Maignan puts them on the spot!
By saving Falcao's penalty in the 0-0 draw AS Monaco in Week 2, LOSC 'keeper Mike Maignan confirmed that he is a veritable specialist of the art, with a net positive record in Ligue 1 Conforama.
Maignan has saved five (with one also missed by the shooter) of the nine spot-kicks he has faced in Ligue 1 Conforama. Incredible stats for the LOSC 'keeper after diving smartly to save Radamel Falcao's effort in the Week 2 clash in Monaco. Did El Tigre know he was up against a specialist? Did the Colombia star with 51 Ligue 1 Conforama goals to his name allow doubt to creep in? Whatever the case was, the Dogues' 'keeper won their 69th-minute duel by stopping Falcao's powerful shot down the middle - a decisive save that allowed LOSC to leave the principality with a precious point (0-0) and confirmed Maignan's spot-kick prowess.
More of the same?
Last season, Mike Maignan managed to save two penalties in the space of three days: first from Olympique Lyonnais' Nabil Fekir and then Toulouse's Andy Delort, helping to clinch wins on both occasions (OL-LOSC 1-2, Week 15, and LOSC-TFC 1-0, Week 6). His first two 'victims' in Ligue 1 Conforama, Paul-Georges Ntep (Stade Rennais-LOSC 1-1, Week 6) and David N'Gog (Stade de Reims-LOSC 1-0, Week 8) were denied within the space of seven days back in season 2015-16, suggesting the Paris Saint-Germain youth academy product likes to put runs together.
So, for the Week 3 Ligue 1 Conforama clash at the Stade Pierre Mauroy on Sunday, En Avant de Guingamp's Marcus Thuram, who scored from the spot in Week 1 this season (AS Saint-Etienne-EA Guingamp 2-1), would do well to study up on the prodigious LOSC shot-stopper…