Iker Casillas hits back at Real Madrid's booing fans

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Real Madrid fans have turned on their veteran keeper Iker Casillas after his recent performance against Valencia.

Madrid fans blamed Casillas for the goals that eventually resulted in a 2-2 draw, with the home fans even booing the Spaniard.

Opening goal

The opening goal came less that 20 minutes into the game when Casillas' compatriot Paco Alcacer smartly met a cross from the left hand side. Alcacer, who was just six yards out, pocked the ball towards Casillas who could only help the ball into the back of his net. Six minutes later, Javi Fuego headed home a Daniel Parejo free-kick, putting the visitors 2-0 up after just 25 minutes.

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Ultimately Casillas was blamed for both goals, and all though he may have been able to do slightly better with the opener, Fuego's header was purely down to naive defending and a very poor set up.

Fan backlash

The Real fans were unhappy with their 'keeper's performance, frequently booing and whistling the Spanish international, who's made over 40 appearances for Los Blancos this season.

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According to Yahoo Sport Casillas reportedly said: "That's enough for f***'s sake" when going off the pitch after the final whistle. 

The Real goalkeepers compatriot Rafael Nadal, a finalist at the Madrid Masters, was quick to jump to Casillas' defence.

Nadal comments

"In the first half, Valencia hit [Madrid] twice and scored two goals. Madrid hit the woodwork three times and missed a penalty," Nadal said speaking to Canal Plus.

"It was an exaggerated result in the first half. Diego Alves had a great game, but Iker Casillas can't be blamed for Valencia's goals.

"[Madrid's] fans are very demanding. They give you everything [in terms of support], but they can also make life very difficult for you.

"They've whistled Cristiano [Ronaldo], [Zinedine] Zidane in the past and now Iker - players who have done a lot for this club.

"As a rule, I never whistle anyone, but in this case I'd only whistle if someone didn't strive [for the Madrid cause] or pass the ball around.

"The fans are free to do what they want, but they must remember the positive moments that these players have given them."

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