Former Caltex Socceroos goalkeeper Brad Jones kept a clean sheet for Dutch club Feyenoord as they stunned Manchester United 1-0 in the Europa League on Friday morning (AEST).
It was a Tony Vilhena goal 11 minutes from time that handed Feyenoord a famous win but Jones had a big role to play with a few crucial saves in a flawless 90 minutes.
In the first half, he had to be alert to keep out a well-struck free-kick by Paul Pogba to keep the sides on level terms at the break.
United manager Jose Mourinho brought Zlatan Ibrahimovic off the bench to try and spark his side after the break but it was the home side that found the breakthrough.
A ball down the line spotted the run of Nicolai Jorgensen – who may have been slightly offside – but the flag stayed down allowing him to break free down the right.
His cut back was perfect for the on-rushing Vilhena, who slotted coolly past David De Gea into the bottom corner sending the De Kuip into raptures.
The goal sparked United into action but they found ex-Liverpool gloveman Jones impossible to beat.
First he came off his line to deny Marcos Rojo a shot on goal while the 34-year-old showed excellent composure in stoppage-time to keep out Ibrahimović’s powerful long-range free-kick.
It continues a strong start to the season for Jones, who has kept three clean sheets in five Eredivisie matches, with Feyenoord two points clear at the top of the table.
They next face giants PSV Eindhoven on Sunday night in a huge top-of-the-table clash in Holland.
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