Agony for Newcastle's Tim Krul
Tim Krul and AZ Alkmaar suffered an agonising defeat in the KNVB Cup final
Vitesse Arnhem won yesterday's showpiece in Rotterdam 2-0 to claim their first major trophy.
Former Norwich City striker Ricky van Wolswinkel scored both goals at De Kuip.
Krul, on a half-season loan at AZ from Newcastle, was the hero in his team's semi-final win over Cambuur.
But the 29-year-old left the pitch distraught after van Wolswinkel scored two late goals in front of a 46,105 crowd.
Krul – who ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament playing for Holland in October 2015 – spent the first half of the season on loan at Ajax.
However, he moved to Alkmaar in January after failing to make a first-team appearance for the Amsterdam club because of the form of Andre Onana.
And Krul has proved his fitness during a demanding few months at the AFAS Stadion.