Goalkeeper Scores 104th Minute Equaliser In 3-3 Draw Against Andres Iniesta's Vissel Kobe
In an absolute bonkers game over in Japan between Shimizu S-Pulse and a Vissel Kobe side featuring Andres Iniesta and Lukas Podolski, goalkeeper Yuji Rokutan scored a dramatic equaliser in the 14th minute of stoppage time.
Vissel, who had two players sent off in the game, were leading 3-1 but Douglas popped up for the hosts to reduce the deficit in the 87th minute and then a load of stoppage time was given because of an injury.
It gave Shimizu some precious time to grab a leveller against 10-man Vissel but the goal came through the most unlikely of sources.
What a man ! Shimizu S-Pulse (and former Vegalta Sendai GK Yuji Rokutan scored on AT !!!!!! https://t.co/pPS0tONIej- yosuke (@maimaidenden) November 24, 2018
4. Yuji Rokutan scored that goal like a true professional. Great positioning, power, aim, and even though they could have wasted a minute mobbing him to celebrate he just ran back to the goal.- Dan Orlowitz (@aishiterutokyo) November 24, 2018
5. The disciplinary committee has tough decisions to make - punish now or later?
Rokutan came up from a corner and rose higher than anyone else to head home and make it 3-3. You would have expected him to go wild after finding the net but the goalie basically just acknowledged his teammates and raced back to his goal.
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It finished all-square but there was room for more madness in the crazy game. An overly aggressive challenge from Vissel's Wellington was penalised and sparked a bit of a melee between players and staff.
Wellington was then given a second yellow card and subsequently his marching orders but as Rokutan came over to try and hurry the Brazilian off the pitch, he ended up getting judo-thrown in a mental end to an incident-packed encounter.
Elsewhere in the penultimate matchday in the J-League, Spanish striker Fernando Torres saved Sagan Tosu from automatic relegation with a late winner against Yokohama F. Marinos.
Fernando Torres scoring a last minute winner for Sagan Tosu to save them from relegation!- Photos of Football (@photosofootball) November 24, 2018
Hero in Japan :flag_jp: pic.twitter.com/lkFZFUzI1c