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The Sporting Goalkeeper Had A Complete Disasterclass v Marseille

The Sporting Goalkeeper Had A Complete Disasterclass v Marseille
By Oisin Gaffey
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Sporting Lisbon's goalkeeper Antonio Adan has made headlines for all the wrong reasons after last night's 4-1 defeat to Marseille in the Champions League. The Portuguese side headed into Tuesday's match with 6 points after wins over Frankfurt and Tottenham, but were put aside rather emphatically by the French side.

In a match that was played behind closed doors, Sporting found themselves 1-0 up after just 50 seconds played through a superb strike on the edge of the box from Francisco Trincao. From then however, it was all down hill for the visitors.

Sporting goalkeeper makes two costly errors

In the 13th minute, the Sporting goalkeeper received a back pass from his defender and was under no immediate pressure; his defenders had made themselves available for a pass. Adan however, looked to launch the ball up the field, but took too long to execute the pass. By the time he shaped to clear, Alexis Sanchez had stuck out a leg and blocked the goalkeeper's pass and the ball was in the back of the net. 1-1.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=03jLSmq1mzE

(jump to 34 seconds to see Sanchez's goal)

Just 3 minutes later, Sporting found themselves 2-1 down after a poor clearance from Adan gifted Marseille a golden opportunity, which they converted excellently. Opting to send the ball 'long', Adan's pass travelled just 30 yards and landed at the feet of Marseille's Matteo Guendouzi. Within a few passes, Klaus whipped the ball into the box where it was met by the head of Amine Harit. The Sporting goalkeeper was horrendously out of position, leaving a huge space at the near post for the Marseille midfielder to aim at.

Two costly errors in such a short space of time swung momentum in Marseille's favour.

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Red card for Sporting keeper Antonio Adan

Things went from bad to worse Spaniard as he was awarded a red card in the 22nd minute for handling the ball outside the box and denying a goal scoring opportunity.

A long ball over the top of the sporting defence bounced awkwardly for Adan who had come to claim the ball.  In no man's land, the sporting goalkeeper stuck out an arm to block the header from Nuno Tavarez, whilst also clattering his own defender. The header was deemed to be goal bound were it not for the hands of Adan, who was therefore dismissed with a straight red card.

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Commentator Guy Mowbray summed up Antonio Adan's night perfectly, saying:

'Antionio Adan has had the worst night of his Champions League career'

Online reaction 

Many have taken to Twitter to describe Adan's performance last night as one of the worst performances in Champions League history, and it's hard to disagree. His errors proved costly for his team, who never recovered and went on to lose the match 4-1.

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It will certainly be a night to forget for the Sporting goalkeeper, who's performance is being widely referred to as a 'disasterclass'.

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