Norwich hero Tim Krul knew Tottenham stars’ penalties with clever bottle trick
Norwich goalkeeper Tim Krul’s bottle held the secret to his FA Cup penalty success against Tottenham.
The Dutchman saved Gedson Fernandes’ weak strike to win the shootout for a place in the quarter-finals against Manchester United or Derby.
Jose Mourinho’s side went ahead through Jan Vertonghen but a Michel Vorm error allowed Jospi Drmic to sneak the ball in.
And the man famed for his heroics in the shootout saw Norwich prevail in north London.
Images from Twitter, though, show Krul had done his homework for the decider.
Ahead of the penalties, the Dutchman was seen looking at his bottle.
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This is because he had detailed how every Spurs player would take their shot from the spot.
Next to the names with either R (right), L (left) or Stand (down the middle).
And the 31-year-old was not far off the mark with his predictions:
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From player’s perspective
Eric Dier – R (The midfielder went left and Krul followed him but it was too much for the goalkeeper)
Eric Lamela – L (Spurs’ forward missed as his shot hit the upright)
Giovanni Lo Celso – L (The Argentine went left and found the net)
Troy Parrott – R (Mourinho’s youngster went right – but Krul read the shot and saved it)
Gedson Fernandes – Stand (The January signing delayed his run-up which took power out of the shot and Krul was able to jump for it to win the tie)
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These images were shared on Twitter by LanyBoi, where fans hailed the goalkeeper for his preparation.
“Name a better duo than Tim Krul and saving penalties,” one said.
Another commented: “Well done, that man.”
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While a third simply added; “Cheat code.”
And a fourth added: “Tim Krul has done his homework.”
It was a different story, though, for his opposite number Vorm after his disastrous error.
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