Alkmaar – Eerste Divisie side SC Cambuur’s fairy tale run in the Dutch Cup came to an end in heartbreak against AZ Alkmaar on 2 March.
After one-hundred and twenty minutes of scoreless football, the match went into the dreaded penalty shootout. Iranian striker Alireza Jahanbakhsh had his penalty saved by Cambuur keeper Leonard Nienhuis but luck was definitely with the home side as two penalty kicks sailed over the bar and AZ keeper Tim Krul – on loan from Newcastle – made the decisive stop as AZ Alkmaar prevailed 3-2 on penalties and will meet Vitesse in the Dutch Cup Final on 30 April.
It was only fitting that Tim Krul had a hand in saving the day for AZ Alkmaar. Surely all Dutch football fans remember Krul’s heroics in the 2014 World Cup Quarterfinals when he stopped two penalties in a shootout against Costa Rica to put the Netherlands in the Semifinals.