for you @TimKrul
— Ryan Taylor (@TaylorR1984) July 5, 2014
— Samuel Ameobi (@Sammy_Ameobi) July 5, 2014
Great moment for @TimKrul well deserved
— Adam Campbell (@adamcampbell_) July 5, 2014
The Netherlands will now play Argentina on Wednesday for a spot in the World Cup Final.