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Must-see sports moments of the week: Gianluigi Buffon still makes sick saves

There were plenty of eye-catching sporting moments from the week past, particularly in England where a footballer tried stealing a march on his opponents in an unusual manner. Yahoo Singapore picks out a selection.
1. Old is gold

The best way to respond to criticism is often to simply prove people wrong and Gianluigi Buffon has been around long enough to know that.

The legendary Italian goalkeeper had made a couple of uncharacteristic mistakes for both country and club recently in their matches against Spain and Palermo respectively.

But the Juventus man reminded everyone just how good he still is even at 38 with a stunning display on Tuesday against Lyon in the Champions League.

First, he saved a penalty (0:29) in the 35th minute, going the right way to push it away though admittedly the ball wasn’t very well struck.

It would be his next save (1:07) that made jaws drop. Nabil Fekir’s effort from 16 yards took a deflection and seemed destined to go in - only for Buffon to somehow thrust out a hand and tip it over despite having dived in the opposite direction.

You have to see it to believe it and the replays from multiple angles - as well as the Lyon players’ reactions - show just how amazing his reflexes were.

Buffon also made a point-blank stop (2:05) off Corentin Tolisso’s header, but by then you’d almost expect him to keep those shots out.

His contributions proved vital as those saves kept the score at 0-0, setting a platform for Juan Cuadrado to score in 76th minute to earn them a 1-0 win.

Buffon delivered a stinging riposte to critics after the game: “I love it when they celebrate your funeral, and then you show them that you’re still alive.”

2. What’s that? Let me see!

Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Ross Wallace came up with an unusual way to contribute to his team during their clash with Huddersfield on Sunday.

The hosts had sent on Michael Hefele as a substitute in the 84th minute as they chased a 1-0 deficit in their Championship match, the second tier of English football.

Hefele brought a piece of paper that contained tactical instructions and first showed it to team-mate Nahki Wells, before then passing it to Elias Kachunga.

But as the latter was reading it, the paper was snatched from his hands by Wallace, who cheekily took a glance at it.

Kachunga did not look too impressed by Wallace’s antics, which subsequently went viral online.

Wednesday did see out the game 1-0 and head coach Carlos Carvalhal even joked after the game that “stealing the papers is something [for which] we are training all the time” as he wants his charges to “know everything” about their opponents.

3. A sure-fire solution

It seems like in Morocco, tennis courts are dried in a very unique manner.

During a semi-final match of the ATP Challenger Tour event in Casablanca last Friday, a downpour delayed proceedings with Frenchman Maxime Janvier leading Belgian Arthur De Greef 6-4, 4-2.

The rain eventually stopped, but there were still puddles of water on one side of the court.

Officials decided that the best way was to use heat to dry it - by literally setting it on fire.

“We had a long rain break and the side of the court was still holding a lot of water in the surface,” tour supervisor Carl Baldwin was quoted as saying on the official ATP website. “To solve this, you pour gas on it and set it alight. This isn’t commonly done, but I have seen it before.”