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.

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.

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.

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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