It is indeed a rare sight on the football pitch but it all adds to why the sport is happens to be such a celebrated one. For all the drama and lucrative contracts offered to the best forwards of the world, such is the nature of the game that when a goalkeeper, who is not even in the team to score a goal, finds the back of the net, it gives immense joy and pleasure to the team and the fans.
Moreover, such goals often turn out to be the deciding factor in the match, which adds to the zeal and when it comes from someone fans least expect to, the emotion is hard to explain. Over the years, the goalkeepers have managed to provide some great sights of the sport that the world loves so much, and while most of these visuals have come while saving goals between the poles, some of them also have been when the man with the gloves scores for their team.
5. Mart Poom vs Derby
It is such an irony that Mart Poom's name features in this list. While Poom had become a household name while playing for Derby and was even adjudged the Player of the Year for the 1999-2000 season, much to the disappointment of Derby supporters, the Estonian goalkeeper scored a superb goal, through a speedy header which secured an equaliser for Sunderland in this encounter from the 2003-04 season.
4. Ali Ahamada vs Rennes
If a goal from a goalkeeper wasn't dramatic enough, add to that a 95th-minute score from Ahamada. The Toulouse goalie's yet another dramatic equaliser with the back of his head against Rennes did not leave much to do for Javier Hernandez who was stunned by the goal himself.
3. Peter Schmeichel vs Rotor Volgograd
Widely regarded as one of the best goalkeepers to have ever featured in the Premier League, Peter Schmeichel’s header for English giants Manchester United against Rotor Volgograd in the UEFA Cup has to be on the list. The 6 ft 3-inch tall shot-stopper netted one in the final minutes of the game to tie the match 2–2. However, the Red Devils were knocked out owing to the away goal rule.
2. Oscarine Masuluke vs Orlando Pirates
The bicycle kick from South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke was enough for his Premiership side Baroka a draw against Orlando Pirates in this encounter. This was also one of those rare moments which earned a goalkeeper a Puskas nomination which was eventually given to Oliver Giroud who ought to be scoring goals.
1. Allison Becker vs West Brom
It could perhaps be a recency bias but with Liverpool’s hope of securing a Champions League berth hanging on the narrowest of margins, Alisson decided to come up for a corner against West Brom with the scores tied at 1-1 in the 94th minute of the match. As one would imagine, he was left unmarked in the box but the Brazilian made them pay big time as he scored to register a win.