Euro 2012: Top 5 Goalkeepers
We take a look at the top 5 goalkeepers of the Euro 2012 as per the ratings index. The top 5 goalkeepers remain unchanged from the group stages, with Neuer slipping down...
Stephan Andersen has been the `Best Goalkeeper` in the Euro 2012. The Dane made a number of crucial saves and was flawless in dealing with crosses to keep his side in contention in the `Group of Death`. The Evian number one kept his nerve and denied both Cristiano Ronaldo and Robin van Persie in one-on-one situations, unfortunately that`s all we saw from him in this edition of Euros.
The Euro 2012 winning captain conceded only goal from open play in the tournament, coming way back in Spain`s opening tie against finalists, Italy. Casillas was untested for most of the tournament, but showed immense concentration when called upon, racking up quality saves and the crucial penalty save of Jao Moutinho. Casillas, who captained his side to an unprecedented third straight success at international level recorded his 100th international victory in doing so, a feat unmatched by any other player. Casillas also broke Dino Zoff`s European Championship record of 494 minutes without conceding, setting a new record of 511 minutes without being beaten as Spain retained their continental crown.
Pletikosa was highly consistent for Croatia. He started his European campaign with claiming poor crosses and weak efforts from the Irish before the highlight of his tournament, which was surely his double-save against Claudio Marchisio when his side drew against Italy. The Croatian No. 1 almost won his side a point against Spain with numerous saves before Jesus Navas broke the deadlock two minutes from time.
The PSV number one pounced on his chance, saving a penalty with his first touch of the ball in the opening game against quarter-finalists Greece. The home side’s hero went on to make a number of important saves which saw him keep Arsenal’s Wojciech Szczesny out of the starting line-up in Poland’s final group game against Czech Republic.
Neuer was an onlooker for major periods of the tournament, but displayed his sharp reflexes when he was called into action. The German shot-stopper was not at fault for conceding two goals in each of the two knockout stages and showed his handling skills to keep out long shots as well as his spectacular outfield skills, using his head and feet to boost his side’s attacking threat while losing to Italy.