One rare scenario that can take place in football is when an outfield player ends up having to go in goal, and we all know it’s something fans get excited about seeing.
As soon as the keeper is off, a defender changes his shirt gets the gloves on and from then on no one can take their eyes on him, waited for how he deals with an oncoming opponents, or if he dives, which tends to gets ironic cheers for the crowd.
The most recent time it happened in professional football was Wednesday the 7th of November when Kyle Walker’s went between the sticks for Manchester City against Atalanta in the Champions League, so with that our minds still, we thought we’d take a look back at five of the best times the unique moment happened…
John Terry, Reading v Chelsea 2006
Terry had to go in goal late on in the Premier League fixture after Petr Cech suffered a horrific head injury after just 20 seconds, who was replaced by Claudio Cudicini who was also stretchered off prior to the full time whistle after picking up another serious head injury.
Niall Quinn, Man City v Derby 1991
Quinn opened the scoring to make it his 20th goal of the season with a left-footed volley, but when City keeper Tony Cotton given a red card, he stepped in goal to face a penalty, to which he dived right and pulled off a cracking save from Dean Saunders’ strike.
Rio Ferdinand, Man Utd v Portsmouth 2008
Rio was placed in goal during the Red Devils’ FA Cup Quarter Final clash against Portsmouth after first choice keeper Van Der Saar was injured, and his replacement Tomasz Kuszczak was shown a red card for taking down Milan Baros with 12 minutes to go.
Ferdinand had to go in goal and immediately be faced with a penalty, which he couldn’t save with Sulley Muntari hitting the ball into the bottom corner.
The score ended up finishing 1-0 and Man Utd crashed out of the FA Cup.
Phil Jagielka, Sheffield Utd v Arsenal, 2006
Neil Warnock disliked using a place on his bench for a back-up goalkeeper, leading to Jagielka standing in on a number of occasions during his Sheffield United days – most memorably in a 1-0 win over Arsenal.
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