VDefending champion Kyle Walker has not enjoyed his brief appearance as Manchester City goalkeeper. “Did not expect the evening to end like this,” Walker tweeted after 1-1 (1-0) in the Champions League at Atalanta Bergamo, where he kept the goal in the final stages. The defender joked, “I think I'll still be a field player.”
The fact that Walker stood between the posts, was due to the fact that initially master-keeper Ederson injured and hobbled at halftime off the court. His use in the top match at Liverpool on Sunday is questionable. On top of that Edersons representative Claudio Bravo conceded the red card in the 81st minute after a foul outside the box.
And so changed Man City coach Pep Guardiola in the 88th minute Walker. “Xabier Mancisidor, our goalkeeping coach, suggested him because he's brave and fast,” Guardiola later explained. Walker grazed Bravo's jersey and held the due free kick in pursuit. He could not impress his teammate Raheem Sterling. “Sorry, that was just too funny, brother,” Sterling wrote on Twitter, adding, “(I still would not let you hold my baby.)”
The English champion missed his first chance to jump into the knockout rounds. Guardiola's team dropped points in Group C for the first time in their competition and can theoretically be intercepted by their pursuers Dinamo Zagreb and Shakhtar Donetsk, who drew 3: 3 (1: 1) away.
Manchester made their way to the Round of 16 on their way to the top of the field after being led by Raheem Sterling (7th), before Gabriel Jesus missed the penalty spot (43rd minute) and Mario Pasalic (49th) hit the Italians' equalizer.
In Germany too, a field player had to guard the goal last week. In the DFB Cup match in Kaiserslautern the Nuremberg field player Enrico Valentini had to replace the injured goalkeeper Patric Klandt in the 116th minute of extra time. However, the defensive specialist was unable to prevent the breakaway on penalties.
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