Paris Saint-Germain defender Dani Alves had an unexpected finish to Tuesday night’s French Cup clash against Sochaux.
The Ligue 1 leaders sailed into the last eight of the competition as hat-trick from Angel Di Maria helped them on their way to a 4-1 win against their second-tier opponents, but PSG finished the game with ten men as goalkeeper Kevin Trapp received his marching orders for fouling Sochaux’s Thomas Robinet outside of the penalty area.
Although PSG had regular first choice keeper Alphonse Areola on the bench, PSG had used up all three of their substitutes – so it was left to Alves to fill in between the posts to close out the match.
Fortunately for the 5 foot 7 Brazilian right-back, the game was into injury time by the time he was forced to don the gloves – and with PSG already 4-1 up past the time it was safe to assume that the visitors had the game wrapped up.
His main contribution in goal was to set up the wall for the Sochaux free kick in the aftermath of Trapp’s red card, which patently did its job as Jeando Fuchs’ effort was cleared away comfortably.
Unai Emery’s side now move one step closer to defending the trophy, while Alves’ first (and likely only) appearance as a goalkeeper ended with a clean sheet.