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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Dutch hero has Krul intentions

TIM KRUL has defended his decision to wind up Costa Rica's penalty takers in The Netherlands' dramatic quarter-final victory - and said he will repeat the dose in the semi-final showdown with Argentina if neccessary.

Oranje 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 shootout.

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

"I don't think I did anything wrong," the Holland goalkeeper said yesterday.

"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.

"It is a good way of psyching them out and I am happy to do it again," Krul said.

Dutch manager Louis van Gaal must now prepare to face off against Lionel Messi's team on Wednesday night, while hosts Brazil, without Neymar and captain Thiago Silva, take on Germany tomorrow night.

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