They say that every goalkeeper truly believes they have what it takes to cut it out on pitch. In truth it must get pretty frustrating watching your teammates falter and fail from the goalmouth, when all you can do is prevent goals going in.
'Keepers on the attack
Modern day football has birthed the rise of men between the sticks not content with just shot-stopping and barking orders at their back-line, probably as a result of the heightened importance of them getting in the thick of it at any opportunity - see Manuel Neuer.
Yet whilst a 6ft 5in German sprinting out of his goal in order to win a header on the halfway line usually does it’s job in warding attackers off, it’s slightly more unusual to see ‘keepers grabbing the plaudits for playing the role of striker themselves.
Manchester United’s famous ex-no.1 Peter Schmeichel is arguably the most obvious example of a stopper-turned-goalscorer, but he’s far from the only one.
The lower echelons of Italian football have thrown up the latest viral video sure to be of interest to those who have a soft spot for ‘keepers scoring goals, and it’s safe to say it will go down as the best goal the player in question has - and most likely will - ever score.
The scene is Gubbio vs Grosseto, not the most mouth-watering of ties we’ll admit, in the Italian fourth tier, and Grosseto have scored a goal two minutes from time to all but ensure that they take the three points home.
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Then up steps our protagonist, Antony Iannarilli, who is thrown forward from his position in goal to contest a corner at the other end of the pitch in the dying moments of the match.
As luck would have it - and Lady Luck was very much casting an embracing arm around Gubbio on this day - it was he who rose higher than anyone else to nod home a near-post corner with all the panache of a towering centre-back.
Fair play to you Antony, you’ve earned your status as Gubbio’s hero for this week.
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