In recent times, some goalkeepers have become great allies of the Real Madrid in Europe. This Tuesday, Atalanta goalkeeper Marco Sportiello, paved the way for the white team to the quarterfinals of the Champions with a blunder, something that others did in this tournament such as the Germans Loris Karius or Sven Ulreich.
The Real Madrid took the lead this Tuesday on the scoreboard in the 34th minute of the first half against the Atalanta, in the round of 16, thanks to a sportiello gift which ended up being decisive. A failed clearance by the tall Italian goalkeeper, 28 years old and 1.92 m. of stature, he took advantage of it with cunning Luka modric, to serve the goal on a tray to Karim Benzema.
Sportiello, who wears the number ’57’, has played 19 games this season in all competitions with the Atalanta and only on three occasions did he manage to keep a clean sheet (in two Serie A games and one in the Champions League).
The Italian goalkeeper emulated other goalkeepers such as Karius or Ulreich, protagonists of other large errors that decisive results for the Real Madrid will end up conquering ‘Orejona’ in 2018.
In the semifinals, Ulreich, who played due to the injury of the titleholder Manuel Neuer, signed a ‘cantada’ for the story in the Santiago Bernabeu that cost him the tie and the pass to the final of the Champions to the German team. Today’s goalkeeper Hamburg he made a mess after a compromised pass from Corentin Tolisso and left the goal on a tray to Benzema at the start of the second half.
In the end that the Real Madrid beat the Liverpool in Kiev, the blond Loris Karius, currently in the ranks of the Union Berlin, lived another night of unfortunate memory for the team of the city of the Beatles. First he gave a little to Benzema to break the tie at zero and then swallowed a focused shot from Bale, the white hero of that final entering from the bench. The German goalkeeper slipped the ball from his hands and was portrayed. His calamitous performance condemned the whole ‘red’ and it marked a before and after in his career.