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WATCH: Kyle Walker dons gloves, Gabriel Jesus misses penalty against Atalanta

From Kyle Walker coming on to save the day to Gabriel Jesus dragging a tame effort from the penalty spot, Manchester City's draw against Atalanta had it all.

By: Sports Desk | Updated: November 7, 2019 12:58:25 pm
Kyle Walker in action after coming on as a substitute goalkeeper. (Source: Reuters)

Dropping points for the first time in the UEFA Champions League, Manchester City drew 1-1 against Atalanta at San Siro on Wednesday after a myriad of events that unfolded to befound a football fan — from Gabriel Jesus having a shocker from 12 yards to Kyle Walker playing as a goalkeeper for the away side.

After first-team goalkeeper Ederson substituted at half-time because of an injury, Claudio Bravo had to fill in the spot for Manchester City in the second half. But that only lasted till the 81st minute, as he was sent-off for a last-man foul on Josip Ilicic.

Walker had to come off the bench to save the day for Pep Guardiola’s side for about 10 minutes, wearing Claudio Bravo’s goalkeeping shirt. Riyad Mahrez was the one who got substituted on the 88th minute.

The wingback’s first action was to save the resulting free-kick of Hans Hateboer, although, he did spill it onto the ground before scooping up the ball.

“I try and sometimes (wind up) the other keepers in training, telling them to catch it,” Walker said. “But as I found tonight, sometimes you do have to take two touches.”

Although he didn’t have much more to do as City managed to see out the final minutes, Twitter had a field day with the goalkeeping choice.


Earlier, after Raheem Sterling had put the English champions in front in the seventh minute, Gabriel Jesus had a day to forget from the spot.

Manchester City was awarded a penalty shortly before halftime but VAR showed that Rafael Toloi’s shirt tug on Sterling was outside the box and a free-kick was given instead.

However, the resulting free-kick then hit Ilicic’s hand in the wall and, after reviewing it on the pitch-side monitor, referee Aleksei Kulbakov awarded a penalty. But Jesus hit a tame effort wide of the right post, dragging it with his right foot.

Later Mario Pasalic made sure to make the Brazilian rue his miss as he equalised four minutes into the second-half for Atalanta.

Manchester City remained top of Group C and five points clear after Shakhtar Donetsk scored two late goals to draw 3-3 at Dinamo Zagreb.

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