Diego Godin was playing up front last night – only because he couldn’t run.
The Athletico Madrid boss, Diego Simeone, threw the big man up top because he had used all his substitutions before the 70th minute.
With the game going into injury time at 2-2, the Atletico captain was on hand to head in the winner.
The Uruguayan had pulled his hamstring and was limping around the pitch for the final 20 minutes.
Simeone clearly saw a use for the wounded defender and left him to goal hang in search of a winner.
Godin made his manager’s decision look like a master stroke, heading in with two minutes to go.
The goal puts the Madrid side within a point of league leaders Barcelona and six points ahead of local rivals Real.
You can see the extent of the injury when Godin runs off to celebrate.
At first he has a spring in his step but it isn’t long before the Hispanic Terry Butcher had to put the brakes on.
He ended up heaped on the floor before his team mates piled on top of him.
Jose Mourinho was keen to sign the centre back in the summer although Ed Woodward’s tight purse strings meant the Old Trafford side never got near him.
The Man United boss will have looked at Phil Jones and Chris Smalling in preparation for the Manchester derby and you wouldn’t blame him if he wanted an injured Godin in their place.
Who knows? Maybe Phil Jones could have the Midas touch up front…
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