VIDEO: Lloris understudy makes wonder save for France to keep out Ronaldo

Steve Mandanda

Steve Mandanda shone with an extraordinary save as Tottenham's Lloris was rested against Portugal.

It's one thing having one of the best goalkeepers in the world at your disposal, as France do in Hugo Lloris, and quite another when you also have a number two like Steve Mandanda, capable of a save as impressive as the one in the video below.

Though Les Bleus don't have any competitive games to deal with while Europe's other countries fight for the chance to qualify for the European Championships in 2016, hosted in France, there is still plenty of things national team boss Didier Deschamps can learn about his players in the many friendlies they have lined up before then.

The ex-Le Havre stopper threw up a wonderful right hand to deny Cristiano Ronaldo a headed goal as France took on Portugal on Saturday night, ensuring a 2-1 win and meaning few would have made as strong an impression on his country's World Cup winning boss as Mandanda did himself.

Mandanda is the number one and captain at Marseille, who are currently leading the way in Ligue 1 ahead of notorious big spenders PSG and Monaco. Having joined in 2007, and then making his international debut for France within a year, the 29-year-old is sure to be disappointed to only have 17 appearances for his country.

Much of the reason for this of course has been the outstanding form of Tottenham's Hugo Lloris, who was sitting out the match with Portugal with a slight groin concern.

Lloris has captained France for the last two years and is undoubtedly one of the first names on the team sheet for Deschamps' side. The former Lyon man has been in sensational form at White Hart Lane this season as well, following on from two years in North London that have seen him really underline his reputation as one of the top goalkeepers in Europe.

Mandanda's outstanding save to keep out the reigning best player in the world will do a lot to ensure his former club manager Deschamps keeps him in mind when it comes to picking France's best eleven, which in turn should keep Lloris just that little more on his toes.

And that should help keep Lloris performing heroics between the posts for the Lilywhites.

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