‘Over the moon’ Krul defends shoot-out behaviour

Netherlands 0 Costa Rica 0 - Netherlands win on penalties

Tim Krul has defended his decision to wind up Costa Rica’s penalty takers in the Netherlands’ dramatic quarter-final victory.

The Dutch progressed to the semi-finals of the World Cup after a 4-3 win on penalties in Salvador on Saturday.

Krul was the hero of the night, coming off the bench in the 120th minute before saving two spot-kicks in the shoot-out.

The goalkeeper drew criticism for his antics during the penalty showdown, though. The Newcastle player spoke to every Costa Rican penalty taker as they prepared to take their kick and he also walked around the penalty area in order to psyche the opposing player out.

Some believe Krul went too far with his actions, but he denied what he did was not in the spirit of the game.

“I don’t think I did anything wrong,” he said.

“I did nothing crazy. I didn’t shout in an aggressive manner. I told them I knew where they were going because I had analysed it.

“I was trying to get in their heads and it worked. I am over the moon I saved two penalties doing that.”

Dutch coach Louis van Gaal decided to replace Cillessen with Krul because he thought the Newcastle goalkeeper’s extra two inches in height would be a big advantage.

Cillessen did not agree. The Ajax stopper booted a water bottle as he left the pitch, soaking defender Bruno Martins Indi in the process.

“I didn’t know it was going to happen, so I was angry,” Cillessen said.

“I wanted to play and play the penalty shoot-out. I kicked the water bottle — Bruno was feeling warm so I did it to cool him down!

“It is a pity I wasn’t told before (about the planned substitution), but it worked very well. Tim made two saves.”

Krul, unsurprisingly, thought the decision to bring him on was a stroke of genius from his manager.

“When I started my warm up, the (Costa Rica) bench was confused about what was going on,” Krul added.

“I saw the Costa Rica manager’s face — it was priceless!”

NETHERLANDS: Cillessen (Krul 120), De Vrij, Vlaar, Martins Indi (Huntelaar 105), Depay (Lens 76), Wijnaldum, Blind, Kuyt, Sneijder, van Persie, Robben.

COSTA RICA: Navas, Gamboa (Myrie 79), Acosta, Gonzalez, Umana, Diaz, Tejeda (Cubero 97), Borges, Ruiz, Campbell (Urena 66), Bolanos.

Referee: Ravshan Irmatov (Uzbekistan).


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