Kerala Blasters FC’s Albino Gomes created history as he became the only goalkeeper to save four penalties in a single Indian Super League (ISL) season.

Albino Gomes has now made the most penalty saves (5) in the history of ISL. He achieved this incredible feat when he saved a crucial penalty taken by Mumbai City FC talisman Hugo Boumous in their 2-0 loss at the GMC Stadium in Bambolim, Goa on January 2, 2021.

Most penalty saves in each ISL season

Name Season Matches Penalty saved
Mohammad Nawaz (Mumbai City FC) 2021-22 17 2
Albino Gomes (Kerala Blasters) 2020-21 19 4
Gurpreet Sandhu (Bengaluru FC) 2019-20 17 2
Subrata Paul (Jamshedpur FC)  2018-19 15 2
Karanjit Singh (Chennaiyin FC) 2017-18 17 2
Debjit Majumder (ATK) 2016 13 2
Apoula Edel (Chennaiyin FC) 2015 10 1
Arindam Bhattacharjee (FC Pune City) 2014 11 2

The Goa-born shot-stopper has been one of the few consistent performers for the Tuskers in the ISL 2020-21 season, saving penalties against NorthEast United, Chennaiyin FC and Bengaluru FC. His only other penalty save came in the 2017-18 season when he was plying his trade for the now-defunct Delhi Dynamos, stopping the penalty shot of Jamshedpur FC’s Andre Bikey.

SC East Bengal’s Debjit Majumder is second in the all-time penalty saves list, having made three penalty saves in seven attempts while former Odisha FC goalie Francisco Dorronsoro is in the third spot with three saves in nine attempts. SC East Bengal’s Arindam Bhattacharya is the fourth place having made three penalty saves in 10 attempts and Karanjit Singh of Chennaiyin FC completes the top five list with three penalty saves in 10 attempts.

Most penalty saves made by a goalkeeper in ISL history

Name   Club Matches     Penalty saved Ratio
Albino Gomes     Kerala Blasters  37 5 45.5%
Debjit Majumder  Chennaiyin FC 52 3 42.9%
Francisco Dorronsoro Odisha FC 25 3 33.3%
Arindam Bhattacharya SC East Bengal 84 3 30%
Karanjit Singh   Chennaiyin FC  46 3 30%

A penalty save can turn a goalkeeper into a one-game hero but saving several important penalty kicks can turn a shot-stopper into a club legend or a national hero. Albino Gomes has on numerous occasions become a penalty-saving hero for the Kerala Blasters FC in the Indian Super League.

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