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Goalkeepers these days need to be good with the ball at their feet.
But Liverpool and Brazilian international goalkeeper Alisson Becker proved he is also good with his feet when the ball is languishing above the heads of the opposition.
Alisson was at the centre of the chaos, as tempers, passions, and legs spiralled out of control in Brazil’s World Cup qualifier against Ecuador.
A normally feisty encounter became an almighty battle as Emerson Royal of Brazil and Ecuador goalkeeper Alexander Dominguez were both given red cards in the first 15 minutes.
And Alisson appeared to be joining the duo for a very early shower after his ‘kung-fu kick’.
However, VAR jostled its way in and amongst the exploding chaos and, somewhat bizarrely, downgraded the former Roma shot-stopper’s punishment to a yellow card.
But the Brazilian goalkeeper’s full-blooded challenge was not even the worst tackle by a goalkeeper at the Atahualapa Olympic Stadium.
Dominguez flew into a challenge with his studs high in the air and clattered into the probably terrified Matheus Cunha.
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Even former Manchester City and Netherlands midfielder Nigel de Jong would have grimaced at the Ecuador goalkeeper’s outrageous challenge.
Fortunately, there was some football played in the first half as Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro opened the scoring in the sixth minute.
But the focus of the contest was on the chaos in the first half.
“Alisson telling the Brazil players to keep their heads and he was 5 yards outside the box clearing the ball with a Kung fu kick,” added one amused supporter.
“I’ve got to say, it’s impressive to see Allison’s leg so high” added another fan.
“How have Brazil and Alisson got away with this” said another fan who could not believe Alisson did not join Emerson on the naughty step.
Alisson was rescued for a second time in the third minute of stoppage time when he punched a bouncing ball clear but also caught an Ecuadorian attacker.
The referee once again gave a penalty and sent off the Brazil keeper, but VAR again intervened to cancel both decisions.
- World Cup
- Liverpool FC
- Premier League
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