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When Brazilian Midfielder Felipe Melo Was Given In-Form Goalkeeper Card On FIFA

Jack Kenmare

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When Brazilian Midfielder Felipe Melo Was Given In-Form Goalkeeper Card On FIFA

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On November 24, 2012, Turkish giants Galatasaray came up against Elazigspor in one of the most memorable Süper Lig clashes in recent times. Let me explain.

In the final minutes of the game, as Galatasaray tried to defend their narrow 1-0 lead, goalkeeper Fernando Muslera received his marching orders in the 89th minute.

It was a troubling moment for every away supporter in the Elazığ Atatürk Stadium that day and understandably, they feared the worst.

Image: YouTube
Image: YouTube

At the time, Fatih Terim's side were just one point behind Süper Lig leaders Antalyaspor and the question remained; who was going to replace the departing goalkeeper?

To the surprise of many people in the stadium, and those watching at home, Brazilian midfielder Felipe Melo pulled on Muslera's jersey and gloves and prepared himself for one of the most important moments of the season.

In the next two minutes or so, the footballing world witnessed one of the craziest moments in a long time.

Melo slowly strapped up Muslera's gloves and after a fair few seconds of waiting, he dived to his right and saved the Elazigspor spot kick, becoming a hero in the process.

Galatasaray secured all three points that and a delighted Melo celebrated by crawling around on all fours, doing his trademark pitbull celebration.

As a result of his goalkeeping heroics, EA Sports decided to give the former Juventus and Fiorentina midfielder a 64-rated, in-form goalkeeper card on FIFA Ultimate Team.

Image: FUTHEAD
Image: FUTHEAD

This isn't the first time EA Sports have awarded an outfield player a goalkeeper card on Ultimate Team.

Back in 2016, after MK Dons striker Alex Revell saved a penalty-kick against Preston North End, those behind the scenes at FIFA handed him a card that contained some pretty decent stats.

Image: FUTHEAD
Image: FUTHEAD

I mean, you wouldn't be disappointed with 70 reflexes, 62 handling and 70 kicking, would you?

Topics: Football, Galatasaray, Brazil

Jack Kenmare
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