Making an early claim for 2013’s goalkeeper of the year, Atletico Madrid’s Thibaut Courtois ensured his side’s 2-0 Copa del Rey victory over Real Betis.

The 20-year-old Belgian, on loan from Chelsea, built on his impressive first half display five minutes after the break after stopping Betis’ shots inside his own penalty box, making three consecutive spectacular saves.

Courtois’ form will be a shot to the arm with the Stamford Bridge contingency, who are in a desperate search to find a suitable long-term replacement for club stalwart Petr Cech.