How Kyle Walker’s Man City team-mate’s reacted to his performance in goal
Even though the score was only 1-1, it was a wild night at the San Siro that was full of drama and ended with Kyle Walker in goal.
It looked as though it would be a routine victory as Man City took the lead with just six minutes on the clock in the Champions League group game with Atalanta, after Raheem Sterling finished off a lovely move.
The Blues continued to dominate the half and had lots of chances to extend their lead and Gabriel Jesus even missed a penalty but a victory looked to be the only result on the cards as the teams went in for half-time.
That’s when the problems emerged as Ederson had to be taken off for the second-half after picking up an injury, with Claudio Bravo replacing him.
Atalanta equalised just five minutes later and went on the hunt for a winner as City looked rattled.
Then with 10 minutes remaining the back-up goalkeeper saw red after Bravo stormed out of his goal and upended Josip Illicic as he went through on goal.
As a result an outfield player had to go in goal and it was Walker who got the call, being substituted on wearing Bravo’s shirt.
His first job was to save the resulting free-kick which he just about managed to do and he went on to keep a clean sheet as City escaped with a draw.
City stars have been thanking Walker for his efforts and it was Benjamin Mendy who led the praise.
“Yeah I think tonight was a very tough game, we know it before the game and how we fight until the end to not keep a score,” the Frenchman told BT Sport.
“I say again thank you Kyle because it’s very not easy to take this responsibility to be a goalkeeper and save the free-kick and it’s one game we’re going to remember it for when we go forward in the cup.”
The thoughts were echoed by fellow defender Joao Cancelo, who told Sky Sports: “It was a difficult moment, we needed someone to step up and Kyle did very well. After seeing the VAR, I think it’s impossible that the red card was given, because he didn’t touch Ilicic at all.”
Pep Guardiola also explained why Walker was chosen to play in goal.
“Walker was suggested because of his courage and he’s quick. Congratulations to him for helping the team and going in this position,” he said.
Several more City stars discussed Walker’s exploits, including the man of the hour himself, and you can see them below:
If there is, he hasn’t found it
No one saw it coming
The club account even got involved!
A helping hand
We’ll never see anything like this again
A legend enjoyed it too