It was deep into stoppage time in an intensely fought Portuguese Clássico. A thumping header from Sporting centre-back Sebastian Coates sent the ball arrowing towards the bottom corner of Porto’s net, seemingly earning Sporting a share of the spoils.
Iker Casillas, however, was not convinced.
Showing astonishing reflexes and agility belying his 35 years, the Spaniard produced a cat-like dive and at full stretch palmed away the ball.
Moments later the final whistle blew and an uncharacteristically magnanimous Jorge Jesus made a point of going onto the pitch and congratulating Casillas. “I told Casillas it was he who had won the game,” the Sporting coach said to reporters afterwards. “He’s a great goalkeeper.” It's a view even those who were initially sceptical have come to share.
Writing for ESPN, Tom Kundert describes how the evergreen Iker Casillas has become a big hit at Porto and made critics eat their words. To read the article entitled Iker Casillas’ Porto revival has critics eating their words click on the link.
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