Handanovic became the record holder of the Italian first league


Samir Handanović will not remember Saturday’s big Milan derby for good, as Inter lost the match against city rival Milan 1: 2, but they were able to find solace after the match. The experienced Slovenian goalkeeper, who again defended a shot from eleven meters, thus became the record holder of the first Italian league.

The moment when Samir Handanović defended his 25th penalty in the first Italian league.
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Inter suffered its first defeat of the season in the derby of the 4th round of the Italian championship on Saturday, after taking care of a new, fourth victory of the leading Milan Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The evergreen Swede, who overcame the new corona virus and meanwhile completed his 39th birthday, scored both goals for the Milan team, and with the third and fourth goals of the season, he brought Milan three new points.

For the first time, for the lead of Milan with 1: 0, he scored in the 13th minute, but he managed to do so only after the ball was deflected after a shot from eleven meters, which he had previously defended. Samir Handanović. This was the 25th defended penalty kick of the former Slovenian national team player in the best Italian football class, thus becoming his record holder.

He overtook the legendary former Italian goalkeeper Gianluco Paglico, who ended his career with 24 stopped penalties. Handanović’s predecessor managed to do that in 592 matches, while the current captain of Inter reached 25 stopped shots from eleven meters after 481 matches, which he played in the best Italian league.

Handanović: Ibrahimović made the difference

Samir Handanović

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Handanović did not talk about it after the match, but as a captain he stepped in front of the microphones and dedicated a few words to the Milan derby. “It was Ibrahimovic who decided. He was the one who made the difference. We had a lot of chances but we didn’t take advantage of them. They did. We didn’t play badly. We have a new game on Wednesday, we have to pick ourselves up and show what we know. we only had a day and a half to prepare for the derby, but we didn’t play badly, “said the 36-year-old from Ljubljana.

“It’s true that we receive quite a few goals, but on the other hand we also prepare a lot of opportunities, so we leave a lot of space to the opponent. We have to be more balanced as a team. I trust this team and my teammates. We will do everything to win on Wednesday. We will look at what was good and what was not this time, try to learn something from the defeat and go positively into the season, “said Handanović, who is number one in the series for the ninth time in a row. champion of Inter. He will start the new season of the Champions League on Wednesday, when he will host Borussia Mönchengladbach in Group B, which also includes Real Madrid and Shakhtar Donetsk.

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