Yesterday Thibaut Courtois was being heralded by Jose Mourinho as the ‘best young goalkeeper in the world’ and to be fair, he is right.
There are not many stoppers of his age as good as the young Belgian - which is why Atletico Madrid, Barcelona and Chelsea all want him at their respective clubs next season.
Last night Atletico, where the custodian is currently out on loan, had the chance to go top of La Liga after Barcelona drew away to Osasuna in a drab 0-0 result.
But Atletico lost their own 100% record last night.
Up until yesterday Los Colchoneros had won every game last season, but Espanyol did their Barcelona city rivals a massive favour with a 1-0 win at the Estadi Cornella-El Prat.
But it was actually an own goal from Courtois that secured the victory.
It is harsh to call it a blunder. The Belgian is a responsive stopper who tries to save pretty much everything, and on this occasion he went to stop a cross that was simply sublime.
He threw his left foot at the ball, toe-poking a delivery into the back of his own net to hand the win to Espanyol.
He was unfortunate, and to label the defeat as his fault would be harsh, Atletico simply never got going.
Plus, if Courtois hadn’t have got his foot to the ball, the Espanyol striker behind him would have tucked it away - the only real criticism would be to say the keeper might have done better just falling on the ball.
But now his previously untainted record finally has something resembling a blemish…
Here is the goal…
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