Watch out, Iker. Be afraid, Gigi. You've got some new competition.
His name is Agustin Pelletieri, and he's a 30-year-old defensive midfielder who currently plays for Racing Club de Avellaneda in Argentina's Primera Division.
So why should Iker Casillas and Gianluigi Buffon take note? Because Pelletieri just pulled off one of the season's most impressive penalty saves.
You read that right. A defensive midfielder saved a penalty. It happened Monday night during an Apertura match.
The video appears above and is the Set Piece video of the day. Enjoy.
Here's the backstory. Racing Club goalkeeper Jorge De Olivera drew a red card late in the second half of the match for pulling down a San Martin de San Juan player in the box.
Pelletieri then put on a goalkeeper's jersey and some gloves—and promptly made the save from the ensuing penalty kick. He dived to his right, palmed away the shot and then got up and raced over to cover the rebound.
The match ended with a 3-1 win for Racing Club (via FIFA.com), thanks to Pelletieri (oh, and also a hat trick by Luciano Vietto). The result lifted Racing Club into second place in the Apertura standings.
And in the process, Pelletieri garnered worldwide attention for a stunning save.
So what do you think, B/R readers? Stunning skill? Epic save or poor penalty?
Or was it more like beginners' luck? Do you think he could do it again if he had to?
Let me know what you think in the comments section.
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