Iker Casillas reaches Spain milestone

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Real Madrid 'keeper Iker Casillas reached his 161st Spain cap, and 100th competitive outing.

Getting the nod ahead of Manchester United 'keeper David De Gea,Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque opted to start the game against Ukraine on Friday night with Real Madrid stopper Iker Casillas.

The vastly experienced 33-year-old reached another personal milestone in his illustrious international career, making his 100th official and competitive appearance for Spain, also adding to a total of caps which now stands at 161, including friendly matches.

Iker Casillas remains very much a part of Spain's plans, as the Real Madrid 'keeper continues to extend his caps record for La Roja by some margin beyond midfielder Xavi Hernandez, who retired from international football in 2014 with 133 caps, and goalkeeping legend Andoni Zubizarreta, who made the last of his 126 appearances in 1998, just two years before Casillas made his international début.

In the match against Ukraine, Casillas also registered his 55th clean sheet for La Roja, as they secured a narrow 1-0 EURO 2016 qualifying victory in Group C, making several important saves, as the visiting team threatened to turn the game around at the Sánchez-Pizjuan.

Despite the important victory for Spain against Ukraine, they still remain second in Group C of EURO 2016 qualifying, at the halfway stage with four wins and one defeat, and with five games left to play. Current group leaders Slovakia swept past Luxembourg by a comfortable 3-0 margin, to remain top of the group.

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