With the EPL taking a break, the world tuned into various tournaments as different teams clashed in global face-offs during the FA Cup and UEFA Champions League matches. We followed the action and broke down the big moments as well as top performances between the posts.
Check it all out below, and as always, you can directly shop the featured gloves using the links at SOCCER.COM.
Fraser Forster, Southampton
Under Armour made a big announcement at the end of last week with the signing of Southhampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster. The Saints’ man in net will be decked out in UA, topped off with new gloves and the new ClutchFit Force 3.0. His debut as an Under Armour athlete will be Sunday, against Manchester United in the Football League Cup Final.
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John Hall, Adelaide United
Adelaide United goalkeeper John Hall got a lot of attention this weekend after making an incredible, but painful save in their match against Newcastle. Hall was caught off his line and the ball was chipped over his head by Newcastle attacker, Morten Nordstrand, for what looked like a sure goal for the Jets. Hall was able to back pedal and make a great recovery to tip the ball over the net, just before his head slammed into the post in a nasty collision.
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Hall recovered and finished out the game and Adelaide United went on to win the match 1-0, thanks to Hall’s sacrifice. Do it for the shutout.
Wayne Shaw, Sutton United
Sutton United second string keeper, Wayne Shaw, earned some time in the spotlight after the pie-eating scandal which is now known as #PieGate. Shaw, at a unique 46 years old and 280 pounds, was shown on live television eating a meat pie during Sutton United’s game against Arsenal. With a face full of meat pie, Shaw looked on helplessly as Arsenal took down his fifth division side.
Problems arose after it was discovered that he willingly ate the meat pie on the sidelines with full knowledge that there was an 8-1 bet that he would eat one during the game. This prompted an investigation was launched against Shaw by the English Football Association and Gambling Commission. Since then, he resigned from Sutton United, but one thing is certain: Wayne Shaw will go down as the best meat pie-eating goalkeeper in the world.
What did you notice inside the 18 this week? What would you like to see us focus on in the weeks ahead? Let us know in the comments section.