Kuala Lumpur: Over the past two months, the-AFC.com's '5 of the Best' series has brought you some of the most memorable goals from the AFC Cup, but this week we turn our attention to the other end of the pitch and focus on goalkeepers by reviewing some fabulous saves.
From Jordan to Johor, we highlight five breathtaking efforts from those trusted as the last line of defence as they perform wonders to keep out the opposition. Enjoy the selection and don't forget to vote your favourite at the bottom of the article.
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Lo'ai Al Amaireh – Al Faisaly
vs Shaab Al Ibb, April 2, 2013
Former Jordan international goalkeeper Lo'ai Al Amaireh went right but Shaab Al Ibb's Nateq Hezam opted to strike his penalty straight down the middle. Surely the end outcome would be a goal for the Yemenis, but the Al Faisaly stopper had other ideas.
Eyes fixated on the ball, Al Amaireh manages to hold out a strong left hand and palm it out. It proved crucial as the Jordanians went on to win 2-1 before eventually advancing as group winners as Al Shaab Ibb exited.
Izham Tarmizi – Johor Darul Ta'zim
vs South China, August 25, 2015
The 2015 AFC Cup remains arguably the finest moment in Johor Darul Ta'zim's history as the Malaysian team became the first from their country to win a Continental club tournament. Goalkeeper Izham Tarmizi served up a key moment along the way.
Just three minutes into their quarter-final first leg against South China Bojan Malisic sent a scissor kick goalwards, but Izham showed supreme reflexes to push the ball wide. Nightmare start for JDT avoided, the game ended 1-1 before the Malaysians advanced 4-2 on aggregate.
Hassan Sunny – Home United
vs Ceres Negros, August 2, 2017
In the first-ever ASEAN Zonal final, Home United goalkeeper Hassan Sunny produced a moment worthy of the occasion as the Singapore international somehow managed to tip Iain Ramsay's deflected header over the bar.
With the score at 1-1 in the first leg, Ramsay's effort comes off a Home United defender and looks destined for the back of the net. Hassan, though, adjusts his body midair to deny the Ceres Negros man before the Singaporeans won 2-1 only to exit after losing the return meeting.
Mammet Orazmuhammedov – Altyn Asyr
vs Bengaluru FC, August 29, 2018
The 2018 Inter-Zone semi-final proved a frustrating affair for Bengaluru FC, who were all but out by the time Altyn Asyr 'keeper Mammet Orazmuhammedov thwarted Sunil Chhetri with an excellent low save to his right.
With Chhetri's drive destined for the bottom corner, the big goalkeeper gets down quickly and produces a fingertip save to prevent what would have likely only been a consolation goal in a 5-2 aggregate win for the Turkmens.
Ali Daher – Al Ahed
vs Manama Club, February 24, 2020
The 2019 AFC Cup had ended with Al Ahed goalkeeper Mehdi Khalil picking up the MVP award, so when Ali Daher made his Continental debut in the defending champions' goal just a few months later, he had big gloves to fill.
Just two minutes into the game Daher showed he was up to the task as he produced a remarkable flying save to keep Manama Club's Isa Al Anezi's effort from point-blank range out with a save that looks even better in the replay.
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