Going to the semi finals FIFA World Cup 2014


Tim Krul is a hero as the substitute goalkeeper saved two penalties to send us through to the World Cup semi-finals.

Louis Van Gaal is a manager who likes to take chances, throw in a surprise from nowhere to upset the opposition without worrying about the consequences if it goes wrong. Seeing the quarterfinal against Costa Rica going into penalties, he replaced Jasper Cillessen, who had played every single minute of Holland's World Cup until then, with Tim Krul right at the end of extra time, and what a masterstroke it proved to be.

It's not like Krul has a great record of saving penalties, having managed to repel only two out of 20 in the Premier League with Newcastle, but having that sixth sense, Krul stepped up, made two vital, crucial saves off a Costa Rican team which had scored all five penalties in their previous outing against Greece, to send us into dreamland and a "cannot wait for it" semifinal against Argentina.

Costa Rica should leave Brazil with pride. They must be proud of all their efforts in this World Cup.