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Spot on: Tim Krul is congratulated by Jasper Cillessen, the man he replaced for the penalty shoot-out, after his two saves

Spot on: Tim Krul is congratulated by Jasper Cillessen, the man he replaced for the penalty shoot-out, after his two saves

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Spot on: Tim Krul is congratulated by Jasper Cillessen, the man he replaced for the penalty shoot-out, after his two saves

Tim Krul has promised to wind up Lionel Messi and his Argentina team-mates if Holland's World Cup semi-final goes to penalties tomorrow.

Krul drew criticism for his antics during Holland's 4-3 penalty shootout win over Costa Rica on Saturday night.

The Newcastle goalkeeper 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's actions were not in keeping with the spirit of the game, but the 26-year-old is sure he did the right thing – and he will not hesitate to do the same again.

"I don't think I did anything wrong," the Holland goalkeeper 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 because I saved two penalties.

"It is a good way of psyching (penalty takers) out and I am happy to do it again."

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Argentina have not yet had to endure the lottery of a penalty shootout at this World Cup, but if tomorrow's game in Sao Paulo went to spot-kicks, Messi would certainly take one.

Whoever the five takers are, Krul will be ready for them.

"We will analyse every Argentina penalty on Monday," the stopper said. "We will sit together and write up a plan."

Krul only came on to the field of play in the 120th minute as a replacement for number one Jasper Cillessen.

Holland coach Louis van Gaal thought Krul would be better equipped to save a penalty as he is two inches taller than Cillessen, and he was right.

Krul thought the decision to bring him on was a stroke of genius from the Manchester United manager in waiting.

"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!

"It is an honour for us to have a coach like (Van Gaal).

"A club like Manchester United knows what the world of football thinks of him.

"He is proving it and has shown what tactical qualities he has."

Cillessen was none too happy with the move at the time as he kicked over a water bottle.

"I didn't know it would happen, it was a surprise," said Cillessen. "I was a bit angry. It is a pity I wasn't told, but it worked very well. He made two saves."


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