FC Santa Coloma's Eloy Casals has joined Peter Schmeichel and Andrés Palop in becoming one of the UEFA competitions' No1 marksmen; UEFA.com celebrates a rare breed.
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It was the first European tie to conclude this season, but the denouement of FC Banants against FC Santa Coloma on Tuesday will take some beating for drama.
Upfield for a 94th-minute free-kick, the Andorran side's goalkeeper Eloy Casals seized on a loose ball and calmly fired past his opposite number to send his side through to the UEFA Champions League second qualifying round on away goals. The 31-year-old thus joins a select band of No1s to have scored in UEFA competition. UEFA.com looks at some of the others.
Ten-man Banants – leading 3-1 on the night, 3-2 overall – were seeing out the closing stages against Santa Coloma when, deep into added time, Casals capitalised on uncertainty caused by first-leg goalscorer Marc Pujol's set piece. "I just went forward to support my team-mates and didn't even think that I could score," said Casals. "From now on, I will think everything impossible is possible."
Palop's legendary status among Sevilla fans was sealed on 15 March 2007 when, with the UEFA Cup holders facing elimination at Shakhtar, he connected with a Daniel Alves corner four minutes into added time to take the tie into extra time. "Their defenders were marking all of our players so I was left on my own," Palop explained. "I started doing feinting movements like I'd seen my colleagues do in training and the ball just came to me. When I saw it I thought: 'This is a gift from God'."
Something of a spot kick specialist – he also saved 20 of the 62 he faced in his day job – Butt was equally proficient at the other end. The chosen penalty taker at both Hamburger SV and Bayer 04 Leverkusen, the goalkeeper scored 26 times in 387 Bundesliga games and was also on the mark in the UEFA Champions League. Remarkably, all three goals came against Juventus – in Hamburg's 4-4 draw in 2000, Leverkusen's 3-1 victory in the 2002 second group stage en route to the final and in a 4-1 group win for Bayern in Turin seven years later, helping the eventual runners-up book a place in the knockout rounds.
"Taking penalties also helped me save them," he said. "Good penalty takers wait for the keeper to make a move, so it is good to stand still as long as possible. A duel of keeper versus keeper is the absolute climax of penalty taking." Butt famously came unstuck in 2004, however, his prolonged celebrations after scoring for Leverkusen against FC Schalke 04 allowing Mike Hanke to score into an unguarded net.
The Dane was a regular goalscorer during his long career – including in a 2-2 friendly draw with Belgium in June 2000 – although only once did he find the net in Europe, rising to head in Ryan Giggs' right-wing corner in the 88th minute of Manchester United FC's UEFA Cup first round tie against SC Rotor Volgograd in September 1995. It salvaged a 2-2 draw, but United still bowed out on away goals.
Somewhat unusually, this goal was the first of the tie, the FC BATE Borisov goalkeeper clearing downfield 15 minutes into a home game against FC Dinamo Tbilisi in the UEFA Cup first qualifying round first leg back in July 2004. Aided by a wet pitch, his fearsome clearance bounced twice and over opposite number Irakli Zoidze to give BATE the lead – although the Belarusian side would go on to lose the match 3-2 and the tie 4-2 overall.
Another penalty-taking goalkeeper, Enyeama managed three league goals for Hapoel Tel-Aviv FC in 2008/09 and a further five the following year, when his spot kick also helped the Israeli club to a victory at FK Teplice in UEFA Europa League qualifying. In August 2010, Enyeama's early penalty set Hapoel on the way to victory against FC Salzburg in the UEFA Champions League play-offs, although there was a less successful outcome on matchday two that season when his late effort could not prevent a 3-1 home defeat by Olympique Lyonnais.
Amelia became the first Italian goalkeeper to score in UEFA club competition in November 2006 when his header two minutes from time gave AS Livorno Calcio a 1-1 draw at FK Partizan in the UEFA Cup group stage. "Nobody asked me to come forward," Amelia said. "I took that decision following my own instincts. There were a few team-mates telling me to stay in goal but I didn't care because I didn't want to lose. I decided to go into Partizan's penalty area and try to equalise."
Four minutes into added time in their concluding UEFA Champions League group stage game against AZ Alkmaar in December 2009 and with R. Standard de Liège needing a goal to qualify for the UEFA Europa League, keeper Bolat rose to meet an inswinging free-kick from Benjamin Nicaise with a commanding header that left opposite number Sergio Romero without a chance. Coach László Bölöni described it as: "A moment that will go into the club's history books."
Bolat was following in the footsteps of Standard predecessor Bodart, whose penalty against HNK Rijeka in the 1986/87 UEFA Cup first round ensured the Belgian club of a 1-1 second-leg draw that confirmed a 2-1 aggregate success.
Converted four European spot kicks for PFC Levski Sofia between 1999 and 2002: in both legs of a UEFA Champions League qualifier against F91 Dudelange in July 2000, a UEFA Cup first round tie against HNK Hajduk Split the previous year, and in a 1-1 draw at Brøndby IF in the 2002/03 UEFA Cup first round. Levski won all three ties.
Pletikosa's energetic, flailing limbs approach to goalkeeping earned him the nickname 'hobotnica' (octopus) at HNK Hadjuk Split but his all-action approach belied a cool head. He made no mistake dispatching a penalty against GÍ Gøta in UEFA Cup qualifying in 2002 and repeated the feat a fortnight later when the teams met for the second leg. He did not have much to do at the other end, however, Hajduk winning 11-0 on aggregate.
When the former Sweden goalkeeper headed in a last-gasp equaliser for Mjällby AIF against Häcken in 2010, the crowd was stunned but they need not have been – Asper had previous in this kind of thing. A decade earlier, playing for his beloved AIK, he registered a 28th-minute strike against FC Gomel in the UEFA Cup, the only goal of the game. It was a memorable parting shot, having agreed a switch to Real Sociedad de Fútbol and he admitted "it is hard to hold back the tears" on the eve of the game. A fortnight later he made his last appearance for the club – keeping a clean sheet – in the return.