Galekovic star of the show for Reds

ADELAIDE United coach John Kosmina was still recovering from a bout of laryngitis yesterday morning, but it did not stop him singing the praises of goalkeeper Eugene Galekovic.

Galekovic was the star of the show on Tuesday night, making a number of crucial saves as the Reds continued their remarkable Asian Champions League run with a 1-0 win over Nagoya Grampus.

The Adelaide keeper now has 15 clean sheets from 26 ACL games and his performance, along with a rare Jon McKain goal, took the Reds to the quarter-finals.

Kosmina said his keeper was the star of the show.

"What can you say about Eugene's performance," he said.

"One of the saves he made, that might happen once every two or three years if you're lucky, but he's made two in one game."

"You look at the Pohang game and he made a similar save in that one as well. You look at where we are now, it is a team game but goalkeepers - the ones that make the special saves that win you games, that is when you say you've really got a world-class keeper on your books and we have."

The victory has earned Adelaide's players a five-week break with pre-season training to start on July 9.

The quarter-final will be played on September 19 with Adelaide's opponents to be announced on June 14



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