Wayne Hennessey put in a man-of-the-match display to help Wales to a goalless draw against Mexico at the Rose Bowl in Los Angeles on Monday.
The Palace keeper made numerous saves in the first half to keep Ryan Giggs’ youthful Welsh side in the contest, and he played the whole 90 minutes as he kept his clean sheet intact against a Mexico side preparing for their seventh-straight World Cup.
Hennessey was first called into action after five minutes when he tipped a Jesus Manuel Corona curler around the post, and then on 21 minutes he denied Javier Hernandez as the West Ham United striker attempted to send the majority of the 86,000 crowd into a frenzy.
Mexican captain Hector Herrera was next to be denied by Hennessey as he tipped over his fierce blast from 25 yards, and then after the restart only an outstretched leg managed to prevent Herrera again as he looked to round the goalkeeper.
Two minutes from time it looked as though Oribe Peralta was going to snatch the win when he let fly from the edge of the area, but Hennessey ensured his 76th cap would be one to remember as he made another flying stop to help his side enjoy a share of the spoils.
Speaking post-match, Giggs heaped praise on his goalkeeper, saying: “Wayne’s very experienced. For years and years now he’s been absolutely brilliant for Wales and we needed him tonight because we needed to defend against a very good team.
“Wayne knew that he was going to be busy. Hopefully in the future he won’t be as busy and we can keep the ball a little bit better, but that’s why your goalkeeper is there, to keep the ball out of the net and Wayne does it better than anyone.
“Wayne has shown time and time again what quality he has and he showed it again tonight.”