Premier League: Goalscoring goalkeepers

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In football, there are few sights more exciting than when a goalkeeper is granted permission to go up for a late corner.

Of course they rarely even touch the ball let alone score, but they always cause panic and uncertainty amongst opposition defenders.

Since the Premier League started, though, four goalkeepers have hit the back of the net - two as a result of going up for a corner, and the other two from long punts upfield.

So, let's look back at these all-too rare moments - and keep our fingers crossed that another goalkeeper gets himself on the scoresheet this season.

Peter Schmeichel | Everton 3-2 Aston Villa | October 2001

Peter Schmeichel, arguably the Premier League's best ever goalkeeper, had already scored a goal for Manchester United before this late strike against Everton in October 2001.

The Denmark international struck in a European tie against Rotor Volgograd back in 1995 - and scored his first Premier League goal six years later for the Villains.

Lurking at the back post, Schmeichel volleyed home in style before cooly sprinting back to his goal. Sadly, though, it proved little more than a consolation for Villa.

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Brad Friedel | Charlton 3-2 Blackburn | February 2004

Brad Friedel may have already been about 50-years old at this stage in his career, but the USA veteran showed quick reactions to tuck the ball home from the edge of the six-yard box and earn Blackburn an unlikely draw at the death.

Or so he and Rovers thought.

In a cruel twist of fate, Claus Jensen scored even later in stoppage time to earn Charlton all three points.

Who'd be a goalkeeper, eh?

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Paul Robinson | Tottenham 3-1 Watford | March 2007

OK, so goalkeeper goals from punts upfield aren't quite as glorious as a dramatic late equaliser from inside the box, but they still count.

Back in March 2007, Paul Robinson embarrassed his England team-mate Ben Foster with a free-kick from deep inside his own box, which took a bounce before nestling into the back of the net.

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Tim Howard | Everton 1-2 Bolton | January 2012

No Premier League player has ever scored from further out than Tim Howard, whose wind-assisted strike sailed over Adam Bogdan in the Bolton goal in January 2012.

Howard didn't celebrate, though. He knew exactly how Bogdan was feeling.

Back in 2006, the USA international conceded from an opposition goalkeeper in a Manchester United reserve match.

"I was delighted that we were in the lead and would hopefully go on to get three points, but it's not a nice feeling for a keeper," Howard said afterwards. "It's really awful actually."

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