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After World Cup debacle, Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas now under pressure at Real Madrid

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MADRID — After a disastrous World Cup for Spain, goalkeeper Iker Casillas is now feeling the pressure to turn things around at Real Madrid.

Casillas appeared to be the target of jeers from some Madrid fans — while others chanted his name in support — during Madrid's 2-1 loss Saturday to crosstown rival Atletico Madrid.

PHOTO: Real Madrid's goalkeeper Iker Casillas jumps for the ball with Mario Mandzukic from Croatia during a Spanish La Liga soccer match at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)
Real Madrid's goalkeeper Iker Casillas jumps for the ball with Mario Mandzukic from Croatia during a Spanish La Liga soccer match at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)

Casillas says "our fans are sovereign. If they feel they need to jeer, then you have to accept it and keep working."

Once widely considered among the best goalkeepers in the world, Casillas' reputation was dealt a serious blow at the World Cup when Spain conceded seven goals in its opening two losses that meant an early end to its title defense.

Madrid has conceded a total of six goals in its last two league defeats.

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