FORMER Manchester United player Mame Biram Diouf went in goal TWICE in one game for Turkish club Hatayspor during a Turkish Cup tie this week.
That included lining up between the sticks for a penalty shootout after the fourth-round clash against Eyupspor ended 1-1 after extra-time.
Diouf steppe up first to take a penalty, complete in goalkeeper kitCredit: [email protected]
He then took up his position in goalCredit: [email protected]
Diouf was the unlikeliest of heroes as Eyupspor missed twice from 12 yardsCredit: [email protected]
And incredibly Diouf ended up on the winning side, helping his team to a 6-5 shootout win to progress to the next round of the cup.
Diouf’s only trophy of his career was winning the League Cup with Manchester United in 2010, but he is now eyeing cup glory in Turkey.
This dramatic story starts in the last minute of normal time as Hatayspor’s first choice keeper was given his marching orders for a lunging tackle as last man.
Diouf, who played nine times for Manchester United between 2009-2012, was tasked with taking over the gloves for the final seconds of the 90.
Then in extra-time Hatayspor bought on their substitute goalkeeper.
But too was SENT OFF in the 120th minute for also bringing down an opposition player as last man.
It left Diouf with no choice but to pull the gloves back on for the last few seconds the game, plus the dreaded penalty shootout.
However the 33-year-old proved he could do it all, coolly slotting home the first penalty, before taking up his position in goal.
And although he didn’t actually save a penalty he was still the man of the hour.
Eyupspor missed their first and last spot kick, meaning Diouf and Hatayspor dramatically progressed to the next round of the cup with a 6-5 win on penalties.
Two of the club’s goalkeepers are now suspended for the next round, although Hatayspor may be tempted to keep Diouf between the sticks after his heroics.
Although they will miss his presence up front.
The striker has netted six goals in 14 games for the club in all competitions this campaign.
Diouf may have barely featured for Man Utd during his Old Trafford career, but footy fans are likely to remember him for the six years he spent at Stoke City.
The Senegalese striker played 157 times for Stoke – scoring 25 times – before moving to Turkey in 2020.
One of those goals was an incredible solo effort against United’s bitter rivals City at the Etihad in 2014, helping Stoke to a shock 1-0 win.
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