Sevilla goalkeeper Bono makes unlikely hero with last-minute equalizer


Losing 1-0 and desperate to try to recover at least one point of the match, Sevillian goalkeeper Yassine ‘Bono’ Bounou ran down the pitch to join the attack for his team’s final turn.

After some confusion in Valladolid’s defense, the ball found its way to Bono eight yards from goal and the Moroccan goalkeeper displayed striker-worthy poise and poise to insert the ball into the net.

Cue wild scenes as Bono was mobbed by his team and the entire Sevilla bench.

Yassine Bono calmly places the ball at home.

“It’s a feeling that’s hard to describe because I didn’t know how to celebrate it,” he said on the club’s website. “It’s very strange, but hey, my teammates are happy because we deserved more.

“Two years ago I almost scored here with Girona and that memory came back to me, so I was able to come back with the manager’s permission. The goal fell on me and I’m very grateful.”

According to Sevilla, this was only the second time in La Liga history that a goalkeeper has scored in open play, the first being Deportivo’s Daniel Aranzubia against Almería in 2011.

In total, Bono is only the eighth goalkeeper to score in La Liga, with a total of 19 goaltender goals in league history.

This current season also marks the first in which two different goalkeepers have scored, with Eibar’s Marko Dmitrovic against league leaders Atletico Madrid from the penalty spot in January.

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