Neither Kevin de Bruyne, not Harry Caine, not Roberto Firmino. The hero of the day in GB football is Cammy Bell. Yes, for the masses rather unknown person. It is a keeper of the Scottish second division club Dundee United, who saved three penalties at away game in Dunfermline.
To make matters even more interesting, all three peanlties happened from nine to 32 minutes in the first half.
And all three times penalties are performed by different players of Dunfermline Athletic. In the ninth minute Bell stopped a shot by Gavin Riley, in the 27 minute he was more successful than Nicky Clark, while in 32 minute he saved the shot by Paul Mcmillan.
Cammy Bell has spent the last three years in Glasgow Rangers, and this 29-year-old goalkeeper had also played for Kilmarnock, Montrose and Stranraer.
Dundee United celebrated 3:1 victory in today’s match and was otherwise left with ten players due to the exclusion of Dixon in 61. minute. This club, a former finalist of the UEFA Cup, dropped out of the Scottish Premier League last year to lower ranks.
This is not the first defense of hat trick penalties in England. It happened back in the 1909 when Walter Scott, Grimsby’s goalkeeper at the time, saved three penalties against Burnley. Manchester United goalkeeper Gary Bailey saved three penalties in 1980 too, in the match against Ipswich, but he conceded even six goals in the regular game.