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From Zero To Hero To Zero Again - Crazy Night For Young Benfica 'Keeper

Arthur James O'Dea
By Arthur James O'Dea
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A lot was made of the fact that Benfica's Mile Svilar became the Champions League youngest goalkeeper when the Portuguese side met Manchester United earlier this month.

Looking not much more than his 18 years, there was something precocious about the young man who has since declared his intention to play his international football for Serbia.

With everything seemingly going reasonably well in Lisbon on his Champions League debut, Benfica held United at 0-0 without ever looking in too much danger.

Then, this happened.

When he arrived at Old Trafford tonight for the reverse fixture against United, he surely must have been confident that the worst was behind him?

Sure enough, when Anthony Martial won an early penalty for United tonight in the return leg, Svilar had a shot at redemption - and he surely delivered.


So, one goal that was unquestionably his fault and a saved penalty. All sorted surely?


Not quite.

With half-time excruciatingly close, Svilar's potential international teammate Nemanja Matic hit something of a speculative effort from the edge of the box.

Hit low and hard, Svilar looked to have it covered. Veering ever so slightly to the right, the Benfica man was so cruelly undone...again.



What shocking luck for the 18 year old.

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