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A goalkeeper scoring is a rare sight in football, but two Brazilian stoppers have miraculously managed to hit the back of English nets in recent weeks.
Last month, Liverpool no. 1 Alisson scored a stupendous late winner at West Bromwich Albion on the penultimate weekend of the Premier League season, which kept the Reds' top four chances in their own hands.
This afternoon, four divisions below, Torquay United’s Lucas Covolan netted in the 95th minute to give his side hope in the National League play-off final.
Covolan also saved the first two penalties he faced in the subsequent shootout after a goalless extra-time in Bristol, but his heroics weren't enough to prevent opponents Hartlepool from earning promotion to the Football League in non-league's showpiece event.
From Peter Schmeichel to Jimmy Glass, goalscoring goalkeepers have a special place in football folklore, and Covolan – though ultimately in vain – sent fans wild across the globe by heading in to cancel out Luke Armstrong's first-half strike.
Covolan replicated Alisson's heading heroics to send the National League play-off final to extra-time
Although Covolan didn't get the fairy-tale ending that his header and penalty stops deserved, the 30-year-old Brazilian has had quite the career and already had a connection to Alisson back home before replicating his goalscoring prowess at Ashton Gate today.
While the Torquay keeper was plying his trade with Athletico Paranaense, Alisson was Covolan’s opposite number during a small under-23 tournament.
Jurgen Klopp’s first-choice was playing for Internacional at the time and isn’t the only high-profile name Covolan faced during his years between the posts in his homeland.
Alisson's goal spurred Liverpool on to finish in the top four last term
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Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho was a Vasco da Gama team-mate of his at youth level before he briefly played alongside former Chelsea star Oscar for Brazil’s under-20s.
Covolan’s career path is unsurprisingly a unique one, and he told BBC Sport in 2019: "It was a dream to come and play in England as I always liked English football.
"Then one morning I got a call from an agent, which wasn't my agent at the time, and asked me if I was interested to play in England and of course I said 'yes'."
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In 2016, Covolan made the leap across the Atlantic and linked up with National League South part-timers Whitehawk.
He then joined seventh-tier side Worthing a year later, following a loan spell with Lewes, spending two seasons in the Isthmian League and it wasn't all plain sailing.
"It was a bit difficult at the beginning for me," the Curitiba native admitted.
"But I knew I would fight for it and try to climb again and it would take a bit of time to go step by step."
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At 30, it wouldn’t be unfair to assume that Covolan is unlikely to reach the levels of his aforementioned team-mates and goalkeeping counterpart, but he’s likely still ‘living the dream’ on the English south coast.
"I'd never be jealous of anyone as it's not my character, I'm just proud of them because they really deserve it,” a modest Covolan explained.
"If you're young and you don't have a dream to be a football player, then you're not Brazilian.
"If you don't have a dream you have no point in life, if you keep on your dream and trying to go as far as you can, then if you can't achieve your dream at least you can be close.
"But I've realised that I'm living my dream. I play football, something I really enjoy, and I get paid for it."
At least Covolan got his goal and a small place in English football history.