Manchester City: Fans react as Scott Carson comes off bench in rare appearance

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‘Best goalkeeper in the world’: Fans react as Scott Carson comes off the bench in rare game for Man City – his first Champions League appearance in 17 YEARS – and make a fine save to preserve clean sheet

  • Scott Carson made just his second Manchester City appearance on Wednesday
  • He came off the bench in their Champions League clash against Sporting
  • He last featured in the tournament for Liverpool against Juventus back in 2005
  • Carson was on the bench for Liverpool’s Champions League win in Istanbul 

Manchester City’s third-choice goalkeeper Scott Carson was handed a rare appearance as he came off the bench in their Champions League clash with Sporting Lisbon.

Carson came off the bench with 20 minutes to go in the second leg which ended as a goalless draw – though City advanced to the quarter-finals with a 5-0 aggregate victory.

It was the first time that the 36-year-old has been involved in a match for City since their 4-3 victory over Newcastle last May – when the Premier League title had already been wrapped up.

Scott Carson made just the second Champions League appearance of his career

Scott Carson made just the second Champions League appearance of his career

But remarkably it was just his second Champions League appearance ever and his first in 6,182 days.

His one and only appearance before this came for Liverpool in a 2-1 quarter-final first-leg victory over Juventus at Anfield back in 2005 – when Carson was just 19 years old, 

He received a Champions League medal that season after Liverpool’s famous comeback victory over AC Milan in Istanbul.

His last appearance came 6,182 days ago for Liverpool against Juventus in their 2005 Champions League winning season

His last appearance came 6,182 days ago for Liverpool against Juventus in their 2005 Champions League winning season

Against Sporting, Carson was brought straight into action, pulling off a superb save to deny striker Paulinho. 

Manchester City fans took to social media to comment on the quality of Carson’s save.

A number of users wrote: ‘What a save Scott Carson,’ while another commented: ‘Scott Carson body on the line.’

Carson made a stunning save from Paulinho during his 20 minute cameo off the bench

Carson made a stunning save from Paulinho during his 20 minute cameo off the bench

Manchester City fan Tommy posted: ‘Scott Carson best GK in the world.’

Another fan described him as the greatest of all time, while Jack wrote: ‘Gotta love a bit of Scott Carson.’

Carson initially joined Man City on a loan from Derby in the summer of 2019, before the deal became permanent last year.

Since his arrival, his start against Newcastle last season, and the cameo against Sporting on Wednesday, are the only two times he’s played in a City shirt.

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