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Last-gasp heroics, 65-yard screamers & bicycle kicks - some of the great goals from keepers
The answer is no. An honourable mention goes to outfield players going in goal (but that’s an article for another day).
Friday is the 21st anniversary of one of football’s fairytale moments - Jimmy Glass’s strike which kept Carlisle in the Football League.
In his honour BBC Sport has looked at 10 memorable goalkeeper goals.
Glass saves Carlisle
One of the Football League’s all-time great moments. Carlisle, on the final day of the 1998-99 season, were facing relegation from the Football League unless they could find an injury-time winner against Plymouth. Jimmy Glass, making his third appearance of a loan spell from Swindon, went up for a corner and with the last kick of the game volleyed home a winner, which kept Carlisle in the league and relegated Scarborough instead. That was the peak of his career and he retired at the age of 27 before going on to work in IT and as a taxi driver. “It is quite difficult to understand your place in life from being this guy who will never be forgotten to being the guy worrying about your next bill,” he told BBC Sport in a 2013 interview.
Brignoli earns Benevento first point
Benevento won back-to-back promotions from Serie C to Serie A but then lost their opening 14 games in 2017 - the worst start to a season by any team in Europe’s top five leagues. That all changed when goalkeeper Alberto Brignoli came forward in the 95th minute of their game against Milan on 3 December 2017 and headed in the equaliser. “A knife wound would have been less painful than that goal,” said Gennaro Gattuso, who was in his first match as Milan boss. Read more from James Horncastle on Brignoli’s goal.
A bicycle kick!
he best goal on this list. Maybe the best goal a goalkeeper has ever scored. Baroka goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke struck an unbelievable bicycle kick from the edge of the box in injury time to rescue his side a point against Orlando Pirates in the South African Premiership in November 2016. It finished second - behind Olivier Giroud - in the 2017 Fifa Puskas Award.
Chilavert from his own half
Jose Luis Chilavert scored a remarkable 67 goals - penalties and free-kicks - in his career, including eight international strikes for Paraguay and a hat-trick of penalties in an Argentine league game. We’ve got to pick one here - so let’s go for his 65-yard free-kick for Velez Sarsfield against River Plate in March 1996 after spotting the keeper off his line. If, say, Nick Pope scored it, you would wonder if he really meant it - but there is no doubt Chilavert did. He was a very colourful character and Colombia and Newcastle icon Tino Asprilla once had to persuade a hitman not to kill him.
Apologies to Rogerio Ceni, who scored 131 goals for Sao Paolo but not one special enough strike to make it onto your list.
Mweene scores at Afcon 2013
A very rare example of a goalkeeper scoring in a major tournament - and the only penalty on our list. Zambia were set to lose their 2013 Africa Cup of Nations group game to Nigeria when they won a late penalty. Kennedy Mweene came forward and placed his kick in the top corner. He had also scored in the shootout in the previous year’s final.