Goalkeeper Scores Dramatic 104th Minute Equaliser To Leave Andres Iniesta And Lukas Podolski Shell-Shocked
The football world absolutely loves it when a goalkeeper scores. Jimmy Glass and Peter Schmeichel both famously bagged memorable goals, while Paraguay shot-stopper Jose Luis Chilavert was prolific, bagging nearly 60 goals throughout his career including a sensational hat-trick.
The latest goalkeeper to join this elite party is Yuji Rokutan who remarkably headed home a dramatic equaliser in the 14th minute, yes 14th, of injury time as his J-League team Shimizu S-Pulse snatched a stunning last-gasp 3-3 draw against a star-studded Vissel Kobe side, which had Andres Iniesta and Lukas Podolski in their ranks.
Iniesta, Podolski and co appeared to be cruising to a 3-1 victory with only a few minutes of normal time left on the clock. However, the hosts pulled a goal back in the 87th minute to set up an enthralling finish.
But, an early injury meant there was still a dollop of stoppage time added on, and then with the game coming to a close Shimizu S-Pulse won a corner in the 104th minute.
Rokutan’s decision to venture up for the set-piece worked wonders as he expertly guided a header into the back of the night, sparking scenes of jubilation from the home support, while the keeper himself casually strolled back to his penalty box - check it out for yourself in the video below!
It also just so happened to be the latest ever goal scored in the history of Japanese football.
The drama wasn’t over though as there was still room for the second yellow card of the game as Vissel Kobe were reduced to nine men, while tempers flared in the form of a touchline brawl.
Shimizu goalkeeper Yuji Rokutan pops up in the 14th (FOURTEENTH) minute of stoppage time to head in the equalising goal against Iniesta and Podolski's Vissel Kobe.