Another strange weekend on the goalkeeping front, with no less than eleven teams keeping clean sheets. That included joint leaders Atlético Madrid, Barcelona and Real Madrid, Courtois and Valdés keeping up their battle for this season’s Zamora, and Diego López waiting on the sidelines in case they fail. There were 0-0 draws between Beto’s Sevilla and Diego Alvés’s Valencia, and also between Elche and Osasuna (Andrés) on Friday night, Manu Herrera coming on for the last fifteen minutes for the locals after Toño limped off with an injury. Elsewhere Keylor Navas (Levante), Yoel (Celta), Roberto (Granada) and Bravo (Real Sociedad) also kept their goals against columns to zero in their teams’ respective wins, and a change at Villarreal, Juan Carlos making his league debut this season in place of the injured Sergio Asenjo. ( 18.02.14 )
PS. A special mention for Iker Casillas, who extended his own personal record to 862 minutes unbeaten after an eighth clean sheet in a row in the cup. The aggregate 5-0 semi-final victory against city rivals Atlético Madrid means that Real Madrid are the first team (at least in the modern era) to reach the cup final without letting in a single goal in the competition. Although Casillas has not played a single minute in the league this season, his performances in the cup and Champions League are keeping him on track for a place in Spain’s World Cup squad this summer.
|Zamoras||Games played||Goals against||Difference|
|Diego López (Real Madrid)||24||24||0|
|Iraizoz (Athletic Bilbao)||20||23||+3|
|Keylor Navas (Levante)||22||26||+4|
|Diego Alves (Valencia)||18||23||+5|
|Bravo (Real Sociedad)||24||34||+10|