The FIFA World Cup can propel a player’s career and have their name written into the history books.
Netherlands goalkeeper Tim Krul enjoyed such a moment in the 2014 tournament, with his heroics in a penalty shootout against Costa Rica.
Netherlands and Costa Rica – 2014 World Cup
The quarter-finals of the 2014 World Cup saw Louis Van Gaal’s Netherlands side clash with underdogs of the tournament, Costa Rica.
Prior to this game, the Netherlands had defeated the reigning world champions Spain in a 5-1 thumping, helping seal their advancement from the Group Stages.
On the other hand, Costa Rica shocked their group, which was labelled the group of death, finishing above Italy, Uruguay and England.
The knockout stages saw the Netherlands drawn against Mexico in the round of 16, where Van Gaal’s side emerged as 2-1 victors, and Costa Rica defeated Greece on penalties.
Netherlands 0-0 Costa Rica – Quarter finals
The quarter-final match took place at Arena Fonte Nova, where both teams applied pressure from the get-go.
Wesley Sneijder came close two times in quick succession as one of his freekicks was saved by Keylor Navas, and the other struck the post.
The first 90 minutes saw Costa Rica defend for their lives as the Netherlands continued to attack but weren’t able to break the deadlock.
Louis van Gaal subs on Tim Krul for penalty shootout heroics
It was the same story for the 30 minutes of extra time, resulting in Costa Rica having to partake in another penalty shootout.
Van Gaal made the unexpected tactical substitution before the full-time whistle to take starting goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen off and replace him with Tim Krul for the penalties.
Football – Netherlands v Costa Rica – FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014 – Quarter Final – Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador, Brazil – 5/7/14
Holland’s Jasper Cillessen is substituted by Tim Krul (R)
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Costa Rica stepped up to take the first penalty with the now-Norwich City goalkeeper going the right way, but Celso Borges was able to just find the bottom right corner.
Robin Van Persie replied with a similar penalty, nestling the ball into the net.
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Costa Rica hoped they’d regain the lead as Bryan Ruiz was about to take the nation’s second spot kick of the shootout.
Ruiz aimed for the bottom corner again, but Krul would make the save, to the delight of the Netherlands fans, staff and players.
Goalkeeper Tim Krul of the Net…