When Goalkeepers star on debut


Even as an ardent football fan, you'd be forgiven for not having kept tabs on the goings on between Rubin Kazan and Olympiakos on Tuesday afternoon.

The first of the Europa League last 32 ties this week saw the Greek champions take a valuable one-goal lead into the second leg with David Fuster scotching decisively

However, it was only after Fuster broke the deadline that all hell broke loose. A minute later Gokdeniz Karadeniz went clean through, only to be poleaxed by goalkeeper Balazs Megyeri.

Megyeri was dismissed, and a penalty awarded as Olympiakos began to contemplate losing their lead as quickly as they'd earned it. Enter Roy Carroll.

One of Sir Alex Ferguson's failed attempts at replacing Peter Schmeichel, Carroll had endured a torrid time since leave Old Trafford, jumping from pillar (West Ham United) to post (OFI Crete) before landing with Ernesto Valverde's side in January.

Making his first appearance for the club, Carroll saved Bebras Natcho's resulting spot kick, his first touch of his career at Olympiakos as they hung on for the victory.

GMF takes a look at other goalkeepers who made a name for themselves on their debuts.

Massimo Taibi
Liverpool 2-3 Manchester United
September 11, 1999

Prior to the Italian's infamous error against Southampton, Taibi begun his career at Old Trafford in stunning circumstances. Constantly perplexed by crosses, as Sami Hyypia can vouch for as he headed Liverpool back into the game, before stunning saves from Robbie Fowler and Vladimir Smicer earned him the man-of-the-match award.

Richard Wright
Malta 1-2 England
June 3, 2000

In England last warm-up game prior to Euro 2000, Kevin Keegan opted to blood the Ipswich Town stopper. The 22-year-old conceded two penalties, one of which he saved, scored an own goal and was booked. An eventful debut as England scrapped to a victory.

Joe Murphy
Liverpool 2-0 West Bromwich Albion
September 21, 2002

Murphy was making his first appearance in West Brom's squad, and was quickly thrown into the action following Russell Hoult's dismissal. Murphy's first touch as a Baggies player was to save Michael Owen's penalty, only for him to concede two goals as The Reds cruised.

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