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Fernando Muslera embarrasses Samuel Eto’o with dribble in the opposition’s half

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A goalkeeper dribbling past a striker is hardly uncommon.

But a goalkeeper dribbling past a striker in the opposition’s half of the pitch, miles out from his goal-line, most certainly is.

That’s precisely what happened this afternoon in the Turkish Super Lig clash between Galatasaray and Antalyaspor at the Turk Telekom Arena this afternoon.

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Antalyaspor, who currently sit bottom of the table in the Turkish top flight, were 1-0 up in the 35th minute - thanks to a shock 17th-minute goal from Deniz Kadah - when Fernando Muslera, the Galatasaray ‘keeper, came racing out of his goal.

Because the Uruguay international’s touch was heavy, he had little option but to chase and commit to a one-versus-one against none other than Samuel Eto’o.

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Video: Muslera dribbles past Eto'o

There could only be one winner, but it was Muslera who prevailed.

The 30-year-old shot-stopper won the race and confidently side-stepped around the experienced striker with a brilliant little drop of the shoulder.

Eto’o, who turned 35 in March, may have won the ball during his peak years but on this occasion Muslera made him look a little silly.

He should have continued his run!

The South American ‘keeper could have been forgiven if he wanted to continue his solo run - Rene Higuita style - but he did the wise thing by offloading the ball to a teammate before sprinting off back towards his goal.

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The incident would no doubt have caused Gala manager Jan Olde Riekerink’s heart to skip a beat, but the home supporters absolutely loved it.

Galatasaray also went on to secure a 3-1 win thanks to Selcuk Inan's equaliser and a brace from former Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski.

Somewhere in Munich, meanwhile, a certain Manuel Neuer was probably taking notes.


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