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5 CRAZY KEEPER MOMENTS

As the saying goes, you have to be mad to be a goalkeeper… and these No1’s have provided us with some eccentric moments, writes JON BOON.

In between the sticks for Manchester United, David De Gea conceded the most bizarre goal against Arsenal, when his own team mate Fred trod on his heel, leaving him on the deck as Emile Smith Rowe volleyed in from the edge of the area.

The controversial goal was allowed to stand with referee Martin Atkinson failing to blow the whistle before the ball crossed the line to stop play.

But that’s not the only bizarre moment involving the keeper as SunSport looks back at some classic incidents…

DIVOT

Former Blackburn goalie Tim Flowers’ unfortunate error always appears on blooper shows.

LIFE’S A BEACH

On a beach, a beach ball is lots of fun. But on the football pitch, it’s a potential hazard for goalkeepers

Just ask ex-Liverpool and Spain keeper Pepe Reina, who saw a shot from Sunderland striker Darren Bent deflect off one past him in a 1-0 defeat in 2009

SCORPION KICK

It’s the most remarkable save you’ll ever see.

England were hosting Colombia in 1995, in what ended up being a drab 0-0 draw.

However, it was livened up by madcap Rene Higuita’s now infamous scorpion kick.

ON A ROLL

He’s behind you!

Clearly, Shay Given didn’t get the memo that 6ft 2in centre forward Dion Dublin was sneakily hiding behind him.

So, the Irishman decided to roll the ball out in front of him as he prepared to launch the ball forward for Newcastle in a game against Coventry City during the 1997-98 season.

Cue Dublin pouncing on the loose ball and sweeping it home.

PAUL ROBINSON’S FREAK GOAL

Spare a thought for his rival, Ben Foster because no goalie wants to be scored against by his opposite number.

But that’s exactly what happened to the Watford shotstopper, when ex-Spurs star Paul Robinson unleashed a monster free kick from deep in his own half in a game from 2007.

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