Egyptian goalkeeper goes viral for incredible save after heading the ball clear

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Goalkeepers are among the most underappreciated players on a football pitch.

It's usually the strikers who steal headlines for the goals they score because, ultimately, that's what wins games.

Midfielders then arguably receive the second-most amount of positive press, followed by defenders and finally goalkeepers.

But every now and then, a goalkeeper produces a performance or moment so incredible that it's simply impossible to ignore.

Egyptian goalkeeper Mahmoud Gad has gone viral for rushing out of goal to clear the ball with a diving header before sprinting back to make a last-ditch save.

In the video below, after Gad heads the ball away, an opposition player volleys it straight back towards goal and it looks like it's looping in.

But the 22-year-old manages to get back in time to dive and palm the ball over courtesy of the crossbar. His reaction afterwards says it all.

Eat your heart out, Joe Hart.

Back in 2008, during a game between Manchester City and Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium, Hart went up for a corner as City searched for a late equaliser.

Nothing came of it and United quickly went on counter attack, with Wayne Rooney shooting from 50 yards out at an open goal.

It was going in, but Hart sprinted the length of the pitch to save Rooney's effort at the very last second. Refresh your memory in the video below, or click HERE.

We're not saying Gad's save is better than Hart's - he didn't have to run the whole length of the pitch - but it's up there with one of the best in recent history.

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