Matthijs de Ligt makes ‘best ever goal-line clearance’ after Bayern error vs PSG

Matthijs de Ligt came to his goalkeeper’s rescue with an unbelievable goalline clearance which preserved Bayern Munich’s narrow lead against PSG.

Julian Nagelsmann’s side came into the contest with a very slender 1-0 lead from the first leg against Paris Saint-Germain. With Kylian Mbappe and Lionel Messi darting about in the Parisians’ frontline, you cannot afford to fall asleep when the ball is in your own penalty area.

And that is exactly what happened to Bayern’s stand in keeper Yann Sommer. Fortunately for the Switzerland legend, the flying Dutchman was there to rescue him.

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As Sommer received a pass in his own penalty area, he tried to open his body out, drop his shoulder, and evade two pressing forwards. However, he made a right mess of it, losing control of the ball and gifting the ball to Vitinha.

With Sommer nowhere to be seen and no red shirts close to his goal, Vitinha looked certain to bag himself a very simple, but vital goal. However, he did not look up before striking and his tame, side-footed effort was miraculously cleared off the line by De Ligt.

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While Vitinha certainly should have scored, the majority of the football world recognised the former Ajax and Juventus’ defender’s heroics. “Our saviour” one very grateful Bayern Munich fan commented. “He was insane for this. I yelled,” another jubilant football supporter tweeted.

“This De Ligt clearance might be the best I’ve ever seen,” said one other admirer who evidently loves last ditch clearances as much as a goal. One very complimentary supporter even compared him to LeBron James, stating the clearance was “LeBron’s chasedown blocks in soccer form.”

However, some supporters tore into Vitinha for not hitting the back of the net. “If I’m a coach and you miss this, just forget about ever playing for me again,” one furious fan wrote, while many others called him some very rude names.

There is no doubt Vitinha needed to put more wellie on his effort, but De Ligt was not even in his sight when he unleashed his effort. If the German giants do manage to hold onto their aggregate lead, that clearance could be enshrined in Bayern folklore forever.

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