Breaking down Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid defense has become one of the most difficult tasks in European football in recent years.
The Argentinian tactician is renowned for instilling discipline and an intense work ethic in his teams, and it’s fair to say that his hard work gleans results. Ahead of their clash with struggling Eibar on Thursday, Atleti had conceded just six goals in their 16 La Liga appearances this season.
Only one Spanish top-flight team had scored less than Eibar’s 15 before the clash, so you’d be forgiven for assuming the league leaders would keep a clean sheet when they made it to the municipal stadium in Ipurua … but Eibar goalkeeper Marko Dmitrovic had other ideas.
The formation ranked 15th received a penalty with just over ten minutes of play, after a foul by Yoshinori Muto in the penalty area.
As colossal Jan Oblak waited on his line, Dmitrovic stepped forward from his own half before picking up the ball and placing it on the penalty spot. Clearly undeterred by the giant figure in front of him, there was even time for a wry grin as he spotted the ball, before getting up and walking home with incredible ease, sending Oblak the wrong way.
The Serbia international now has as many league goals this season as Eden Hazard and Chelsea’s £ 70million summer signing Kai Havertz.
The goal comes in what turns out to be a red letter week (if that’s a thing) for goalkeepers, after Newport County’s Tom King scored on a goal kick against Cheltenham on Tuesday night .
King’s goal has since been confirmed as the longest goal ever to be scored in a competitive football game, with the ex-England Under-17 international’s effort coming from 105 yards, although his effort failed was enough to give Newport the three points as Cheltenham. strike back to draw 1-1.