Louis van Gaal hailed as a genius again for bringing Tim Krul on to win Holland penalty shoot-out v Costa Rica

Louis van Gaal has big Cojones!

Late on in extra time of Holland v Costa Rica, it emerged that Newcastle keeper Tim Krul was warming up.

On 120 minutes, just as penalties were nearing, Tim Krul replaced Jasper Cillessen in the Netherlands goal.

Thanks to Louis van Gaal, this is the first time at the World Cup that a goalkeeper comes on as a sub solely for the penalty shootout.

Was it because Krul is a better shot stopper than Cillessen?

Or, merely psychological as Holland have a woeful record in extra time at World Cups and generally with penalty shoot-outs.

Tim Krul duly saved Costa Rica’s second penalty from Bryan Ruiz.

Then the Newcastle keeper saved the final Costa Rica penalty from Michael Umana and then the Louis van Gaal love poured in!