Friday 22 June 2018

Romelu Lukaku was on hand to console the Champions League’s youngest goalie after his debut howler

The youngest goalkeeper in Champions League history won’t enjoy watching this one again.

Benfica goalkeeper Mile Svilar is consoled by Manchester United’s Romelu Lukaku after a Champions Leagu game
Benfica goalkeeper Mile Svilar is consoled by Manchester United’s Romelu Lukaku after a Champions Leagu game

By Max McLean

As Champions League debut starts go, Benfica goalkeeper Mile Svilar will not look back on his with fondness.

The stopper took his place in goal against Manchester United as the youngest goalkeeper in Champions League history, at barely 18 years of age.

And unfortunately for the Belgium under-19 goalkeeper, his inexperience told.

At 0-0 in the Group A fixture, a free kick whipped in by Marcus Rashford caught Svilar out – his attempts to catch the ball ended up with him carrying it over the line, giving United the lead, which they held on to.

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Benfica goalkeeper Mile Svilar concedes a goal in the Champions League against Manchester United

That’s in, by a Mile, as it were.

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Benfica goalkeeper Mile Svilar concedes a goal against Manchester United in the Champions League

It was a bizarre goal to concede, undoubtedly, but one which you might not be surprised to see a goalkeeper with so little experience involved in.

However, fellow Belgium footballer Romelu Lukaku was on hand to offer some words of encouragement for Svilar, who no doubt has a big future ahead of him regardless of his error.

A nice gesture from the United striker.

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