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Viral Video of the Day: Iker Casillas Begs Ref to Cut Injury Time in Euro Final

Michael CummingsWorld Football Lead WriterDecember 19, 2016

It was time for the Euro 2012 final to finish. Iker Casillas said so.

Today's B/R World Football Viral Video of the Day features the increasingly legendary Spanish goalkeeper doing something a bit unexpected near the end of the Euro 2012 final over the weekend.

While the three allotted minutes of stoppage time were being played at the end of the second half, Casillas was filmed asking the UEFA goal-line official to cut the game short.

How short? Right that second. Watch the video to get an idea of what Casillas was asking.

"Referee!" said Casillas. "Respect for the rival. Respect for Italia. 4-0, yeah?"

In other words: "Hey ref! This is a blowout. Blow your dang whistle already!"

As if on cue, the center referee—who was probably 50 yards or more away from Casillas at that point—blew the whistle to end the match. If you choose to think it was a coincidence, go right ahead.

I choose to believe Saint Iker channeled some ESP through the goal-line official to the match referee, who blew the whistle right on command.

What's that, you say? The three minutes of stoppage time were all done? Yeah, well, that's just a minor detail.

Speaking of the whole "Saint Iker" phenomenon, how do you think this affects Casillas' reputation? For me, it's a classy move from a classy keeper who's won literally everything there is to win in world football.

For those keeping track, Casillas has now won two Euro cups, one World Cup, five Spanish league titles and two Champions League crowns.

Also, he kept opponents from scoring on his goal for the last 509 minutes he played at Euro 2012. That's 15 better than Italian keeper Dino Zoff's previous record of 494.

(h/t Dirty Tackle)


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