Iker Casillas’ 1000th match of career ends on dismal note as Porto suffer defeat at Belenenses

Lisbon: Iconic Spanish goalkeeper Iker Casillas played the 1000th match of his career on Monday as Portuguese title contenders Porto suffered a damaging 2-0 defeat at Belenenses.

Porto's Spanish goalkeeper Iker Casillas gestures during the UEFA Champions League round of sixteen second leg football match between Liverpool and FC Porto at Anfield in Liverpool, north-west England on March 6, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS

File image of Porto’s Spanish goalkeeper Iker Casillas. AFP

Casillas was making his 108th appearance for Porto, having previously turned out 725 times with boyhood club Real Madrid while earning 167 caps for Spain.

He captained his country to their first World Cup title in 2010 as well as consecutive European Championships, in 2008 and 2012.

The 36-year-old broke through into the Real first team as a teenager in 1999, winning the Champions League on three occasions before moving to Porto in 2015.

Porto have already announced that Casillas will leave at the end of the season following a three-year stint in Portugal as the club look to trim their payroll.

Monday’s loss to Belenenses, a second defeat in three matches, left Porto a point behind defending champions and leaders Benfica with six games of the season remaining.

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