What happens when your goalkeeper gets a red card and you don’t have any subs left? One the the most entertaining events in soccer: a field player hops in goal.
When Espanyol keeper Kiko Casilla was sent off against Barcelona in the 83rd minute, Javi Lopez stepped up to the challenge. He probably felt guilty for the penalty kick he gave up earlier in the match that gave Barcelona a 1-0 lead, and decided to take one for the team. Literally.
Usually, this field-player-in-goal scenario goes one of two ways.
1) Hilariously awful goalkeeping
2) Incredible save by someone who has no business doing it
Today, Lopez did the latter.
Cat-like reflexes. But, while Lopez’s impressive goalkeeping skills kept Barcelona from striking again, 10-man Espanyol couldn’t find the equalizer. Still, he can add this gem to his highlight reel.