Krul had Spurs players’ penalty directions written on his WATER BOTTLE


Tim Krul had Tottenham’s penalty directions written on his WATER BOTTLE for his shoot-out heroics… and he even knew where Troy Parrott would hit ball despite him making just ONE senior appearance!

  • Norwich held Tottenham to a 1-1 draw in the FA Cup fifth round on Wednesday 
  • The game went to penalties and Tim Krul was the star man for Norwich 
  • He saved two penalties and managed to win his team the game with his efforts
  • Krul had where Spurs players would hit the ball written on his water bottle 

Tim Krul had Spurs’ penalty takers and the directions they would shoot listed on his water bottle ahead of Norwich’s shock win on spot kicks in the FA Cup on Wednesday night.

Norwich managed to equalise in the 78th minute of the game through Josip Drmic, having earlier fallen behind to Jan Vertonghen’s header.

But when the two teams failed to score during extra-time, the Canaries knew they would have to rely on the man between the sticks to be the hero. 

Tim Krul was Norwich’s penalty shootout hero during Wednesday’s game against Spurs

The Dutch goalkeeper had all of Spurs’ penalty takers listed on his water bottle

The bottle also said which direction the player was likely to hit the ball in at a spot kick


1. Eric Dier – Scored

2. Erik Lamela – Missed

3. Giovani Lo Celso – Scored

4. Troy Parrott – Missed

5. Gedson Fernandes – Missed

Krul had clearly prepared for that outcome to the game as his water bottle listed every penalty taker and which direction they were likely to go.

That included Troy Parrott, who only made his second appearance for Spurs.

Eric Dier would strike Spurs’ first penalty past Krul, despite the Norwich man going the right way, but Erik Lamela struck the bar with his.

Giovani Lo Celso bagged and then Parrott was the first to have a spot kick saved, with Krul diving low to his left to turn it away.

The crucial penalty fell to loanee Gedson Fernandes, whose tame effort to the right of the goal was saved by the Dutch goalkeeper with another demonstration of his reflexes. 

With Norwich scoring three of their spot kicks, it meant the Canaries advanced.

Krul diving low to his left to knock away Gedson Fernandes’ penalty that won Norwich the tie

It brought back memories of his shoot-out antics for Holland at the 2014 World Cup, when Louis van Gaal introduced him as a late specialist substitute.

On that day, he guessed the right direction every time and saved two penalties to help his side advance to the next side. 

It was even more impressive given Krul’s reputation outweighed reality — he had actually saved just two of the last 20 penalties he had faces prior to Wednesday night.

Which is why he was delighted to have made such a difference in Norwich reaching the quarter-finals after the two teams played out a 1-1 draw. 

‘Everyone says I am good at penalties so I knew I’d better start saving some,’ he told BBC Sport after the win.

The Norwich players celebrating with Krul after his impressive intervention in north London

‘That’s what it’s all about, that’s why we do the work. When you have down times, this is what you think of. 

‘As a little boy you want to save penalties and get your club through. Big emotions today.

‘Me and my coach do our homework, I had them on my bottle, it all happens in a shootout. 

‘What a place to do it as well and for 9,000 fans to be here on a Wednesday night.’


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