A number of Wolverhampton Wanderers fans have taken to Twitter following the Molineux club's Premier League Asia Trophy win over Manchester Citt to praise goalkeeper Rui Patricio for his impressive performance in between the Wolves sticks.
The Portuguese was busy from the off against the Premier League champions, called upon to deny Raheem Sterling after less than two minutes on the clock before pulling off a reflex save to keep out Aymeric Laporte's close-range attempt.
Patricio then suffered a facial injury in the first half while saving at the feet of Sterling, who minutes later had the opportunity to open the scoring from the penalty spot after Leroy Sane was brought down, only for the England ace to sky his spot kick over the bar.
The 31-year-old stopper did not let the injury faze him, making save after save to ensure his side went in level at the break, and near the end of the game, he kept out David Silva's dangerous free kick to ensure that the scoreline remained goalless at full time.
It was the penalty shootout in which Patricio saved his best for last, however, keeping out spot kicks from Ilkay Gundogan, David Silva and Lukas Nmecha as Nuno Espirito Santo's side won the four-team pre-season tournament.
Here is what some of the Old Gold faithful said on social media about Patricio's performance:
Again, it’s only pre-season but...good to win a trophy. Very important for Fosun I suspect to win this one. Patricio superb throughout. Traore looks decent at RWB. And the kids all look very comfortable at this level. Exciting times. #wwfc #wolves— Kev Baker (@bakes1970) 20 July 2019
Patricio is a madness— Josh (@Lem_WWFC) 20 July 2019
One of Patricio’s best performances I can remember also think Vinagre will be part of the first 11 by end of the season. Silky. #WWFC— AM (@aj_mcguinness) 20 July 2019
Rui Patricio easily one of the best goalkeepers I’ve ever seen, good lord #wolves— Ed Garside (@WWFC_ED) 20 July 2019
Gonna drop Rui Patricio a dirty message on Instagram... hope he responds #wwfc— Justin (@JustinWulf1977) 20 July 2019
Today is the best I have seen Rui Patricio play, absolutely bossed it.— Gittins (@WWFCJakeG) 20 July 2019
What a performance
Lot of positives to be taken from today with some great performances but the biggest is Rui Patricio, World class and then some pic.twitter.com/1gY1PCm2oZ— Steve Plant (@wolvesmatchworn) 20 July 2019
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