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."