Watch: Barcelona's Jasper Cillessen Produced A Sensational Save Last Night
Is Jasper Cillessen the best second-choice goalkeeper in world football today? The Netherlands shotstopper has had to play second fiddle to Marc-Andre Ter Stegen ever since he joined Barcelona but is more than up to standard when he does get the nod, as he showed last night.
The former Ajax man was in between the sticks at the Mestalla for the Copa Del Rey semi-final second leg against Valencia last night as Ernesto Valverde's side did the business and progressed to the final thanks to a 3-0 aggregate win.
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Philippe Coutinho bagged his first goal in Blaugrana colours in the 49th minute before Ivan Rakitic added a second eight minutes from time.
It was fairly routine for the La Liga leaders in the end, but they needed a stunning save from Cillessen to keep the score at 1-0 in the 73rd minute.
Sergi Roberto was skinned down his side and a teasing cross was nodded back into the path of Jose Gaya, who was free in the six yards box.
Jasper Cillessen save from different angles pic.twitter.com/TDd1iVzN73
- #MesQueUnClub (@fcbimir) February 9, 2018
Jasper Cillessen with a contender for save of the season pic.twitter.com/iTX9t4xNSK
- Mohamed Moallim (@iammoallim) February 8, 2018
Magical save from J. Cillessen pic.twitter.com/zsF6L7h6qT
- Worlboss Corey (@WorlbossCorey) February 8, 2018
It was a golden opportunity for the Spaniard to level matters, but just as the home supporters were about to leap out of their seats and celebrate, Cillessen produced an incredible one-handed save to deny Gaya.
The speed of reaction, coupled with the strength he showed in his right hand, is simply sensational and had fans in awe on social media:
Remarkable save by Cillessen. I've been saying it for a while, he's easily the best 2nd-choice GK in Europe.
- #14 (@LaCroqueta6) February 8, 2018
CILLESSEN spreads his body like an octopus and makes a stunning save!
- Barcelona Worldwide (@BarcaWorldwide) February 8, 2018
Cillessen has been nothing short of spectacular since joining, what the hell was that save!!!!!!
- Rafael Hernández (@RafaelH117) February 8, 2018
WHAT AN UNBELIEVABLE SAVE THAT IS
- TalkFCB (@FCBNewsRoom) February 8, 2018
The best reaction to the save belonged to captain Andres Iniesta, who was spotted describing the stop to Ter Stegen on the bench.
Here's the gif of Iniesta explaining save of Jasper cillessen to ter stegen :joy::joy: pic.twitter.com/wekuhRHRNt
- Sam (@its_tsuki) February 9, 2018
Save of the season?
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