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Thibaut Courtois Produced 'One Of The Greatest Penalty Saves In History' During Real Madrid's Super Cup Win

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Thibaut Courtois Produced 'One Of The Greatest Penalty Saves In History' During Real Madrid's Super Cup Win

​Thibaut Courtois produced a truly monumental penalty save in Real Madrid's Super Cup triumph over Athletic Bilbao.​

Courtois kept a clean sheet as Real beat Bilbao 2-0 in Saudi Arabia to secure their 12th Super Cup title. 

Luka Modric opened the scoring in the 34th minute, with Karim Benzema converting a penalty in the 52nd minute. 

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And the team had Courtois to thank for preventing Bilbao from scoring as the Belgium keeper performed wonders late on.

Bilbao ​were awarded a spot kick after Eder Militao blocked a shot with his hand. 

But Courtois denied Raul Garcia, brilliantly saving his penalty with his trailing leg. 

Garcia fired the penalty down the middle, with the ex-Chelsea man incredibly keeping it out with his left leg. ​

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Fans and critics alike praised his penalty save, hailing it as one of the greatest penalty saves in history.

One tweeted: "Thibaut Courtois is the best goalkeeper in the world. It doesn’t matter when you’re reading this."

A second wrote: "This Courtois penalty save must go down as one of the greatest penalty saves in the history of football."

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A third added: "Courtois pulled the best penalty save I’ve ever seen in my life."


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Courtois recognised the magnitude of his heroics in net, explaining: "Penalty save? If they score the penalty, there were 7 or 8 minutes left, heart-stopping minutes because against 10 men they would have sent everyone up, and then if it's 2-2 with 10 men it would be difficult in extra time.

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"But happy with the first title."

Carlo Ancelotti's side return to action on Thursday when they take on Elche in the Copa del Rey.

Featured Image Credit: BT Sport

Topics: Real Madrid, Thibaut Courtois, Football

Nasir Jabbar
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