Joe Hart has never had a busier night between the sticks for Manchester City and his heroic performance against Borussia Dortmund last night was hailed by many.
The England No. 1 saved eight dangerous strikes from the German champions as Marco Reus, Robert Lewandowski and Mario Gotze ran riot at the Etihad.
And despite the 25-year-old being left exposed when Roberto Mancini switched to three at the back as the Blues hunted an equaliser, Hart quickly defended the tactical decision.
“They were getting chances when it was three at the back, four at the back, ten at the back,” said the former Shrewsbury Town keeper.
“We’ve got to be happy with a point. It could have been 10-10, their keeper was fantastic and both sides had a lot of chances.
“Can I recall a night when I was that busy? Not off the top of my head. Dortmund were different class tonight. I hope it wasn’t a wasted effort, I think this shows what a tough group we’re in.”
Jack Rodwell gifted a chance for Reus to take the lead for Dortmund in the 62nd minute, but a late penalty call was coolly converted by Mario Balotelli as City registered their first point in the competition.
“Mario’s never going to miss the penalty,” Hart added. “We pushed hard, we needed a point, we’ve come out intact and the group is still alive for us.”
And after receiving a personal thank you from his manager for rescuing his team, Hart was given a mountain of praise from his peers, opponents and critics.
Wayne Rooney said: “Have to say Joe Hart has been incredible. For me best keeper in the world.”
Former England striker Gary Lineker tweeted: “Can you remember a better performance from a keeper than Joe Hart’s tonight? Sensational.”
Former Manchester United midfielder Darron Gibson said: “Man City were very lucky tonight! Joe Hart #worldclass.”
Joleon Lescott said: “Repeating what most have tweeted already, Joe Hart is the best GK in the world.”