It’s the morning after Canada’s first group-stage game at the CONCACAF Futsal Championship, and I’m still trying to process just exactly what the few of us who watched the Facebook web stream witnessed.
Even though Canada lost to the host Costa Ricans by a 3-2 count, Joshua Lemos’s performance in goal was one of the great performances I’ve ever seen in a game where nets and netminders are involved. Soccer or hockey.
After shocking the United States in the play-in series, Canada was not expected to come close to winning its Group B opener. Costa Rica was at home and its futsal program is regarded as the best in the region. The Ticos are the defending CONCACAF champs.
But, Lemos made ridiculous save after ridiculous save, and put Canada in a position to come out of the match with an unlikely draw. But Robert Renaud missed the target with just a few seconds left on the clock after a rebound fell to him in front of the Costa Rican goal.
But back to Lemos; CONCACAF doesn’t have the stats posted — in terms of shots on goal — but it would not be unfair to state that the blue floor looked like it was tilted all night long. The Costa Ricans fizzed the ball across the blue tiles, and created chance after chance. But Lemos made sensational save after save, and the CONCACAF commentator was running out of superlatives to bestow on the Canadian keeper. Lemos was called a “force of nature.” He was “gigantic, monumental.”
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