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In Fairness To Joe Hart, He Produced One Of The Best Saves We've Ever Seen Last Night

Gavan Casey
By Gavan Casey
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England largely flattered to deceive in Ljubljana as they battled to a 0-0 draw with Slovenia in World Cup qualifying, but Joe Hart offered viewers a reminder of what he's capable of with a string of top-top saves.

Incredibly, it may be possible that both Torino's number one is not complete garbage and Pep Guardiola knows what type of goalkeeper he wants in his Man City team. Despite late chances for Jesse Lingard and Daniel Sturridge, Gareth Southgate's men were only kept in the game by Hart.

One first-half save in particular was, to the 29-year-old's credit, truly spectacular, as he stretched to his left to claw a bullet-like Jasmin Kurtic header back from the goal-line. Rarely has Clive Tyldesley enjoyed a more guttural roar of an English surname, but we'll leave you with the entirely neutral French commentary to offer some perspective on the magnitude of the stop.


In absolute fairness to a goalkeeper who's not the most universally popular in the world, and has had a difficult time of it this season, that's an outrageous bloody save.

Speaking immediately after the game, Hart said of that stop in particular:

My body's in absolute pieces. I think I'm going to struggle to get up tomorrow.

I actually don't know what happened. It hurt though. I think I landed on the frame of the goal and luckily the lads were there to defend.

Torino fans might have already taken Hart to their own hearts, but if he can rediscover some of that form for the rest of the Serie A season, he'll be back near the top end of the Premier League in no time.



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