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Benfica keeper will break a 15-year Champions League record against Man United

Benfica's Mile Svilar is set to break Iker Casillas' 15-year record and become the youngest goalkeeper to play in the Champions League

Iker Casillas laughed in the face of conventional wisdom saying goalkeepers need to be experienced veterans when he played in the Champions League final as a teenager.

His record, as the youngest Champions League goalkeeper, has stood since that final in 2002.

But now, after 15 years, there’s a new youngster on the block.

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What were you doing at 18?

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What were you doing at 18?

Benfica’s Mile Svilar is set to break Casillas’ record when he makes his Champions League debut at the age of 18 (one month and 22 days).

An injury to veteran Brazilian Julio Cesar means Svilar is in line to make his European debut at the Estadio da Luz.

The Belgium Under-19 international is a relatively new arrival at Benfica, having joined from Anderlecht in the summer.

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Don’t bother diving for those

But he’ll have a job on his hands keeping a clean sheet against Man United.

Only PSG and Chelsea have scored more goals than United in this season’s Champions League.

Jose Mourinho’s side opened up with a 3-0 win against Basel at Old Trafford before heading to Russia and picking up a 4-1 win against CSKA Moscow.

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Svilar, who was born in the Belgian city of Antwerp, will also have to face compatriot Romelu Lukaku, who returned from an ankle injury to play against Liverpool.

Lukaku scored in nine consecutive games for club and country before drawing a blank at Anfield, so he’ll be keen to get back amongst the goals.

No pressure then, Mile.


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