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ACL2018 Round of 16 and Group Stage: 5 Super Saves

Monday, June 4, 2018
Kwoun Sun-tae

Kuala Lumpur: With Kitchee SC's Cheng Chin Lung voted winner of the best goal from the first half of the 2018 AFC Champions League, we now turn to the other end of the pitch and ask for your favourite moment that denied a goal. 

Outfield players had their moment in the spotlight at the end of April with over 80,000 fans voting for their favourite goal from the 2018 AFC Champions League Group Stage, but it is now time to recognise the men between the goalposts as we recall five fantastic saves from this year's continental club competition so far.

Take a moment to review the nominees, before selecting your favourite in our poll.

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1. Mehdi Rahmati (Esteghlal)

Kicking off our list is this wonderful effort from IR Iran legend Mehdi Rahmati. The 35-year-old Esteghlal veteran rolling back the years with this flying block to deny a Zobahan free-kick in the dying minutes of their Round of 16 first leg tie.


2. Kwon Sun-tae (Kashima Antlers)

Kashima's Korean custodian was nothing short of incredible in the Round of 16 second leg tie against Shanghai SIPG, pulling of a number of stellar saves. This one, though, at near point-black range from Brazilian star Hulk, has to be among his finest.


3. Yasser Al Mosailem (Al Ahli)

What is so impressive about Yasser Al Mosailem's save against Tractorsazi Tabriz is not just that he thwarted Ali Taheran's powerful effort from range with some impressive acrobatics, but that the shot also took a significant deflection off Al Mosailem's Al Ahli team-mate Aqeel Balghaith. The Saudi side would go on to win the tie 2-0.


4. Zeng Cheng (Guangzhou Evergrande)

Guangzhou Evergrande goalkeeper Zeng Cheng's athleticism between the posts has helped lead the Chinese Super League side to two AFC Champions League titles. His lunging parry against Jeju United in the 2018 edition's Group Stage was another fine save to add to his continental collection.


5. Mohammad Mazaheri (Zobahan)

We conclude our list with an extraordinary stop. Having already scored once, Ismail Mohamed was gifted a second when Nam Tae-hee found him free by the penalty spot. The forward's only obstacle to his brace was Mohammad Mazaheri, but the 'keeper made himself big and committed himself at the very last moment to charge down the shot in an impressive display of reflexes.


Now that you've seen all five nominated saves, vote for your favourite in the poll below!

Which is your favourite save?
Mehdi Rahmati
Kwon Sun-tae
Yasser Al Mosailem
Zeng Cheng
Mohammad Mazaheri
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