Iker Casillas rewrites Spanish history books
Posted: 12 February 2014 Time: 16:08
Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas has become the first shot-stopper to keep a clean sheet in every round of the Copa del Rey, leading up to the final.
Los Blancos booked their spot in the final of the tournament with a 2-0 win over crosstown rivals Atletico Madrid on Tuesday evening, winning the tie 5-0 on aggregate as Casillas blocked out his opponents for the eighth consecutive Cup encounter.
Olímpic de Xàtiva, Osasuna, Espanyol and Atlético Madrid have all tried over two legs to score pass the Spanish international, who is yet to concede in 862 minutes of football, which includes two clean sheets in Champions League fixtures against Copenhagen and Galatasaray.
And Spain’s number one was delighted with his achievement.
"I'm thrilled,” he was quoted as saying in Spanish publication Marca. “We're in the final, which was our target, and I'm on a good run of clean sheets.”
The victory also means Madrid are the first team to not concede a goal en route to the final in the tournament’s history, while also marking another personal milestone for Casillas, who extended his unbeaten run in derby fixtures over Atletico to 26 matches.
"That record makes me happy,” said the 32-year-old. “The derby is always a special game, particularly for us local lads, and going so long without losing against Atlético is a great feeling.”