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Hugo Lloris vs Real Madrid.

Hugo Lloris pulled off a contender for save of the season vs Real Madrid

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There has been nothing between Real Madrid and Tottenham in the 'Group of Death'.

Both sides have beaten Borussia Dortmund and APOEL Nicosia by the same margins and they couldn't be separated on the night either, playing out a 1-1 draw.

Spurs may not have exactly been relishing their trip to the Bernabeu - a stadium where they'd never scored previously - but participating in the Champions League is all about games like this.

Mauricio Pochettino set out his ambition by fielding an attacking side, with Fernando Llorente joining Harry Kane in attack.

It paid off in the early stages too, with the visitors earning a surprise lead. Serge Aurier whipped the ball into the box, Kane dummied, and Raphael Varane took the final touch to put it into his own net.

Cristiano Ronaldo levelled from the spot before half-time following Aurier's clumsy challenge on Toni Kroos.

That seemed to turn the tide, as the European champions piled the pressure on the north Londoners in the second half.

All Pochettino could reasonably have expected was for his side to give a good account of themselves, and they did well to keep the scores level.

Lloris' mad save

In fact, they largely had Hugo Lloris to thank for that, with the captain making an incredible save from international team-mate Karim Benzema.

It wasn't even his only influential stop of the night, as he also denied Ronaldo's powerful attempt.

However, the save from Benzema's header was particularly special - take a look:

When David de Gea was pulling off moments like that against Liverpool, he was talked about as the best goalkeeper in the world, and this was certainly a world-class reaction from Lloris.

Maybe Benzema should be doing better than there, but even so!

Rio Ferdinand was clearly impressed:

Anyone believing Tottenham would be outclassed in the Spanish capital was mistaken.

Where does Lloris rank among the world's best goalkeepers? Have your say in the comments. 

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