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Dirty Tackle

Real Sociedad keeper learns to always be aware of who’s behind him

Brooks Peck
Dirty Tackle

Tuesday was not a good day for Real Sociedad goalkeeper Enaut Zubikarai. Squandering a 2-0 advantage from the first leg of their Copa del Rey round of 16 tie against Mallorca by allowing six goals in the first hour of the second leg is enough to ruin any keeper's day, but Mallorca's fourth goal of the day -- the one that gave them an aggregate lead they would not give back -- was one that could spark a lifetime of paranoia for Zubikarai.

After collecting the ball right on the endline, Zubikarai slows things down and casually tosses the ball in front of himself and as soon as he glances over his shoulder, Mallorca's Gonzalo Castro comes darting out from behind him, swipes the ball and shoots it into the empty net from the edge of the box for his second goal and his team's fourth in six minutes. Yes, four goals in six minutes.

Making the whole thing worse is the fact that Real Sociedad actually opened the scoring in the 16th minute, giving them a 3-0 lead on aggregate before allowing those six unanswered goals that knocked them out of the competition.

This was only the fourth match of the season that 27-year-old Zubikarai has played in (all of which have been in the Copa del Rey) and it might be a while before he plays four more.

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