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Alcoyano's 41-Year-Old Goalkeeper José Juan Figueras Has Only Ever Played One Top-Flight Game In His Career

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Alcoyano's 41-Year-Old Goalkeeper José Juan Figueras Has Only Ever Played One Top-Flight Game In His Career

Alcoyano's 41-year-old goalkeeper José Juan Figueras made 10 saves against Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday night; a truly gargantuan performance from a man with very little top-flight experience.

The former Real Valladolid, Ourense and Elche shot-stopper, who made his only La Liga appearance for Celta Vigo in 2003, kept his side in the game last night with a number of massive saves against the mighty Los Blancos.

In fact, no other goalkeeper has made more saves than Figueras in a game against Zinedine Zidane's side this season in all competitions. He was really that good.

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It was a night to remember for the Spanish third division outfit.

After Los Blancos took the lead through Eder Militao, the Segunda Division B side cancelled out the defender's opener in the first-half when Jose Solbes forced extra-time after an 80th minute strike.

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Alcoyano striker and part-time plumber Juanan Casanova then put the minnows ahead five minutes from time, slotting home from inside the box with his goal sparking wild scenes.

Zidane could only laugh on the touchline as the Spanish minnows celebrated wildly.

After the full-time whistle, Zidane played down the result being 'a disgrace' in his post-match press conference.

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"We tried. The players gave their all on the pitch." he said. "I'm the coach, the responsibility is mine. I'm responsible. We've played against a third division team and we should have won but it's not a disgrace.

"This is football. These are things that happen in the life of a footballer. Had we scored the second goal it would have been a different game. Their goalkeeper made two or three saves."

José Juan Figueras certainly made more that two or three saves, Zinedine.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Football News, Football, Copa del Rey, Real Madrid

Jack Kenmare
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