Debate: Should Tim Krul Start for Netherlands in World Cup Semi vs. Argentina?

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Debate: Should Tim Krul Start for Netherlands in World Cup Semi vs. Argentina?
Hassan Ammar

Netherlands head coach Louis van Gaal took an amazing tactical gamble as his team prepared for a penalty shootout against Costa Rica in the World Cup quarter-finals.

In the dying seconds of extra-time, the incoming Manchester United manager switched goalkeepers ahead of the shootout with Tim Krul of Newcastle United replacing Ajax's Jasper Cillessen.

The move paid instant dividends with Krul making two saves to send the Netherlands through to a last-four clash with Argentina on Wednesday.

Van Gaal admitted after the match that he was "a bit proud" of the decision, as BBC Sport reported.

The Dutch coach was quoted as saying:

We all thought Tim was the best keeper to stop penalties.

He is taller and has a longer reach.

It worked out. That was beautiful. I'm a bit proud of that.

Van Gaal has already stated in the same interview that Cillessen will start against Argentina, but does Krul deserve his chance in the semi-final in Sao Paulo on Wednesday?

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Jasper Cillessen should start as he has done well thus far. He also knows what it takes to win titles as he plays for Ajax. Remember also that he made...
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I guess nobody has remembered the final crucial save he had to make during extra time. Jasper will start against Agentina, no doubt about it.
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Cillisen hasn't looked too convincing this time. Krul on the other hand, without any experience came in for a shootout. Krul's a better keeper. It's a...
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