Tim Howard's heroics for the United States against Belgium in Salvador last night helped to shape the latest fantastic match in a wildly entertaining World Cup finals which somehow just keeps going from strength to strength, although his efforts failed to stop a heartbreaking 2-1 extra-time defeat in the titanic last 16 tussle.
Howard set a record for the most saves in any World Cup match since statistics were first collated back in 1966, keeping Belgium at bay on no less than 15 occasions before Kevin de Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku finally broke through in extra time.
The 35-year-old epitomised everything that was good about that way Jurgen Klinsmann's men approached the knockout tie, playing with a spirit and will that needed a sprinkling of stardust from the bench from Belgium to finally be extinguished.
Goalkeepers take centre-stage
Howard is just the latest in a long line of goalkeepers to excel at this summer's South American showpiece, a list which thankfully dispels the myth that world-class stoppers only come from Europe or ply their trade at only the most high-profile teams on the continent.
Unfortunately for Howard though despite winning two man-of-the match awards in four games at the World Cup he isn't among the FIFA Castrol Index's top 10 goalkeepers of the tournament to date, a statistical model used to keep track of who is truly performing when it matters most in Brazil.
Top of the class?
No less than seven goalkeepers have performed to the standard required to feature in the top 100 players to feature in 56 World Cup matches so far, but can you guess who is a surprise inclusion as the very best on show, amongst a star-studded cast list that the likes of Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger are surely paying close attention to?
Find out who the best goalkeeper at the World Cup has been so far by clicking ahead, can you guess who heads this top 10 countdown?
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