A fantastically rare event took place on Saturday in Mexico as Pachuca midfielder Juan Rojas wrote his name into the history books becoming one of the few outfield players to have saved a penalty in a match.
The setting was the fixture between Pachuca and Morelia, a match which ended 1-apiece. But Morelia should have won the match with just two minutes remaining. As the sands of time ran out, the Tuzos backline was caught out. Goalkeeper Miguel Calero raced off his line only to bring down the onrushing Luis Rey, who had deftly touched the ball past an instant earlier. Calero was sent off, and a penalty was awarded to Morelia.
With all their substitutes used, Pachuca were forced to put midfielder Juan Rojas between the sticks to face the impending penalty.
Mexican international striker Miguel Sabah stepped up to take responsibility for Morelia, and it seemed only a formality for the forward to claim the winner. But amazingly it wasn't.
In one of the most outstanding moments of the weekend, if not the season, Juan Rojas managed to make an expert diving save and push the spot-kick around the post for a corner.
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