Alphonse Areola’s third game for Real Madrid, his second as a starter, had been his most peaceful appearance for the club, at least until the 69th minute when overconfidence hit and when he dragged down Carlos Fernandez to concede a penalty as the Granada forward tried to pinch the ball.
The goalkeeper’s teammates gathered around and encouraged him, but the kick was converted anyway.
It was the first goal he has conceded for Real Madrid.
After 200 minutes without letting a goal go in, it came in the worst possible way.
That error led to a nervous spell for Real Madrid, and the result started to feel less comfortable.
But beyond his error, Areola‘s 225 minutes for Real Madrid have shown he’s a safe pair of hands.
He can’t have expected to already have over 200 minutes under his belt by the first weekend of October, and he’s already played in the Champions League as well as LaLiga Santander.
Before leaving, Areola played four times for Paris Saint-Germain this term too.
In 360 minutes he conceded just twice, meaning he’s let in just five goals in 584 minutes, averaging one goal conceded every 116 minutes.
With the international break here, he could start in goal for France as well following Hugo Lloris’ injury on Saturday.
In Iceland and Turkey, France meet demanding opponents in games that matter towards their qualification hopes for Euro 2020.
Didier Deschamps said his goalkeeper has to be playing, and Areola has played in three of Real Madrid‘s last four games.