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Holland’s hero Tim Krul defends penalty kick antics

Jul 7, 2014, 9:25 AM EDT

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Mind games. Gamesmanship. Bad taste.

Whatever you want to call Tim Krul‘s antics during the penalty kick shootout win over Costa Rica, it worked.

The Netherlands played out the full 90 minutes and extra time locked at 0-0 with Los Ticos and just before the PK shootout, Krul came on to replace ‘keeper Jasper Cillessen due to the Newcastle stopper having more height and a greater reach.

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It turned out to be a genius move from Netherlands boss Louis van Gaal, who has since said he intended to do that all along, as Krul stopped two penalties and secured Holland’s spot in the final four for the second-straight tournament.

However, Krul has taken plenty of criticism for the way he approached the Costa Rican players before their penalties, plus the “banter” he threw their way and plenty of other off-putting tactics.

“I don’t think I did anything wrong,” Krul 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. It worked.”

Krul was Bruce Grobbelaar-esque as he ran his mouth at the Costa Rican players, then walked up and down the goal line to delay their penalty takers. He then smashed the crossbar to make it shake and tried to intimidate the opposition penalty takers as much as he could. It worked. Perfectly.

It has also emerged that Cillessen did not know he was going to be replaced by Krul for the penalty shootout and although he was annoyed, the Dutch No. 1 was pleased it all worked out well in the end. As for Krul’s heroics, the six-foot-three ‘keeper is already preparing to play in the semifinal if penalty kicks come around against Argentina, as he pours over footage of the Argentine penalty takers in action.

It was one of the most bizarre tactical switches in World Cup history, but could we now see this happening more often?

  1. unclemosesgreen - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:58 AM

    Somewhere, Shep Messing is laughing about Krul’s “antics.”

  2. scoochpooch - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:34 AM

    Netherlands should have won easily anyway, they were very unlucky throughout.

  3. lyleoross - Jul 7, 2014 at 11:26 AM

    One has to wonder what would have happened had the CR Keeper used the same tactics? Frankly, the Center could have stopped it, all he had to do was warn Krul that he was wasting time and blow the whistle, Krul would have come to attention in a hurry.

  4. granadafan - Jul 7, 2014 at 12:01 PM

    Great saves, but he is completely classless and displayed bad sportsmanship. There is winning with honor, and Krul has none.

  5. heynyc61 - Jul 7, 2014 at 12:28 PM

    I needed to have his lights punched out… Poor fair play…. Or had a ball kicked into his face and knocked him out…. Unbiased comment. He was f’ing unprofessional.

  6. talgrath - Jul 7, 2014 at 1:36 PM

    Please, if all it takes to intimidate you is for someone to say they know what you’re going to do and smack the crossbar, you probably shouldn’t play professional sports because you’re going to hear and see much worse than that.

  7. sjsharks86 - Jul 7, 2014 at 2:01 PM

    I feel like people are forgetting what a disadvantage keepers are at during PK’s. All I see this as is him evening up the playing field. If he can get in the shooters heads then more power to him. During previous PK’s this tournament I’ve seen goalies come off their lines before contact with the ball is made which is against the rules yet they’ve allowed it, so how is this guy getting blasted for doing something that isn’t even against the rules? Because of bad gamesmanship? People can talk about bad gamesmanship and bad taste once they’ve eliminated flopping and diving out of the game, as far as I’m concerned that’s the only discussion about gamesmanship we should be having.

  8. tridecagon - Jul 7, 2014 at 2:27 PM

    Penalties are a silly dog-and-pony show and I don’t blame a keeper for trying to get an edge in a situation where he is basically made helpless to do his job and reduced to guessing and praying.

    You want more interesting and less ridiculous shootouts? Let the keeper move off his line as soon as the referee blows his whistle. The goofy 20-step hesitating run-ups will disappear and the action will be much more exciting.

  9. lunasceiling - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:32 PM

    Classless, bush-league nonsense that the ref should have put a stop to instantly. Between that, Arjen “The Human Stuka” Robben, and the thugball they played in 2010, Holland represents so much of what’s wrong with football. I hope Argentina humiliate them.

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