World Cup 2014: Tim Krul in Dreamland After Shoot-Out Switch

Tim Krul replaced Jasper Cillessen as a penalty-kicks specialist. It worked for the Dutch as he saved two attempts by Costa Rica to take his team to a win in FIFA World Cup quarters.

updated: July 06, 2014 17:07 IST
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Netherlands' goalkeeper Tim Krul saves a penalty by Costa Rica's defender Michael Umana (not pictured).


Salvador: Goalkeeper Tim Krul called it a "dream come true" on Saturday after he was boldly brought on as a penalty-kicks specialist and saved two against Costa Rica to put the Netherlands into the World Cup semi-finals. (Complete FIFA World Cup 2014 coverage)

The towering Newcastle United custodian replaced Jasper Cillessen in the last minute of extra-time in an outlandish gambit by Manchester United-bound coach Louis van Gaal.

And the 1.93m (six feet three inches) Krul duly saved from Bryan Ruiz and Michael Umana, both low and to the right-hand corner, to win it 4-3 and set up a meeting with Argentina. (Match highlights)

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