Leeds star Illan Meslier thwarts Philippe Coutinho with incredible double save

Leeds' Illan Meslier pulled off a remarkable double-save to snub out Philippe Coutinho.

The Whites might have fallen to a 1-0 defeat in their pre-season encounter with Aston Villa in Brisbane but their shot-stopper took the plaudits after his tremendous double-save. Coutinho ran up to the ball on the spot, giving a slight feint before he stuck the ball to the keeper’s right.

It looked like Meslier went down to ground too soon, but the 22-year-old was somehow able to stick out his left arm and get a touch on the ball to deny the Brazilian star. The resulting parry fell kindly for Coutinho, but he was snubbed once more, hitting the ball down low and to the corner was not enough to evade the Frenchman in goal, who stuck out a leg to once again smash the ball out of danger.

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Despite the brilliant saves, it was Villa who bagged the only goal of the game. Halfway through the first-half, Ings converted a penalty awarded after Leif Davis handballed in his attempted cross.

Leeds boss Jesse Marsch said that he was pleased with how things have been going for the side during pre-season. “It was a good match,” he said to Leeds Live after the game. “We had some new players on the pitch. We did that intentionally to try to help them understand what the level of these games are like. For the most part, in the first 60 minutes, we had a good performance. We maybe had a couple too many mistakes that afforded them a couple [of] chances.”

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He continued: “If we're a little cleaner in some of our transition moments, maybe we can find a way to get our goal. We're now better in build-up phase than we were last year, but now we have to have that lead to better moments in the last third, some connections and some movements and some ideas of how we want to unbalance the opponent. We still have some work to do on that and we'll focus on that in the coming days and weeks.”

Leeds’ encounter against their Premier League rivals was marred by a harrowing injury to 16-year-old midfielder Archie Gray in the 70th minute. The youngster was brought on as one of five substitutes and was on the receiving end of a crunching tackle by John McGinn. The teenager was stretchered off as Marsch raged on the touchline.


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