Yashin may have helped Ricardo: Eusebio

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:04 IST

Portuguese soccer great Eusebio says the late Lev Yashin may have helped Portugal defeat England 6-5 in the penalty shootout victory in the quarterfinals.

Lisbon:

Portuguese soccer great Eusebio says the late Lev Yashin may have helped Portugal defeat England 6-5 in the penalty shootout victory in the quarterfinals. Writing in the O Jogo newspaper, Eusebio said he picked up a few tips from Yashin about saving penalties and passed them on to Portugal 'keeper Ricardo. "I learned this secret from the great Yashin and fortunately it paid off. I quickly told Ricardo to guess which side the ball was going to go. If you guess right there is then a 70 per cent chance you will save it," Eusebio wrote. "He managed to do it and what's more did it without gloves. And then he had the courage to score the winning penalty, something he has already done when he used to play for Boavista," the soccer genius added. Yashin was the 'keeper with the Soviet Union from 1954 until 1967 and is widely regarded as one of the greats at his position. He died on March 20, 1990. (AP)

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