Kasper Schmeichel explains how he used to go in goal against David Beckham

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Tuesday night saw Leicester City's Kasper Schmeichel make one of the saves of his career as the Foxes held on to a precious 1-0 victory over Copenhagen in the Champions League.

Andreas Cornelius' late shot from close range in the 90th minute looked certain to find the back of the net were it not for Schmeichel's intervention via a firm block with his right hand.

Schmeichel, now 29, has spent the majority of his career in the lower leagues of English football with spells at Bury and Notts County amongst others before becoming one of the best goalkeepers in the country at Leicester.

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However, his football education started much earlier than most after being in the privileged position of having a dad who played for Manchester United.

Kasper spent a lot of time in and around the first team setup while Peter was Sir Alex Ferguson's No.1 between the sticks at Old Trafford and he has revealed how he would interact with one of the club's big stars.

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Now, almost everyone knows that David Beckham's brilliant free-kicks were as much down to the amount of practice he put in as well as the natural ability he seemed to possess from dead ball situations.

But what most people didn't know was that many of those free-kicks would be on a goal protected by Schmeichel - just not the one who played for Man United.

"I've known him (Beckham) since I was a kid really, from my days around The Cliff, which was Manchester United's training ground," Kasper said in Leicester's matchday programme, as per The Mirror.

David Beckham

“He posted a very nice post about me on his Instagram page when we won the Premier League. It's a strange thing, because I used to go in goal when I was a kid and he was practising his free-kicks. I couldn't even reach the crossbar!

“To see the work rate and the effort he put in to get to where he got was incredible.”

The image of Beckham pinging free kicks into the top corner left, right and centre against a helpless Schmeichel is quite humorous.


Nevertheless, it didn't put Leicester's shot stopper off following in his dad's footsteps. After all, once you've faced a free-kick from Beckham we imagine everything else must feel easy.

And Schmeichel certainly made his last gasp save on Tuesday look much easier than it actually was. It also ensured the Foxes kept a clean sheet for the third consecutive European game - a record even his father would be proud of.

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