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Benfica goalkeeper overcomes Man United error with redeeming penalty save

The young shot-stopper - who made a dreadful error at Old Trafford a fortnight ago - saved a poor penalty from Anthony Martial

It’s fair to say that Mile Svilar had an absolute stinker the last time he faced Manchester United. 

The Benfica goalkeeper – who became the youngest shot-stopper to play in the Champions League, at 18 years and 52 days, two weeks ago – accidentally carried Marcus Rashford’s free kick over the line to hand United all three points from their trip to Lisbon.


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Not a great debut for this young man

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Not a great debut for this young man

It was a horrible moment for the youngster, with scenes of the United players consoling the 18-year-old at full-time one of the enduring images from the clash.

But it’s a different story this time ’round, with Svilar redeeming himself in the return tie with a decent penalty save against Anthony Martial.

United won the penalty in the first-half after Douglas fouled the Frenchman in the box, who stepped up to take the spot-kick.


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Martial – who scored the winner for United against Tottenham at the weekend – had converted his previous four pens for the Red Devils, but struck the ball poorly to the goalie’s right, who palmed it wide.

Martial places the ball on the spot

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Martial places the ball on the spot

His connection with the ball is poor

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His connection with the ball is poor

Svilar dives to his right

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Svilar dives to his right

Redemption!

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Redemption!

Disappointing for Martial, but a great moment of redemption for young Svilar – who’s surely going to go on to enjoy a long and fruitful career, having already broken some pretty impressive records.

There’s always another game, eh?

Meanwhile, on the subject of great feats of goalkeeping, what about this from David de Gea?