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The Last Goalkeeper To Save A Bruno Fernandes Penalty Reveals Exactly How He Did It

The Last Goalkeeper To Save A Bruno Fernandes Penalty Reveals Exactly How He Did It

The last man to save a Bruno Fernandes penalty has given every Premier League goalkeeper a vital piece of advice.

Fernandes has a perfect record from the penalty spot since joining Manchester United and he's converted his last 17 penalties in total.

The last man to deny the 25-year-old from the spot was Miguel Soares during Sporting Lisbon vs Loures in October 2018.

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Soares explained his saving technique to the Daily Star and revealed Fernandes always looks at the keeper when taking his penalties.

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"The save was a great moment. The secret was the small movement I made to the left.

"Bruno looks at the keeper when he takes a penalty, so I did the same to him. I feigned to dive to the left, and went to the right.

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"I wanted to make Bruno take his decision as late as possible. I didn't want to make his life easier.

"We took Sporting all the way to extra time, and still gave them a scare before they won 2-1."

Soares, who is now a property consultant as well as a player with Pero Pinheiro, conceded that he'd like to see the 25-year-old continue his strong start to life at Old Trafford.

"I hope Bruno can continue converting penalties in the Premier League. He'll miss one eventually, but I hope it won't be for a while - it is better for me.

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"I didn't manage to get his shirt after the Sporting game, but I would love to have one of his Manchester United shirts now.

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"Although I was his opponent on the day, I am a big fan of his."

Fernandes' overall record from 12 yards has seen him score 26 of 28 penalties in his career.

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"I like the pressure you know? When the keeper leaves the ball close to him, I know he's afraid. He gave me that little bit more confidence I need.

"Of course they try to do these mind games, but it's better for me when they do it.

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"I think the most important one [goal] will be the next.

"I'm always thinking about the next one. I'm happy, all goals are important in different ways.

"It was important for us and for me to score this goal because it gives us the chance to be more calm in the game."

United return to action on Wednesday when they take on LASK in the second leg of their Europa League last 16 tie.

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Topics: Bruno Fernandes, Football News, News, Football, Manchester United, Premier League, sporting lisbon, Penalty

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Daniel Marland

Daniel is a freelance journalist for SPORTbible and covers a variety of sports. He also has past experience of working at Manchester United and once locked eyes with Jose Mourinho. He lived to tell the tale.