Comrade of the Day: Matchday SEVEN

21 June 2018, 11:01
Life After Football

Another day, another Cristiano Ronaldo goal and another standout performer from the World Cup. But CR7 isn't our pick of the players from Matchday Seven.

Rather, it's the other man responsible for the scoreline in Portugal's one-nil win over Morocco - their goalkeeper, Rui Patricio.

Bouncing back from being well-beaten three times against Spain, the Portugal number one returned to the good form shown at Euro 2016 as he kept Morocco at bay to keep Portugal's slender lead. It wasn't an unbelievably busy afternoon for him, but that goes for 'keepers across all three games as we only saw three goals all day as attacks faced tough defences. However, there was one save that stood out.

When Belhanda met a cross from the right clean and true, he must have thought he'd got the equaliser and World Cup goal that his nation craves so much. Skimming off of his head perfectly to the left-hand side of the goal at pace, this was the moment that Morocco had been waiting for. But then came Rui Patricio, diving to his right and palming the ball away to deny him.

There were shades of Gordon Banks in 1970 to his save and, although his opponent may not have been Pele, Rui Patricio's quick reactions are enough to make him our standout player in a day where goalkeepers had the better of strikers.


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