Andres Palop yesterday became the active goalkeeper in the Primera Division to have saved the most penalties.
The 38-year-old’s save from Granada’s Guilherme Siqueira didn’t prevent El Grana taking the lead when Mikel Rico followed up to score, but it did produce a record for the ‘keeper.
It was his 12th spot-kick saved whilst on duty in Spain’s top Division, meaning that he pulled away from former Real Zaragoza and Valencia ‘keeper Cesar Sanchez on 11 to become the most successful from 12 yards still active. Cesar is currently a free agent.
The retired Santiago Canizares, another former Valencia shot-stopper, holds the record for most penalties denied in the top flight, with 13 to his name. Real Madrid’s Iker Casillas has saved 10 penalties in his career to date.
Notable names to have been denied by Palop from the spot in the past include Fernando Torres, Ronaldinho and Fernando Llorente.