19 June 2012
Realmadrid.com / Translation by Michael J. O'Donnell
Jesus Navas' goal allowed Spain to qualify as group leaders, but they would have gone back home early in the Euro 2012 had it not been for Iker Casillas' spectacular saves, one of them against Rakitic, who defined the keeper as "spectacular."
As (Spain): "Saint Iker of Spain saved the national team from elimination."
Marca (Spain): "Iker was providential yet again. He saved Spain from a dramatic end with an extraordinary save. He is a miracle man."
El Pais (Spain): "Casillas avoids a downer. We knew Croatia would get a chance, but Iker was there to stop them. He isn't just a goalkeeper; he is a hero and a leader."
El Mundo (Spain): "It's never easy against Casillas. Rakitic did everything well against him, but Casillas is a leader and his work is always excellent."
Gazzetta dello Sport (Italy): "SuperCasillas. The Real Madrid goalkeeper pulled-off a miracle against Modric."
L'Equipe (France): "Excellent save. Casillas and Navas save Spain."
Daily Mirror (UK): "Ivan Rakitic powered in a header that needed a reflex save from Iker Casillas to beat clear."
The Sun (UK): "Spanish fans were left hailing keeper Iker Casillas as their Messiah for a string of saves when a huge shock looked on the cards."
The Guardian (UK): "Spain required two superb saves from Iker Casillas to survive."
Sport Express (Russia): "Casillas saved Spain with a phenomenal reaction."
ESPN (US): "Spain played with fire, defeated Croatia 1-0 and reached the quarterfinals with a masterful performance by Casillas."
Olé (Argentina): "An inspired Casillas cleared Rakitic's shot and saved the Spaniards."
Globosporte (Brazil): "Casillas was decisive for the Fury to qualify."