Asmir Begovic joined the ranks of goalkeepers to have got on the score sheet on Saturday, except the Stoke stopper didn’t merely score from a goal-mouth scramble but instead from almost the full length of the pitch.
Making the goal all the more incredible was that it came straight from the kick off in Stoke’s clash with Southampton at the Britannia Stadium. After the ball was played back to the Bosnian stopper, Begovic looked to thump a long ball forward and got some impressive distance on the clearance. Southampton’s two central defenders coolly let the ball bounce over their heads, expecting it to be a simple take for their goalkeeper Artur Boruc, but the ball took a far bigger bounce than expected off the turf and went agonizingly over the head of the Pole and into the back of the net. The clock showed just 13 seconds had been played.
It was a goal that bore an uncanny similarity to the one scored by U.S. keeper Tim Howard in Everton’s match against Bolton Wanderers last year.
It was also the perfect way for Stoke to start the match as they were looking to end a run of six Premier League matches without a victory. By half time, though, Begovic’s goal had been cancelled out by a strike from Southampton’s Jay Rodriguez.