Semi-professional club Greys Athletic, a member of the Ryman League, trailed 2-1 to Hampton & Richmond Borough last week. That was before Mark Bentley came on.
Their manager, apparently nicknamed “Super Bento,” substituted himself onto the field in an attempt to shore up the midfield and with a view towards getting back into the game. Little did he know he would be embarking on a journey that would wrap up with the 37-year-old validating his nickname.
He scored a header off a corner to level the score at 2-2. Then, with his goalkeeper having been sent off with nine minutes to go, he donned the gloves and awkwardly saved a penalty (albeit, a pretty awful penalty). They defended the even scoreline a man down for nine minutes, and to cap it all off, Greys ended up winning on a last-minute goal from teammate Joao Carlos that proved the final kick of the game.
A truly heroic effort that was captured on video, you can see below. To give you an idea where this sits, the Ryman League, along with two other leagues it forms the seventh and eighth tier of English soccer. Bentley has been playing professionally since 1998, for clubs such as Aldershot Town, Cambridge United, Gillingham, and Dagenham & Redbridge.
Karim Benzema bagged a hat trick (WATCH HERE) — his 19th, 20th and 21st goals of the league season (second-most, 12 behind Lionel Messi) — to send Real Madrid to a comfortable victory over Athletic Bilbao at the Santiago Bernabeu. The result also keeps Los Blancos within four points of capital rivals Atletico Madrid in something of a battle for second place behind runaway leaders Barcelona.
Benzema has scored 10 goals in his last seven La Liga appearances, a run in which Madrid have complied a 5W-1D-1L record. Benzema failed to score in Zinedine Zidane’s re-debut as Madrid manager, but has scored eight goals in five games since.
Sunday’s game marked the 300th league appearance for midfielder and 2018 Ballon d’Or winner Luka Modric in a Real Madrid shirt.
Sevilla’s hopes of returning to the UEFA Champions League following a one-year hiatus took a serious hit on Sunday, as Pablo Machin’s side was hammered by Getafe, the side which now occupies fourth place, two points ahead of them. Getafe continue to enjoy their meteoric rise through the Spanish ranks, as they were competing in the second division this time two years ago.
Two of the three goals the scored on Sunday came from the penalty spot, as Jaime Mata and Jorge Molina converted in the 35th and 45th+4′, respectively. Molina completed the scoring eight minutes into the second half.
Elsewhere in La Liga
Real Betis 1-2 Valencia
Levante 2-2 Espanyol
Villarreal 2-1 Leganes
Liverpool beat Cardiff City 2-0, scoring a pair of second half goals to go back atop the Premier League before Manchester City plays its final match-in-hand of the season in a midweek Manchester Derby.
“It was prepared to be a proper banana skin and we knew that, the boys were unbelievable,” Klopp said after his team kept a second consecutive clean sheet.
He insists that he’s not feeling pressure as Liverpool may need to win every one of its matches and get help to capture its first Premier League crown.
“I only know about me and I didn’t feel it (the pressure) we have to do it like we do it. We cannot change it. The boys try really with all they have, we only speak about the things we have to do. Their attitude is outstanding and it’s a tough season but a very positive one as well.”
Liverpool has two banana skins left, a visit from Huddersfield and trip to Newcastle, closing out the league slate with Wolves at Anfield.