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Stoke ‘keeper Asmir Begovic refuses to celebrate despite scoring stunning goal

Nov 2, 2013, 2:32 PM EDT

After just 12 seconds of Stoke City’s 1-1 draw with Southampton on Saturday, there was utter delirium inside the Britannia Stadium.

Stoke’s goalkeeper Asmir Begovic had scored.

From the kick off Saints gave the ball away, and as Stoke knocked the ball back to Begovic he struck a booming clearance forward. That clearance turned into the opening goal, as Saints defenders Jose Fonte and Dejan Lovren let the ball bounce through to Polish’ goalkeeper Artur Boruc… or so they thought.  But the ball bounced off the surface and zipped up over Boruc’s head and into the net.

Despite his incredible achievement of scoring from almost 100-yards away, Begovic was humble afterwards as he recalled the crazy moment.

“It’s a cool feeling but it is a fortunate incident,” Begovic said. “I feel bad for Artur Boruc when that happens but it’s a good point for us. Hopefully we can keep the confidence going. It does not make a goalkeeper look good and after it I did not want to celebrate against him. Hopefully I can get a couple more!”

(MORE: Stoke City 1-1 Southampton – Begovic’s crazy goal not enough for Potters)

The blustery conditions made it a tricky afternoon for both ‘keepers, and Begovic conceded that the wind played a massive part in his goal.

“We had to graft one out in the end with the conditions,” Begovic said. “It’s the worst conditions you can play in. The wet you can deal with but the wind makes it difficult. You don’t know where the ball is going to go.”

As for the man on the receiving end of Begovic’s freak goal, Southampton ‘keeper Boruc would rather forget all about it.

“I don’t want to remember it anymore,” Boruc said. “I blame the wind for that. I’m really sorry for my team-mates and our supporters but what can I say? What happens, happens and I need to bounce back. I promise to get those two points back.These kinds of things happen to goalkeepers. It has happened before and will happen again. That’s the life of being a goalkeeper, it is not always beautiful. I look forward to the next game.”

  1. dfstell - Nov 2, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    I can totally understand not celebrating because I’m sure that has happened to Begovic himself at some point in his career. It happens to all goalkeepers and you feel like a total moron when the ball that you thought would bounce up 4-5 feet instead bounds way over your head and toward the goal……then there is the ungainly scramble back to try to keep it out. I had this happen to me last spring and I managed to chase after it, desperately swatted it onto the post and then fell on the rebound….All of this without an opposing player within 20 yards…..teammates looking at you like your an idiot…..

    There is no play that better illustrates what makes life different for goalkeepers. Field players misjudge balls all the time, but when a GK does it is probably results in a goal or at least a comedy GIF on the internet. :)

    • andyboda - Nov 2, 2013 at 7:38 PM

      Tim Howard showed the same class when he scored in the same fashion for Everton, refusing to take praise for what was, at best, a freak accident.

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