As probably the sole reason that Real Valladolid managed to keep their loss down to a margin of just one goal, Dani Hernandez will have raised the attention of many with a strong showing against one of the best attacking forces in world football.
Cristiano Ronaldo, Sergio Ramos, Karim Benzema and company all attempted to penetrate the Venezuelan’s net on numerous occasions, but only the latter managed to do so, and just the once at that.
Cumulatively, Real Madrid had 20 shots at goal on Saturday, 13 of which were on target, meaning Hernandez pulled off a very respectable 10 saves.
For Real Madrid’s first equaliser, a defensive error left Hernandez on the worse side of a two-on-one scenario, leaving the ‘keeper with very little to even hope for in preventing the goal.
In regards to the winner, Mesut Özil’s curled free-kick will probably be talked about for some time and was a glimpse of magic that very few stoppers would be able to keep from going in.
With numerous moments in which he could say he kept his team in the game, Hernandez is a candidate for Man of the Match, regardless of the fact he was on the losing side.
Now, that’s saying something.