If there was any doubt that Wuilker Faríñez should continue to be the undisputed goalkeeper of the Vinotinto, it is only necessary to review his performance against the current French champion and runner-up of the European Champions League to bury the questions about his lack of activity in the Lens. He had to wait 34 games to start with his team in League 1. But the long internship on the substitute bench has not diminished his enormous talent to repel rival attacks. The Faríñez who faced PSG of Neymar and company on Saturday offered his best resources. He covered two cannon shots at the roots of the posts with stretched felines. He cleared a head butt at point-blank range and the icing on the cake was the hawk flight to prevent what would have been a masterful goal from a stopped ball by Neymar.
Although PSG beat Lens 2-1, Faríñez's brilliant performance was the highlight of the match. He replaced the team's main goalkeeper, Jean Louis-Leca, giving a recital of agility, location and timely reaction to avoid a win. From this game , the future of Caracas at Lens may turn in his favor. The Venezuelan agreed to leave Millonarios de Bogotá for Lens de France knowing that he would be a substitute and that he would have to win the position, squeezing every opportunity offered to him to show his qualities to the last drop. On Saturday he had the best opportunity to show himself in League 1 and he looked as he used to in Caracas FC and in the Vinotinto national team, to such an extent that PSG goalkeeper Keylor Navas came to congratulate him and exchange flannels with the chamo of Catia.
Perhaps with Faríñez that well-known history that happened in the Major Leagues will be repeated, but that it comes as a glove to remember. On June 2, 1925, New York Yankees first baseman Wally Pep decided to take a break because he had a terrible headache. The young and promising Lou Gehrig replaced him at the diamond. Since that day, Gehrig has been the first baseman for the Yankees 2.130 consecutive games. He became the "Iron Horse" of baseball, one of the best players of any era and a legend in the Bronx Bombers. We do not know if Faríñez will be in the Gehrig of the Lens goal, but the club's coach, Franck Haise, will now have to think about it a lot before returning the Venezuelan to the substitute bench, because the great performance on PSG will be hovering over his head.
In the Copa Libertadores de América we have also witnessed the consecration of a goalkeeper who three years ago suffered a bitter experience from which he emerged more hardened. Carlos Olses was hardly a promising goalkeeper, when at the age of 17 he took over the goal of Deportivo La Guaira.
He had had a fabulous performance throughout the Clausura tournament, in whose first game of the grand final he kept the goal at zero, covering a penalty kick to Deportivo Lara striker, Jesús Hernández. But no goalkeeper is free from sins and Olses incurred his at the most unexpected moment, failing a clearance that Hernández himself converted into a goal to give his team the Clausura title.
Olses' tears in that painful setback washed away his sin in the Olympic stadium. On his return to La Guaira, after passing through Racing de Argentina, the tall goalkeeper has become an impregnable fortress. His safety in the littoral goal is responsible for the team having survived the harassment of Atlético Mineiro and Cerro Porteño to get two unexpected points. Suffering alone is the fate of gatekeepers. But Faríñez and Olses have already crossed that painful desert.