Playing goalkeeper is hard. Your reflexes have to be pinpoint-sharp. Quite often, some of the most skilled and athletic players on teams are actually the keepers themselves.
You would not know that from watching two of Saturday’s most howler-ific highlights.
The goalkeeper will want this one back 😬 pic.twitter.com/t6LOGmSdN6
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) March 30, 2019
It was the opening goal of LAFC’s 5-0 victory, so even if Vega had played it well, at least it didn’t outright cost the Quakes the game.
The same can’t be said for AC Milan’s Gianluigi Donnarumma, the 20-year-old assumptive heir to Gianluigi Buffon as Italy’s No. 1 goalkeeper.
Donnarumma’s sloppy pass hit the feet of Sampdoria’s Gregoire Defrel, and the fortunate deflection tucked itself back into the net:
One of the worst goalkeeper howlers you will ever see from Gianluigi Donnarumma. 🤦♂️
The AC Milan star basically handed over a goal after just 40 SECONDS. pic.twitter.com/mmfAsHljle
— FOX Sports Football (@FOXFOOTBALL) March 30, 2019
The goal came inside of a minute. A Sampdoria victory – 1-0 at that – came 90 minutes later.
Milan is clinging to the fourth and final Champions League spot in Serie A, and it can’t afford mistakes like Donnarumma made.
Vega and Donnarumma may have never met, but they can toast to each other’s woes on this day.
Joey Gulino is the editor of Yahoo Soccer and moonlights as a writer. Follow him on Twitter at @JGulinoYahoo.
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