Oblak can’t explain goalkeeping heroics


Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak says his memorable triple-save in the Champions League encounter against Bayer Leverkusen was simply instinctive and ‘difficult to explain’.

Diego Simeone’s side progressed to the quarter-finals of Europe’s elite competition with a 4-2 aggregate victory against the Bundesliga outfit.

Oblak was in fine form for the La Liga side as they held Leverkusen to a 0-0 draw at the Vicente Calderon Stadium, to ensure their progression, and the Slovenia international shot-stopper reflected on his heroic display – which included a memorable triple save from to deny Julian Brandt and Kevin Volland from scoring.

“I don’t know. It was going very quickly,” he told reporters after the game. “Sometimes you make three saves, and sometimes they score a goal with the first attempt.

“It is difficult to explain. I saw the ball and went for it. I reacted quickly and everything went well for me.

“To be a fourth consecutive year in the top eight in Europe is not easy,” he added. “It is something important for the club, and for ourselves. All the Atletico Madrid fans value that.”