Diouf’s Hatayspor side took on Eyupspor in the fourth round stage of the competition.
The Senegalese international entered the fray from the bench on 62 minutes, with his side losing the game 1-0. With Diouf on the pitch, Hatayspor managed to equalise on 74 minutes. What happened next was absolutely remarkable.
How Mame Biram Diouf ended up in goal
Hatayspor were heading into extra time on the back foot. They enjoyed the jubilation of a late equaliser, but then suffered despair when goalkeeper Abdullah Yigiter was shown a straight red card in the 94th minute of the game.
With the Turkish side having used all five substitutions, that meant the moment every club dreads – putting an outfield player in goal.
Diouf, who stands at 6ft 1in and is known for his aerial prowess, was chosen to go between the sticks for the final minutes.
There was some relief when the game ended. Hatayspor were able to use their sixth substitution at the beginning of extra time to allow reserve goalkeeper Yavuz Bugra Boyar to enter the action.
Much of the extra time period went by without incident. Then, incredibly, Boyar was sent off in the 121st minute. Enter Diouf – now on a yellow card – once again to go in goal. This time around, he was preparing for a penalty shootout.
Diouf the hero
If all that wasn’t enough responsibility, the striker turned goalkeeper stepped up himself to take Hatayspor’s first penalty kick. He scored, then returned to his position between the sticks as Gokcan Kaya missed his spot-kick for the opposition.
Then came the moment Diouf had been waiting for. With the scores at 5-4, Eyupspor midfielder Enes Keskin needed to net his penalty in order to continue the shootout.
The 20-year-old smashed his effort against the post. Somehow, nine-man Hatayspor, with a centre forward in goal, had made it through to the next round of the Turkish Cup.
The club’s official Twitter account fittingly marked Diouf’s contribution.
What an evening.
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