Trainer Hannes Wolf of KRC Genk made it for goalkeeper Maarten Vandevoordt after his historic but unfortunate Champions League debut. The only seventeen year old Belgian, since Wednesday the youngest goalkeeper ever in the million-ball, went terribly wrong in the away match against Napoli (4-0).
Vandevoordt received the ball in his 5-meter area in the third minute and was hunted down by, among others, Arek Milik. The goalkeeper tried to solve the problem, but Milik was too quick for him and he shot the ball hard and high into the goal.
It didn't stop there, as Vandevoordt was also responsible for the 3-0 at the end of the first half. The talent knocked out José Callejón who had broken out in the penalty area, after which former Ajax player Milik of 11 meters hit the mark.
"I had a short conversation with Maarten on the field and you saw how he picked up after the first sacrifice by making no more mistakes", coach Wolf said to Sporza after the game in Naples.
"I have to look at the penalty error again, but I thought he hit a little ball. Nothing changes. He is a very good goalkeeper and making mistakes is part of it. I have a lot of respect for the way he went after his mistake. "
1Summary Napoli-Genk (4-0)
De Norre: "We are pissing Maarten a bit"
With his 17 years and 287 days, Vandevoordt can call himself the youngest keeper ever in a Champions League match. He beat Mile Svilar from Benfica, who was 18 years and 52 days when he played against Manchester United in October 2017.
Casper De Norre is disappointed that the historic Champions League debut by Vandevoordt is now overshadowed by his blunder in the third minute. The defender of Genk believes that he and his teammates could have avoided that mistake.
"We are pissing Maarten a bit," says De Norre. "The ball might have been able to go forward twice with a long ball. We shouted a bit about ourselves by wanting to defend at the back. Maarten got the ball and so all the pressure came on him. He expected that maybe not."
The defeat was not very expensive for Genk, which already had no chance of hibernating in Europe. The Belgians scored only one point in the six group matches by drawing a draw in the home game against Napoli.
Youngest keepers in Champions League
- 1. Maarten Vandevoordt - 17 years and 287 days (December 2019)
- 2. Mile Svilar - 18 years and 52 days (October 2017)
- 3. Iker Casillas - 18 years and 118 days (September 1999)
- 4. Nikolay Mihaylov - 18 years and 125 days (October 2006)
- 5. Igor Akinfeev - 18 years and 159 days (September 2004)
- 6. Adrian Semper - 18 years and 245 days (September 2016)
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