The Euros 2016 have brought some players into the spotlight. Not only the outfield players have enjoyed all the attention so far, some of the goalkeepers have also been extraordinary as well. Although, only a handful has been able to keep clean sheets, making the race for the golden glove even more tighter, it can’t be denied that these 5 goalies have been exceptional in France thus far.
The Switzerland goalie has been extraordinary thus far, helping the Swiss progress to the next round with a lot of timely saves. Having conceded just on 1 occasion, the Borussia Monchengladbach keeper is definitely in contention for the best goalkeeper of the tournament award with 2 clean sheets thus far. His best performance was against France where he was given a man-of-the-match award for his saves. Although the woodwork came to his rescue on 3 occasions, it still can’t be denied he put in an excellent work against the hosts.
The Austria international might have conceded 2 goals against Hungary, but it could have easily been more if not for his saves. The 6ft plus shot stopper who currently plies his trade at home with Austria Vienna was particularly spectacular against the Portuguese attack, with Ronaldo failing to put the ball past him, including a penalty that struck the post. Almer isn’t good with the ball on his feet, but he makes up for that with his excellent saving hands. With 12 total saves thus far, he will be hoping to keep the ball away from the net when they face Iceland in their last attempt to secure a berth in the final 16.
The veteran was always going to be a threat to goals in France. And Spain were almost going to be a victim if not for a well-placed Pique’s header in the closing minutes of the game. 3 goals conceded in 2 games for the EPL goalkeeper of the season looks like a poor record, but no keeper has made crucial saves than the Arsenal goal custodian at the moment. Against the misfiring Turks, the former Chelsea goalie definitely has a high chance of keeping a clean sheet.
Protected by the Portugal central defense duo of Pepe and Carvalho, the Sporting Lisbon legend has enjoyed enough cover at France. But he has never failed to step up every time he got called into action except for once. Austria and Iceland rarely threatened, but when they did, it was goal-bound if not for Patricio’s quality. He has been a standout performer in what has been a disappointing campaign for his side.
No goalkeeper has made more saves than the filmmaker in France. With 14 saves and only 2 goals conceded, the 32-year-old has kept Iceland’s hope of progressing to the round of 16 alive. A part-time professional football player and video director by profession, Hannes has defied the odds through his heroics and will enter the history books are one of the best players that put up a great performance for Iceland in their first ever tournament.