Matias Cano! Remember the name! Ok, we’re not sure we will either, but it will be a challenge to forget the save he made on Saturday for his club UAI Urquiza in their defeat to Deportivo Moron in the Argentine lower leagues.
Moron’s Gerardo Martinez spots Cano off his line with about 15 minutes remaining in the match and hit a very good long-range shot from just inside in the opposition half. It looked like he was going to ‘do a Xabi Alonso’ and embarrass the keeper.
The panic from Cano is plain to see and he does not look too comfortable as he desperately backtracks towards his own goal, the ball seemingly sailing too high and fast for him to catch or tip over. A goal, surely? What happened next is a thing of beauty.
Yes, the ball is too high and moving too fast for him to catch, but not for him to pull off an incredible overhead kick to clear off the line. It was a sensational display of acrobatic athleticism and one we at GMS do not think can be matched.
Rene Higuita’s scorpion kick against England comes to mind, but that was an unnecessary extravagance. Matias Cano’s save was an incredible show of desperation – we love it! Take a look at it yourself…
Sadly for Cano and his Urquiza colleagues, he was unable to provide the heroics to stop the winning goal from the penalty spot earlier in the game.