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Gianluigi Buffon waited until his forties to prove he was human

The Italian gifted Romelu Lukaku his second in Paris

You had to rub your eyes after seeing that one.

Gianluigi Buffon, a man who’s name walks hand in hand with dependability, just let in a howler.

The veteran goalkeeper has never won the Champions League and he just put PSG in risk of a shock exit.


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Could this be his last chance to win the Champions League?

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Could this be his last chance to win the Champions League?

PSG were looking so comfortable with the scores locked at 1-1.

Despite an early Lukaku goal, the French side looked in control of the tie.

And if there was one man in their ranks you couldn’t imagine making a mistake, it is the 41-year-old Buffon.

This was a sad sight…

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This was a sad sight…

For the past two decades Buffon has been voted as the World’s Best Goalkeeper a remarkable five times, most recently in 2017.

But as the senior shot-stopper enters his forties, he is finally showing signs of cracking.

The shot from Rashford was speculative

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The shot from Rashford was speculative

Marcus Rashford picked the ball up 30 yards from goal and had a pop.

United hadn’t really troubled Buffon apart from the goal but Rashford’s shot caused more problems than it should have.

Buffon made a complete mess of it

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Buffon made a complete mess of it

Buffon spilt the ball having got there with time to spare.

It bounced out of the former Juventus keeper’s hands straight into the path of Lukaku, who made no mistake.

Lukaku made no mistake

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Lukaku made no mistake

Time will tell if Buffon’s error will be costly in his eternal hunt for a Champions League medal.

And who are we to suggest when the legend’s time is up?

One thing we can say after all these years of super-natural performances, it’s good to see Gigi is in fact human.


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