Taking inspiration from Wednesday night heroics of Cosmin Moti to send his side Ludogrets into maiden Champions’ league stint, here we aim to look at 6 out-field players who have gone on to exploit goal-keeping heroics.Despite names like John Terry, John O’ Shea , Rio Ferdinand and Luis Enrique on the broader list, we pick up 6 names who were instrumental when it came to wear gloves in emergency.
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1. Cosmin Moti
In the Champions League 2014-15 playoff clash against Steaua Bucharesti, the Romanian defender put on the gloves for his side Ludogrets and saved two penalties in the shoot-out to see his side go through to the main stage of the European Competition, which is first for his side. This will be remembered forever as the greatest achievement an out-field player pulled off wearing gloves.[/nextpage]
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2. Mladen Petric
The former Borussia Dortmund player pulled off a remarkable injury time penalty save in the 2006-07 UEFA Europa League group stage match . With the score level at 2-2, the striker, then playing for FC Basel, took the responsibility to save the spot-kick in the 93rd minute after his colleague the regular goalkeeper Fernando Costanzo was sent off.
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On August 13,2012, in a third round clash of Hungarian first divison between Honved and Videoton, Honved defender Ivan Lovric was forced to stand between the sticks in the dying minutes of the game as Honved regular keeper Szabolcs Kemenes was sent off. The Croatian defender jumped on to the right side to deny Videoton a draw at the last minute.
The name of Honved recently came up in the news because of legendary Del Piero who was pursued by them to join their club.
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Again a striker, Mike Magee of LA Galaxy, went on to take the goal-keeping responsibility for the last 60 minutes of a Major League Socccer tie against San Jose Earthquakes. He managed 4 saves, including an 1-v-1 stop which saw him keep the clean sheet for this match. This is considered as the most prominent goal-keeping display by a striker in the history of the game.
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5. Phil Jagielka
In a Premier League home encounter against Arsenal, the Everton Defender, then playing for Sheffield United, had to wear the gloves the last 34 minutes of the match. With his side 1-0 up, it was his responsibility to earn his side a costly 3 points against the gunners. He proved his worth between the sticks after denying Robin Van Persie an equaliser and succeeded onto earn the clean sheet.
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6. Jan Rosenthal
In a Bundesliga encounter with Wolfsburg, Jan Rosenthal, playing as an attacking midfielder for Hannover 96, denied Edin Dzeko from the spot when called in action.