The striker who went in goal twice in a match, didn’t touch the ball with his hands but won a penalty shootout – The Athletic

Debate will rage long and loud about what exactly constitutes an “everything” match, but how about this: A former Premier League striker is forced to score on two separate occasions after two of his team’s goalkeepers were sent off, the game goes to penalties With him among the sticks, and his team wins – despite the fluffy Panenka.

There weren’t many people inside the new Hatay stadium on Wednesday night as Hatayspor took second place in Ayubspor in the Turkey Cup. But when the story of the revelations is told in the coming years, the number of people who will proudly tell Mami Biram Diouf that they were there to witness the most bizarre nights of his career will mysteriously increase.

Diouf, who may be remembered by Manchester United fans for nine games and one goal under Alex Ferguson from 2009-12, moved to Hatay Sport last year after what we call a “mixed” spell with Stoke City. He’s been a Stoke player for six seasons, and you probably wouldn’t have noticed the last two, given that he’s only scored once in that time.

Since moving to the club located in the southern city of Antakya, the 33-year-old former Senegalese international has been a revelation. Diouf, who also had a loan spell from United to Blackburn Rovers, scored 19 as Hatay Sport last season finished just outside the European centers, already playing six of 13 games in 2021-22. But it wasn’t his strength in front of goal that made this match so memorable.


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