The goal was narrowly missed in the match against Criciúma. Rafael missed a shot in the first half and got a goal from Marcelo Hermes, who took advantage of the goalkeeper’s bounce to push it into the net inside the area. The video assistant referee found the left-back’s hand touch and canceled the goal.
Goalkeeper Dida played six matches without being leaked in 1997, the year of the Libertadores Sea trip. There have been five games without a goal conceded in the Brazilian Championship and one for the Supercopa Libertadores. Fabio, one of the club’s biggest stars, has hit five games without conceding in two spells (2012 and 2019).
With the record, Rafael stands more under Cruzeiro’s keel. Against Criciúma, despite a disallowed goal failure, he held up well and helped build plays, as he has been doing all season. The last time it was leaked was in a 1-1 draw with Tombense, in favor of Série B, on April 23.
After beating Sampaio Corre, when he equalized Dida’s mark, he commented on the sequence and considered it an isolated case. For the goalkeeper, it is necessary to play more matches and collect more achievements to compare with Dida and Fábio.
My story began to build. I have no history in the club. I don’t think I’ve overtaken anyone. Look how many titles Fabio and Dida have won here. I have to play many years here to get close to them.
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