Fans were treated to a true spectacle of top quality football over the past month and the efforts of the goalkeeping departments did have fans talking.
Goalkeepers almost always get the flack for conceding but very rarely get praised for sometimes displaying herculean efforts.
The likes of Hugo Lloris and Croatia’s Danijel Subasic were amongst those who made stellar contributions from the back as they ensured their team’s place on the way to final.
However, goalkeeping is not always about a continuous chain of events, but rather a decisive moment that can occur in matter of a split second.
Thus, there was only one save from the plethora that were made at the showpiece event that truly stood out.
That moment belongs to Switzerland international keeper Yann Sommer.
The 29-year-old was stalwart in the Swiss’ run to the last 16, but it was his performance and one particular save that would had the entire football fraternity wonder ‘how did that not go in?’
In a group stage encounter against Costa Rica, Sommer enjoyed an inspired day between the posts.
Although, he would concede two on the day and was unable to help his team to the full three points, he certainly saved his team.
With about six minutes on the clock, a cross came in from the right wing by Costa Rica, which fell ideally for Celso Borges’ head.
The Costa Rican attacker sent a powerful header goalward and would have been celebrating as the ball looked destined for the bottom corner. But it was not to be as somehow, Sommer produced a miraculous save to turn the ball onto the post.
What made the save even more unique was that not only did the header mimic a tracer bullet in as it rifled towards the corner, but it bounced before it reached Sommer.
Despite the striker’s exquisite technique in executing the header, the tall Sommer dropped to his right, and with his fingertips brushed the ball on to the post, to the disbelief of fans and the Costa Rican players.
It was an extraordinary moment and for that it earns the right to be our KFC Goalkeeping Moment of the tournament.