Kyle Walker Plays As Goalkeeper For Manchester City Against Atalanta
In a remarkable end to proceedings at the San Siro on Wednesday night, Manchester City defender Kyle Walker was forced to go in goal for the final stages of their Champions League group stage clash against Atalanta.
The right-back stepped up to replace Claudio Bravo, who was given a red card after he brought down Josip Ilicic in the 81st minute.
Bravo originally replaced first choice keeper Ederson after he was brought off injured at half-time, and is now a doubt for their clash against Liverpool at the weekend.
Back to the game and Walker was forced into action fairly quickly, saving a routine free-kick from 22 yards.
In fact, that save in the 87th minute meant that Walker made more saves in the Group C clash than both Ederson and Bravo combined.
Things you absolutely LOVE to see...- Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) November 6, 2019
Outfield players going in goal and making less than convincing saves
Well played, Kyle Walker :open_hands::raised_hands: pic.twitter.com/yUyEJIUvs1
Kyle Walker makes his first save as Manchester City goalkeeper :joy:#ChampionsLeague #OptusSport pic.twitter.com/I2hOXr2lpY
- Optus Sport (@OptusSport) November 6, 2019
Despite going down to ten men in the latter stages, Pep Guardiola's side managed secure a point against the Serie A side.
Raheem Sterling opened the scoring for City in the seventh minute. The 24-year-old has now scored five goals in the Champions League this season, as well as two assists.
Atalanta midfielder Mario Pasalic managed to find an equaliser in the second half but the Italian side couldn't find a winner as Kyle Walker kept his very own clean sheet.
Think Kyle Walker is the first English goalkeeper to make a save in the Champions League since Ben Hamer in Porto 5-0 Leicester in 2016.- Richard Jolly (@RichJolly) November 6, 2019
So in the last 12 days we've seen a 0-9, a 5-5, a 4-4, Ben Foster having a shot on target and Kyle Walker saving a free-kick. Drink it in.- Duncan Alexander (@oilysailor) November 6, 2019
Clean sheets in the Champions League this season:- Troll Football (@TrollFootball) November 6, 2019
Hugo Lloris: 0
Kyle Walker: 1 pic.twitter.com/OxOYkB52ez
:bar_chart:' Keeper Clean sheets this season:- City Chief (@City_Chief) November 6, 2019
Kyle Walker: 1
Lonely at the top I'm afraid.... pic.twitter.com/mRBawbIJBm
There's nothing quite like an outfield goalkeeper.
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