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22 Nov 2012
For the third time on this century Deportivo had to improvise with a field player performing at the goal after the starting goalie was sent off. Álex Bergantiños spent 21 minutes at the goal, more time than Donato and Juan Rodriguez.

On Sunday Álex Bergantiños became into the third field player at Deportivo that in the 2000’s has to perform as a goalkeeper after the starting goalie is sending off. It happened in the home clash against Levante UD, coach José Luis Oltra had to make two early changes as Carlos Marchena and Ze Castro picked injuries that forced them to leave the pitch before the 15-minute mark. They were replaced by Aythami Artiles and Abel Aguilar.

In the second half, as Deportivo were losing the game, Oltra ordered the third substitution and Rodolfo Bodipo replaced Juan Dominguez, and only eight minutes later Daniel Aranzubia was sent off with two yellow cards after committing a foul over Obafemi Martins when the striker was outside the area.

Without more substitutions, Álex was the chosen one and defended the goal for the final 21 minutes. It’s the largest period of time in which a field player had to defend a goal in a liga game during this century. Still, Levante didn’t give too many troubles, though José Javier Barkero was going to score in the lonely shot on target made with the midfielder under the three posts.

Álex Bergantiños trying to stop the shot of Barkero (2012/13)

The previous two opportunities in which a field player had to defend the goal were very similar to Sunday’s case. On the season 2000/01 (Feb 25, 2001) Depor were visiting Real Oviedo at the Carlos Tartieri stadium as part of matchday 35 in la liga. Irureta’s team had a comfortable 3-1 advantage thanks to a hat-trick scored by Diego Tristán (70’), but later Paunovic pulled a goal and five minutes before the final whistle José Francisco Molina was sent off with two yellow cards.

Irureta had already ordered the three substitutions as Emerson, Scaloni and Hélder replaced Mauro Silva, Tristán and Valerón. So, Donato Gama Da Silva was forced to cover the goal for the final five minutes plus the stoppage time. Despite it was for less minutes, the Brazilian had more work to do compared to Álex as he had to make a couple of saves. Depor ended winning the game 2-3.

Donato defending a corner-kick in the game Vs. Real Oviedo (2000-01)

It was a similar situation, but with a different outcome, to what occurred on the season 2008/09. Depor were visiting FC Barcelona as part of matchday 19 in la liga (Jan 17, 2009) and with Miguel Ángel Lotina on board. The Galicians were already losing 4-0 thanks to the brace of Thierry Henry, plus goals of Lionel Messi and Samuel Eto’o.

Then, at minute 83, Daniel Aranzubia fouled Puyol inside the area and he was sent off by referee Rodriguez Santiago. Lotina had already ordered the three substitutions as Lafita replaced an injured Guardado during the first half, while in the second De Guzmán and Riki entered for Cristian and Rodolfo Bodipo. This time midfielder Juan Rodriguez claimed the role of keeper and he couldn’t stop the goal of Eto’o that meant the final 5-0 in the scoresheet.

Aranzubia talking to Juan Rodriguez after been sent off (2008/09)

Samuel Eto’o embraces Juan Rodriguez after scoring from the penalty spot (2008/09)



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