FIFA World Cup: Tim Krul to stick to penalty technique
Tim Krul has vowed to wind up Lionel Messi and his Argentina team-mates if Netherlands' World Cup semi-final goes to penalties on Wednesday
Rio de Janeiro: Tim Krul has vowed to wind up Lionel Messi and his Argentina team-mates if Netherlands' World Cup semi-final goes to penalties on Wednesday.
Tim Krul during a training session in Rio de Janeiro yesterday. Pic/AFP
Krul drew criticism for his antics during Netherland's 4-3 penalty shootout win over Costa Rica on Saturday.
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 the spirit of the game, but the 26-year-old is sure he did the right thing — and will do the same again.
"I didn't do anything wrong," the goalkeeper said.
"'I did nothing crazy. I didn't shout in aggressively. 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."