Thibaut Courtois may be aged only 23, yet the Chelsea goalkeeper has already won championships in three different countries, featured in the final of the Champions League and played at the World Cup.
Not bad going, that.
Given the talents of this supremely gifted young player it should not, perhaps, arrive as a surprise that Courtois is also pretty good when he is tasked with scoring a goal, rather than protecting one, as demonstrated against Paris Saint-Germain this weekend.
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Chelsea and PSG had played out a 1-1 draw in North Carolina, with Victor Moses getting on the scoresheet for the Premier League winners, and it came to pass that the encounter would be decided by virtue of a penalty shootout.
Both sides missed one spot-kick of the initial five allocated - with Juan Cuadrado and Jean-Christophe Bahebeck the culprits - which resulted in sudden death being required.
Thiago Silva, the PSG captain, saw his side's sixth penalty saved by Courtois and then, somewhat unexpectedly, the Belgium international stepped up to take the dead ball that would take Chelsea to victory.
And what a pen it was from Courtois. If anyone was wondering why Jose Mourinho had afforded Courtois the opportunity to take a penalty, he quickly dispelled any doubts with a thunderous left-footed strike that flew into the top corner.
It was the second time this week that a prominent Premier League shot-stopper had scored an authoritative penalty, with Joe Hart having done so for Manchester City against Roma. Take a bow, chaps.
Who took the better penalty: Courtois or Hart? Let us know below!
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