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Goalkeeper of the Week: Stipe Pletikosa turns in two great saves in Russia (video)

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Croatia’s Stipe Pletikosa is seen before his team’s World Cup Group A qualifying soccer match against Serbia in Belgrade, Serbia, Friday, Sept. 6, 2013. (AP Photo/ Marko Drobnjakovic)


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.

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