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Real Madrid are set to sell some players this summer.

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Alisson goal video, best goals by goalkeepers, José Luis Chilavert, Oscarine Masuluke, Liverpool defeat West Brom



After Alisson Becker headed in a 94th minute winner for Liverpool against West Brom on Sunday his manager Jurgen Klopp declared: “It’s the best goal I’ve ever seen scored by a goalkeeper!” Becker has some competition for that prize.

Plenty of goalkeepers have scored with a spectacular punt from their own penalty area.

Some, like Brazilian Rogerio Ceni, who scored more than 130 goals in his career, or Jose Luis Chilavert and Rene Higuita, were dead ball specialists.

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For most goalkeepers the chance only comes when the situation is dire and time running out and desperate coaches wave their goalies forward, as the Liverpool bench did on Sunday.

Alisson’s deft header on could be worth millions to his club as it kept alive their late charge for a highly lucrative place in next season’s Champions League.

Here, AFP Sport picks some of the most spectacular, and important, goals scored by the men whose job is usually to prevent them.

Higuita, for Atletico Nacional v River Plate, Copa Libertadores semi-final first leg, August 9, 1995

Higuita had a flair for the spectacular. Less than a month before his famous scorpion clearance as Colombia played a friendly against England at Wembley, he contributed a far more significant flourish in Medellin to propel his club towards the Copa Libertadores final.

He smashed in the only goal of the game with a 51st minute free kick that flew over the wall, crashed into the underside of the bar and flew down into the goal.

Higuita hit the net again in the second leg, converting his team’s first kick in a penalty shootout which his team won 8-7.

Chilavert, for Paraguay against Argentina, World Cup qualifying, September 1, 1996

All eight of Chilavert’s international goals came in competitive matches, two of them were against Argentina.

The rasping low drive with which earned Paraguay a draw in Buenos Aires helped propel them to a second-place finish in the South American World Cup qualifying group and a first qualification in 12 years.

Jimmy Glass, for Carlisle v Plymouth, English third division, May 8, 1999

On the last day of the season, Carlisle needed to win to stay in the Football League.

With the scores level and four minutes of added time nearly up, they won a corner.

Coach Nigel Pearson waved the on-loan goalkeeper forward. When the ball dropped to him in the six-yard box, Glass slammed it home on the volley.

It was the last of the three games he played for Carlisle.

Oscarine Masuluke, for Baroka v Orlando Pirates, South African Premier League, November 30, 2016

Masuluke’s spectacular volleyed overhead kick from the corner of the penalty area saved a point for struggling Baroka, but ultimately they were relegated anyway.

It deserves a place on the list because it was a strike of such unlikely beauty that it finished second in FIFA’s goal of the year vote, behind an Olivier Giroud scorpion kick.

Alberto Brignoli, Benevento v AC Milam, Serie A, December 3, 2017 — Brignoli became another on-loan hero when he hurled himself at a 95th minute free kick against Milan.

The goalkeeper made contact just in front of the penalty spot. The ball hit the back of his head and rocketed into the goal to give Benevento a first-ever Serie A point after 14 straight defeats.

Rafal Gikiewicz, for Union Berlin v Heidenheim, Bundesiga 2, October 7, 2018

When Gikiewicz rose at the far post to nod a last second equaliser he kept Union Berlin unbeaten early in the German second division season, but the point he won proved crucial when Union sneaked into third place.

They edged Stuttgart in the playoffs to reach the Bundesliga for the first time. They are still there.

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Rangers fans clash with police in title celebrations; Steven Gerard, news, updates



Three police officers were injured and more than 20 arrests made after Rangers fans packed into the streets of Glasgow on Saturday to celebrate winning the Scottish Premiership with an unbeaten record.

Steven Gerrard’s side had already been confirmed as champions over two months ago, but fans gathered in large numbers outside Ibrox Stadium for a 4-0 win over Aberdeen on the day they were presented with the league trophy.

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The entire Scottish season has been played behind closed doors due to coronavirus restrictions.

A spike in positive cases in Glasgow saw the Scottish government on Friday maintain restrictions on indoor mixing of households and hospitality that will be eased for the rest of mainland Scotland on Monday.

Fans pack St George Square to celebrate.Source: Getty Images

Fans ignored pleas from the club and government to disperse as they then marched from Ibrox into Glasgow city centre.

Riot police were drafted in to help disperse the crowds as scenes turned violent late on Saturday night.

In a statement, Police Scotland’s Divisional Commander for Greater Glasgow, Chief Superintendent Mark Sutherland, said: “As celebrations continued sections of the crowd became increasingly disorderly, property was damaged and people were assaulted.

“Our officers became the focus of the crowd’s attention with missiles and flares being thrown at them.

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Police make an arrest as Rangers fans during the wild celebrations.Source: AFP

“So far, we know that three officers have been injured and more than 20 people have been arrested.” Scotland’s Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf said he will liaise with the football authorities to see what action can be taken.

“This selfish and irresponsible behaviour endangers the lives of others – supporters, the police on duty and the wider community,” Yousaf said in a statement posted to social media.

“We have already discussed this with Rangers and will liaise with Police Scotland and the football authorities to consider what further action can be taken.” The Scottish Government previously criticised Rangers’ response after thousands of fans gathered on the weekend they clinched the title in early March.

Smoke from flares was thick in the air.Source: AFP

On the field, the Rangers rounded off a near-flawless season. Aberdeen never threatened to spoil the party as Kemar Roofe scored twice after Joe Lewis’s early own goal.

Former Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe completed the demolition in the final moments.

Having ended Celtic’s bid for a 10th successive Scottish title, Rangers finished with 102 points after going unbeaten through the entire 38-game campaign.

Rangers’ 19th win from 19 league games at Ibrox this season saw them finish 25 points clear of second-placed Celtic.

“It was about having a vision, getting the right people in the right places, the right support from the board and fighting for it,” said former Liverpool captain Gerrard.

“I’m so proud of the boys and all the staff. We’ve fought every day for the last three years to get to this point.”

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