Usually when a goalie scores a goal it is either because they are a free-kick or penalty specialist, the goal was a complete fluke, or alternatively it’s one of the those last-minute throws of the dice by a team desperately looking to score in the dying seconds.
Last weekend in Israel, however, a brilliant last minute winner was scored by Hapoel Be’er Sheva’s 35-year-old Croatian keeper Tvrtko Kale as his side simply tried to win a not-so-important match with Hapoel Acco.
With Be’er Sheva sitting comfortable in a mid-table in the Israeli Ligat ha’Al, the hosts had little pressure on them in the 94th minute on Saturday when they were locked in a 2-all draw. Nevertheless the hosts decided to go for broke and, after winning a late late corner, they threw their number one into the mixer.
As if practiced daily on the training ground, David Revivo appeared to delay his corner just long enough for Kale to race into the near post unmarked and, with the cross perfectly floated in his direction, Kale stooped like a pro and head in the 3-2 winner.
Tvrtko Kale’s match-winning goal can be seen here.