Sub goalkeeper saves THREE penalties in shootout before scoring winner

Ajax goalkeeper Daan Reiziger saves THREE penalties before scoring the winner after being brought on in 93rd minute for shootout in UEFA Youth League victory against Atletico Madrid

  • Daan Reiziger enjoyed a remarkable cameo appearance in UEFA Youth League
  • He played an instrumental role as Ajax reached the quarter finals of competition
  • The goalkeeper was brought on as a substitute in the 93rd minute vs Atletico
  • Reiziger saved three penalties before scoring the winner as Ajax triumphed

We have witnessed some brilliant cameo appearances down the years, but can you name a better super-sub than Ajax youth team goalkeeper Daan Reiziger?

With Ajax locked at 0-0 against Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Youth League and with the contest heading to a penalty shootout, the Eredivisie youth side opted for a late change that would end up making all the difference.

Manager John Heitinga substituted Reiziger on in the 93rd minute just for the penalty shootout and it more than paid off as his heroics sent Ajax through to the quarter finals of the competition.

Ajax goalkeeper Daan Reiziger saves a penalty during the shootout victory vs Atletico Madrid

Reiziger saves to his left as his heroics sent Ajax through to UEFA Youth League quarter finals

Reiziger ended up remarkably saving three penalties before scoring the winner with an emphatic finish into the top right corner as the club’s chief executive Edwin van der Sar watched on alongside Daley Blind and Donny van de Beek.

And the man of the moment savoured the special occasion by imitating Cristiano Ronaldo’s iconic celebration before his team-mates mobbed him following their 6-5 shootout victory. 

Ajax clearly took a leaf out of Holland’s book following Tim Krul’s match-winning heroics at the 2014 World Cup against Costa Rica.

The goalkeeper then steps up and scores the winning penalty in the tense shootout

He fires the ball emphatically into the top corner past his counterpart in the Youth League

Then Holland coach Louis van Gaal took the unusual step of replacing Jasper Cillessen with another goalkeeper, Krul, as they were approaching penalties in the quarter final.

And it couldn’t have worked out any better as Krul saved two spot-kicks as Holland went on to win 4-3 on penalties.

Ajax will now face the winner of Red Star Belgrade or FC Midtjylland in the quarter finals in two weeks time. 

The 18-year-old is mobbed by his Ajax team-mates following his heroics against Atletico 

The Ajax youth team jump on their match-winning team-mate on Tuesday afternoon

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