Peter Schmeichel delivers surprising verdict on Kasper’s late Champions League save

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Leicester may well be struggling to defend their Premier League crown but the Foxes are making short work of the Champions League.

Claudio Ranieri's men picked up their third win from as many matches against FC Copenhagen on Tuesday night to give their chances of qualifying for the round of last 16 a huge boost.

However, a third straight clean sheet was very nearly scuppered as the Danish side scrambled for a late equaliser after Riyad Mahrez had given the home side the lead.

When striker Andreas Cornelius connected perfectly with a dangerous ball played across Leicester's box in the 90th minute, he'd be forgiven for assuming the back of the net was about to ripple.

He certainly wouldn't have counted on Kasper Schmeichel's right hand blocking the left-footed first-time strike to deny Copenhagen a share of the points.

You can see the incredible save from various angles in the videos below and it really is one of those that look better with every viewing.

His reaction time to make any sort of contact with the ball is admirable enough but to actually get a strong enough hand to deflect the shot away from goal was pretty spectacular.

It can sometimes be difficult for some players to emulate their father's ability and success on the pitch but Kasper has established himself as one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League over the last few years.

And Tuesday's match-winning save may have even been beyond ex-Man United legend Peter Schmeichel's capabilities, according to the man himself.

After the game, Copenhagen manager, Stale Solbakken, revealed what Schmeichel senior had told him about Kasper's stunning save.

"I just met Peter Schmeichel. He said that if he had been in goal it would have ended 1-1," Solbakken said, as per The Mirror.

High praise indeed.

The Foxes currently top Group G with nine points - five ahead of Porto and Copenhagen - and know a win in Denmark at the start of November will guarantee their progression into the next stage of the competition.

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