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Krul won't start for Holland

TOP STOPPER: Holland's reserve goalkeeper Tim Krul (above) is better at stopping penalties than first-choice Jasper Cillessen, says Louis van Gaal. PHOTO: REUTERS

Holland's substitute goalkeeper Tim Krul may have been the hero in the penalty-shootout win over Costa Rica in the quarter-final.

However, that has not convinced coach Louis van Gaal to promote him to the starting line-up for tomorrow morning's (Singapore time) semi-final against Argentina.

Krul was brought on to replace first-choice goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen just as extra time was ending, with the score at 0-0.

He saved two spot-kicks in the ensuing shootout and Holland edged past Costa Rica 4-3.

"That didn't occur to me," van Gaal said this morning, when asked whether he had thought about starting Krul.

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"This is something I excluded from the very beginning, because I believe Jasper Cillessen is doing a wonderful job.

"Stopping a penalty, that is what the other two are better at, so I selected Krul."

Holland's other reserve goalkeeper is Michel Vorm.

Van Gaal was not asked whether he would choose Krul again should the semi-final go to penalties.

- Reuters.

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