Atletico Madrid put five past Osasuna on Wednesday night to move back into fourth place in La Liga and stake their claim for a Champions League place, but it was at the other end of the pitch where history was made as goalkeeper Jan Oblak kept his 100th league clean sheet.
The Slovenian stopper has not only reached the century milestone, he has got there faster than any other goalkeeper in La Liga history, shattering the previous record held by Miguel Reina, who played for Barcelona and Atletico in the 1960s and 1970s.
Oblak’s 100th La Liga clean sheet came in his 182nd appearance in the competition. Reina’s now broken record for 100 clean sheets stood at 222 games. Other legendary goalkeepers in Andoni Zubizarreta and Victor Valdes got to 100 clean sheets in 227 and 248 games respectively.
Oblak has been Atletico’s first choice goalkeeper since March 2015 when he forced his way into the team ahead of Miguel Moya. Oblak kept the first of his 100 clean sheets on his La Liga debut, which was a 2-0 Atletico win over Getafe at Vicente Calderon.
In the five years since he has hardly missed a league or European game and is firmly now recognised among the best goalkeepers in the world. He has won La Liga’s prestigious Zamora Trophy in each of the last four seasons, as well as being named La Liga Best Goalkeeper.
A humble Oblak commented after the landmark clean sheet that he doesn’t personally take much notice of statistics and is happy as long as the team keeps winning.
“To be honest, I don’t pay much attention to stats,” he said.
“I hear what people say. It’s a nice milestone to reach, but I hope it doesn’t stay there and I hope I can continue to keep clean sheets until the end of the season. It helps us.
“I hope we continue scoring goals and if we keep a clean sheet, great, but what’s important is scoring one more than our opponents. That’s the main thing.”