Russian defender produces contender for best piece of last-ditch defending ever in Lokomotiv v Rostov

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Defenders don’t often get the credit they deserve.

While the strikers and midfielders steal all the headlines with their tricks and flicks, the folks at the back quietly go about their business ensuring all is well on the home front.

It is often a thankless job, as one mistake can so easily overshadow every good thing you may have done previously.

However, every now and then you’ll find one defender who goes above and beyond the call of duty and you simply can’t help but give him the praise he deserves.

No - we’re not talking about Virgil van Dijk.

In fact, we are referring to a certain Evgeny Chernov who pulled off one of the most remarkable pieces of last-ditch defending you’re ever likely to see when playing for Rostov v Lokomotiv in Moscow.

With Rostov leading in stoppage time, the home side looked certain to score until Chernov incredibly intervened, firstly with an acrobatic clearance off the line before flinging himself in front of the follow up to preserve their one-goal advantage.

You can see the incredible passage of play below:

Unreal - give that man a medal.

If ever there has been a case of “over my dead body” in football, that was it.

It was an intervention that sent Rostov to the top of the league as they secured a massively vital three points away from home.

The Lokomotiv Moscow lads will still be wondering how they weren’t able to snatch a point and, to further dampen their mood, they are now three points behind Rostov.

It could prove to be the most important piece of defending in the history of Russian football come the end of the season.

Evgeny Chernov - we salute you.

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