The start of Borussia Dortmund's Champions League campaign did not go very well at all. Manager Jurgen Klopp had a mental breakdown on the touchline and got sent off 29 minutes into the match against Napoli and goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller followed him down the tunnel just before halftime, forcing backup keeper Mitchell Langerak to make an unexpected Champions League debut.
In the 67th minute, with Napoli still up 1-0, the memorable evening took a disfiguring turn for the 25-year-old Australian keeper when Lorenzo Insigne scored with a perfect free kick. As Langerak dove to drive and make the save, he smashed his face into the post, chipping his two front teeth. He was able to continue since 10-man Dortmund's options were limited as they went on to lose 2-1, but after the match he shared a picture of his double Lloyd Christmas on Instagram.
"Off to get my 'teef' fixed! Pfosten 1 - Langerak 0," Langerak wrote on Thursday.
And that's how you make a Champions League debut.
This has been the Dirty Tackle of the Day: a chronicling of unfortunate events.
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