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Dublin: 8°C Thursday 24 September 2020

Howard, Ochoa or Romero? Choose your save of the World Cup so far

The goals are flowing in Brazil but a few brave men are standing up to be counted.

Tim Howard tips Eder's shot over the USA bar.
Tim Howard tips Eder's shot over the USA bar.
Image: Themba Hadebe

THERE HAVE BEEN 94 goals scores in the 33 World Cup group games so far, at an average of 2.85 goals per game.

The current rate of goalscoring is the best since the 1958 World Cup and goalkeepers from all but two countries [Nigeria and Mexico] have been forced to pick the ball from the back of their net.

The past 48 hours, however, has restored our faith in goalkeeping at the World Cup. Mexico’s Guillermo Ochoa set the bar last Tuesday with his Gordon Banks-esque save from a Neymar header in the 0-0 draw with Brazil.

On Saturday, Sergio Romero saved Argentina from a shock defeat to Iran with at least three top-drawer save; the best of which was to tip over an Ashkan Dejagah header in the second-half.

Then, last night, Tim Howard produced a sublime stop to tip Eder’s rebound over the bar after Luis Nani had rattled the United States’ post.

Check out the three saves here and let us know which you you think is best:

Guillermo Ochoa

Source: jangan/YouTube

Sergio Romero

Tim Howard

Poll Results:

Ochoa (463)
Howard (384)
Romero (65)

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Patrick McCarry

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