Victor Valdes’ penalty save against Racing was more confirmation if needed that Barca have not one, or even two, but three great penalty stoppers on their books, with José Manuel Pinto and B team keeper Ruben Miño also experts at the job.
Valdes has so far made seven penalty saves, whilst Pinto’s exploits in the 2009 Cup semi
final will always be remembered by Barca fans and Miño actually saved two in a game in 2008.
Seven saves by Valdés
Valdés’ save from Tchité on Sunday was the seventh
time he’d stopped a penalty for Barca and if he goes on like this he might beat his record of
2006/7 when he saved three in over the whole season – against Deportivo, Mallorca and once
Pinto in Mallorca
For Barca fans, Pinto’s heroics on March 4th 2009 will always be
remembered. The team travelled to Mallorca for the second leg of the Spanish Cup semi final en
route to their historic treble with a 2-0 lead from the first leg, but when Mallorca were given a
penalty, that lead began to look slender. No problem for Pinto, who saved the penalty and then
Messi went on to score and guarantee a final spot.
Pinto also showed his prowess n the Joan Gamper Trophy this season, stopping penalties from
Seedorf, Pirlo and Jankulovski in the shoot out to help give Barca their win.
Miño’s most impressive performance came in 2008 when the reserves played Badalona at
the Mini Estadi. Luis Enrique’s charges badly needed a win and Miño made sure that their one
goal was enough to give them a win with two penalty stops – a performance that confirmed him
as an excellent keeper and a real promise for the future. More recently, Miño also stopped a
penalty in the Costa Brava Trophy against Gerona.