10 great goals scored by goalkeepers: Brignoli, Schmeichel, Poom, Higuita…

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Alberto Brignoli made headlines at the weekend when he left his goal to score Benevento’s equaliser at Milan – but he isn’t the only goalkeeper with a penchant for scoring goals.

After his performance in Manchester United’s 3-1 win over Arsenal on Saturday, you’d have been forgiven for thinking no keeper would top David de Gea’s display that weekend.

How wrong you were…

A few weeks back, Italian Serie A minnows Benevento broke an 87-year record (held by Manchester United) after losing their first 13 matches of the season. They went on to lose their 14th, too. No top-flight club across Europe’s big five leagues had ever made a worse start to a campaign.

Then, on Sunday, they finally ended their losing run with a dramatic 2-2 draw against Milan. And as if that wasn’t enough, the scorer of their injury-time equaliser was none other than Alberto Brignoli, goalkeeper. Brilliant.

While you’re still basking in the glow of the Italian’s big moment (and not thinking about David de Gea), here are nine more great goals scored by goalkeepers to make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

10) Alberto Brignoli, Benevento vs Milan, 2017

The 26-year-old is actually on the books at Juventus, with Benevento being his fifth club he has played for on loan since joining the Turin giants in 2015.

He might not stick around long at the bottom-placed club, but Benevento fans are unlikely to forget him in a hurry after this…

9) Peter Schmeichel, Aston Villa vs Everton, 2001

The great Dane’s effort against Everton might not have prevented a Villa defeat back in 2001, but the Di Canio-esque volley is by some margin the Premier League’s finest goalkeeper goal.

Tim Howard’s may have been funnier, Asmir Begovic’s further and faster, but this strike is pure class.

8) Ali Ahamada, Tolouse vs Rennes, 2012

The 95th minute is just about the right time for a goalkeeper goal, a fact demonstrated by Comoros international keeper Ali Ahamada, whose dramatic equaliser with the back of his head made Javier Hernandez look like an amateur.

7) René Higuita, Atlético Nacional vs River Plate, 1995

Many consider Higuita to be something of a comedy figure thanks to his catastrophic d*cking around for Colombia at the 1990 World Cup and equally silly “scorpion kick” in a friendly against England.

But the mad sweeper-keeper really could play. The technique for this free kick seems all kinds of wrong, but that just makes it all the more impressive, really.

6) Mart Poom, Sunderland vs Derby County, 2003

Poom made a name for himself at Derby, being named the club’s Player of the Year in the 1999-2000 season.

But unfortunately for Rams fans, the Estonian stopper scored this absolute bullet of a header against them, grabbing a late equaliser for Sunderland at the start of the 2003/04 season.

5) Jimmy Glass, Carlisle vs Plymouth Argyle, 1999

Undoubtedly one of the most significant goals scored by goalkeepers, this legendary Jimmy Glass strike kept Carlisle in the Football League in 1999, prompting a mass pitch invasion.

The journeyman keeper, on loan from Swindon at the time, ended his Carlisle spell with an impressive strike rate of one goal in three.

4) Rogério Ceni, São Paulo vs Corinthians, 2011

Brazilian goalkeeper Rogério Ceni, the highest-scoring keeper in football history, retired in 2015 with 132 goals to his name — all thanks to a penchant for penalties and free kicks.

This beauty against Corinthians was the 100th of his career. Not bad.

3) José Luis Chilavert (x3), Vélez Sarsfield vs Ferro Carril Oeste, 1999

Like fellow South Americans Higuita and Ceni, beloved Paraguayan goalkeeper José Luis Chilavert also had a knack for dead-ball situations. So much so, in fact, that he once scored a hat-trick of spot kicks for Vélez Sarsfield. Madness.

2) Martin Hansen, ADO Den Haag vs PSV Eindhoven, 2015

The last few years have produced some spectacular goals from goalkeepers. Accidental hoofs from 90 yards seem barely worth mentioning when you see goals like this from Den Haag’s Danish keeper Martin Hansen.

Giroud? Mkhitaryan? Hansen, all day long.

1) Oscarine Masuluke, Baroka FC vs Orlando Pirates, 2016

The technique of Hansen’s flying backheel is perhaps bettered only by this bicycle kick from South African goalie Oscarine Masuluke, whose stunning goal earned Premiership side Baroka a draw against Orlando Pirates last year.

Masuluke’s effort was nominated for this year’s Puskas Award, which instead went to Olivier Giroud, a player whose actual job is to score goals.

If David De Gea wants long-term plaudits, he knows what he has to do.

By Benedict O’Neill


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