Goalkeeper of the Week: Stipe Pletikosa turns in two great saves in Russia (video)
FK Rostov goalkeeper Stipe Pletikosa made one big save in each half to keep his club in the match at league-leading CSKA Moscow on Saturday. His efforts were not repaid on the other end, as CSKA won 1-0 to maintain its perch atop the Russian Premier League.
Nonetheless, Pletikosa was at the top of his game, only a 71st-minute tap-in from inside the six-yard by an unmarked Konstantin Bazelyuk good enough to beat the 34-year-old goalkeeper on the day.
A veteran of two World Cups and two additional qualifying campaigns, Pletikosa showed a wide range of ability on his saves. His first-half effort came at full extension to his left, reaching his top hand to guide a curling shot from Brazilian winger Vitinho over the crossbar:
In the second half, Pletikosa had to get up quickly after diving to stop a shot that was blocked and react to Ahmed Musa’s header from right in front of goal:
Both of those saves kept the match scoreless until Bazelyuk finished off a flowing team goal for CSKA, Pletikosa’s defense failing to track the substitute’s back-post run.
If there was a better goalkeeping performance anywhere in the world this weekend, we’d like to hear about it. Leave a comment below, and video links are welcome.