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McClean foiled by Casillas' brilliance

JAMES MCCLEAN left Yankee Stadium still not quite knowing how Iker Casillas had denied him one of the biggest moments of his career to date.

The 24-year-old Republic of Ireland winger came within inches of shocking world and European champions Spain in New York early yesterday morning when he blasted a rising shot towards the Real Madrid goalkeeper's goal with 10 minutes remaining.

The Ireland fans inside the stadium rose to acclaim a famous equaliser, only to see Casillas somehow smuggle the ball away to rob the Sunderland winger of his glory. McClean said: ""I did everything right. He dived before I hit it and there was an element of luck as well as world class.

"But he's not one of the best in the world for nothing. He's was like a cat wasn't he? He dived and somehow - I don't know how - he saved it."