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Igor Akinfeev keeps first Champions League clean sheet in over 10 years

CSKA Moscow goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev has finally ended his long wait for a clean sheet in the Champions League.

This has been a long time coming.

And while we must confirm it doesn’t quite date back to World War II, it certainly feels like that for Igor Akinfeev.


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Akinfeev has become a living meme because of his record

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Akinfeev has become a living meme because of his record

The legendary Russian goalkeeper has finally kept a clean sheet in the Champions League after his CSKA Moscow side beat Benfica tonight.

The 2-0 win ensured the Russian outfit are now in the box seat to reach the knockout stages alongside Manchester United in Group A.

Safe hands

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Safe hands

But the focus was on Akinfeev, who ended a ten-year wait for a shut out in Europe’s primary competition.

His last clean sheet came a massive 43 games ago against Arsenal back in November 2006.

Unsurprisingly, it is the longest a goalkeeper has had to go without one in Champions League history.

And considering CSKA have been regular fixtures in the competition in that period, that’s quite some unwanted record.

Well done, Igor. You can sleep easy tonight.