Iker Casillas has said his penalty save to keep Almeria striker Verza at bay was the key moment in the win on Friday night.
Trailing 2-1 at the time, Verza had the opportunity to equalise for the hosts against their illustrious opponents. But World Cup winning captain Casillas dived low to his left to keep out the Spaniards well-struck effort. Los Blancos went on to score two late goals through Cristiano Ronaldo to finish as 4-1 winners and extend their lead at the top of La Liga.
Speaking to reporters after the game, Casillas said the penalty was an important moment and Almeria were getting on top of Real.
“It was a key moment. If we had let the goal in it would have been different because they would have equalised, but the team reacted and really got into the game. We leave here home happy,” the 33-year-old said.
Like his boss, Casillas then switched his attention to the Club World Cup, saying the players want to add more silverware to the trophy cabinet.
“It’s a new competition for us. It is a different competition and also really important, we are going to try and make our fans happy. Fingers crossed that we, Madrid and the fans will have another success to celebrate. It will be difficult because as we saw today, things can get complicated and that could also happen at the Club World Cup”.