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Tim defends his antics

Rio de Janeiro: Netherlands goalkeeper Tim Krul was back defending himself on Sunday, less than 24 hours after making two stunning penalty saves against Costa Rica to book his team’s place in the World Cup semi-finals.

He also came under heavy criticism on social media for his antics and intimidating tactics against the Costa Rican penalty takers, staring them down and yelling at them before they took their shots.

Asked whether he had overstepped the line of good sportsmanship, a defiant Krul said he had nothing to apologise for.

“I don’t think I’ve done anything wrong,” he told a news conference at his team’s training ground in Rio on Sunday.

“I didn’t shout anything nasty at them. I just told them that I knew where they were going. I’m trying obviously to get in their heads and it worked yesterday.”