Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Vivaldi strong in shock win over Germany

In a goalkeeping display that wasn't ostentatious but got the job done and more so, Vivaldi put in a solid performance getting the pinpoint basics sorted, even at this level, to help his side trump an otherwise dominant Germany in a surprise win. Without solid foundations, a goalkeeper cannot succeed at the highest levels, to work from, and yet in yesterday's game, the need for strong basics were on show. Vivaldi had little work to do, but showed the importance of concentration and mental alertness (mental agility as they're now calling it in goalkeepers; vis a vis Lloris timing his rushouts to close 1-on-1's spectacularly) as he helped his side to victory.

  • Covered the shot to his post well: shows good awareness of angles and timing to cover his near post
  • Made an otherwise embarrassing shot (which could have gone through him) into a simple block before recovering to kick the ball away to prevent anyone getting onto the rebound (a la England's goal against India after Sreejesh's outstanding stretching save); could have easily made a hash of it but simplified and corrected an otherwise tricky situation

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