Photos: Tim Krul's heroics power Netherlands into World Cup Semis

 Photos: Tim Kruls heroics power Netherlands into World Cup Semis

Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal's masterstroke of substituting Jasper Cillessen with Tim Krul in the dying minutes of extra time paid rich dividends as Netherlands edged out Costa Rica 4-3 on penalties to enter the World Cup 2014 semi-finals. Costa Rica's midfielder Celso Borges converted the first penalty with a calm left-footed strike to the bottom right corner. AFP

Robin van Persie stepped up for Netherlands and made it 1-1. He too targeted the bottom right corner and successfully managed to beat the keeper. AFP

Robin van Persie stepped up for Netherlands and made it 1-1. He too targeted the bottom right corner and successfully managed to beat the keeper. AFP

Costa Rica's Bryan Ruiz tried to go the same way but Krul dived to make a good stop. Reuters

Costa Rica's Bryan Ruiz tried to go the same way but Krul dived to make a good stop. Reuters

Tim Krul celebrates after saving Ruiz's penalty. Reuters

Tim Krul celebrates after saving Ruiz's penalty. Reuters

Arjen Robben then smashed one to the top left corner, sending the keeper wrong way to make it 2-1. AFP

Arjen Robben then smashed one to the top left corner, sending the keeper wrong way to make it 2-1. AFP

Costa Rica's Giancarlo Gonzalez made it 2-2 s he crunched one to the right, Krul went the right way but was beaten by the pace. Wesley Snijder made it 3-2 to Netherlands, sending the keeper wrong way. AFP

Costa Rica's Giancarlo Gonzalez made it 2-2 s he crunched one to the right, Krul went the right way but was beaten by the pace. Wesley Snijder made it 3-2 to Netherlands, sending the keeper wrong way. AFP

Costa Rica's Christian Bolanos (front) walks up to take his penalty shot. Bolanos made it 3-3 as he smashed one to the top left corner, Krul went the right way but didn't manage to save it. Reuters

Costa Rica's Christian Bolanos (front) walks up to take his penalty shot. Bolanos made it 3-3 as he smashed one to the top left corner, Krul went the right way but didn't manage to save it. Reuters

Dirk Kuyt then made it 4-3 to the Dutch as he fired in a shot low to the left of the keeper. AP

Dirk Kuyt then made it 4-3 to the Dutch as he fired in a shot low to the left of the keeper. AP

This was the moment that sent the Netherlands fans into a frenzy as Krul saved Michael Umana's penalty and helped Netherlands book a place in the semis of the World Cup. Reuters

This was the moment that sent the Netherlands fans into a frenzy as Krul saved Michael Umana's penalty and helped Netherlands book a place in the semis of the World Cup. Reuters

Goalkeeper Tim Krul of the Netherlands celebrates with teammates after the penalty shootout. Van Gaal's tactical masterclass and Krul's heroics saved the day for the Dutch. Reuters

Goalkeeper Tim Krul of the Netherlands celebrates with teammates after the penalty shootout. Van Gaal's tactical masterclass and Krul's heroics saved the day for the Dutch. Reuters

Updated Date: Jul 06, 2014 13:57:35 IST