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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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Atletico Madris on brink of title over Real Madrid, Barcelona



Diego Simeone hailed Luis Suarez as “extraordinary” on Sunday after the Uruguayan scored the goal that could win Atletico Madrid La Liga, his late winner snatching a dramatic 2-1 win over Osasuna.

Atletico trailed Osasuna with nine minutes to go at the Wanda Metropolitano and faced a defeat that would not just have postponed their bid to be champions but allowed Real Madrid, who were beating Athletic Bilbao, to go top with one game left.

Instead, Atletico scored in the 82nd and 88th minutes to pull off a stunning turnaround. Renan Lodi smashed in an equaliser before Suarez proved the hero, firing in from eight yards to spark mass celebrations.

Not since 2013-14 has a team other than Real Madrid or Barcelona won La Liga.

Atletico Madrid won that season, which remains the only time since 2003-04 that Barcelona and Real Madrid failed to win.

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“He’s extraordinary,” said Diego Simeone of Suarez. “He came here wanting to prove people wrong, wanting to show that he was a forward still at the top of his game. Who better than him to decide a match that seemed to be getting away from us?”

Atletico’s players and substitutes piled onto Suarez in the corner and at full-time, some of their players dropped to their knees, not with ecstasy, but relief, the title now just one win away.

“These are moments of happiness,” said Suarez. “It was one of the best first halves of the season. We missed a lot of chances, me in particular, but to win the league you have to suffer and today we stepped up.”

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To be crowned champions with a game to spare, Atletico needed Real Madrid to slip up at San Mames but Nacho Fernandez put Real ahead in the second half and Atletico’s priority quickly became preservation.

Victory maintains their two-point advantage and another win away at Real Valladolid next weekend will guarantee a second league title in 25 years.

Barcelona are out of the running after they lost 2-1 at home to Celta Vigo. Santi Mina scored twice, including an 89th minute winner for Celta after Lionel Messi headed in the opener.

Suarez, who was forced to leave Barca last summer, has scored 20 goals this season, with his latest strike putting his new team on the brink of the title.

After more than a year away, fans finally returned to La Liga but only for the two games in the Valencia region, where the coronavirus infection rate has dropped below the target rate set by the government.

At Villarreal the maximum 5,000 fans cheered their team to a 4-0 home victory over high-flying Sevilla.

But 60 kilometres (37 miles) down the Mediterranean coast, Valencia, whose relations with their fans are strained, sold only 3,000 of the available places. The impact was similar as the home team beat struggling Eibar 4-1.

In Madrid, no fans were allowed in the Wanda Metropolitano, but they gathered outside and cheered as the team bus arrived.

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Atletico had 16 shots in the first half but could not find a way through. – Fireworks – The best of them came from an Angel Correa cross but Suarez took too long and with three Osasuna players in front of him, he could only pick out the post.

Atletico’s players might have thought Real Madrid had conceded when a huge cheer came from the fans outside, but it was Barca who had let in an equaliser against Celta Vigo. All the top three were being held at halftime.

Atletico thought they were ahead on the hour as Stefan Savic finished from Trippier’s cross. Fans outside set off fireworks, but Savic was just off-side and the goal was ruled out.

Atletico put the ball in the net again, only for flag to go up again, Carrasco nipping behind too early before powering in.

The flag stayed down at San Mames a few minutes later though as Nacho gave Real Madrid the lead in the 68th minute, Karim Benzema, who was off-side, missed Casemiro’s cross and Nacho prodded in.

Real Madrid were going top and seven minutes later, things got worse for Atletico as Ante Budimir was free at the back post to head in a free kick. The fans outside went silent.

Simeone brought on two substitutes and they combined to level. Joao Felix scooped a superb pass through for Lodi to thunder in with eight minutes left.

There was hope and in the 88th minute there was joy, Carrasco latching onto a Trippier pass and pulling back perfectly for Suarez, who arrived late, fired in and ran to the corner.

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