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
|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. Chennaiyin FC’s Karanjit Singh is the fourth place having made three penalty saves in 10 attempts and Gurpreet Singh Sandhu of Bengaluru FC completes the top five list with three penalty saves in 13 attempts.
Most penalty saves made by a goalkeeper in ISL history
|Albino Gomes||Kerala Blasters||32||5||50%|
|Debjit Majumder||SC East Bengal||42||3||42.9%|
|Francisco Dorronsoro||Odisha FC||25||3||33.3%|
|Karanjit Singh||Chennaiyin FC||46||3||30%|
|Gurpreet Sandhu||Bengaluru FC||69||3||23.1%|
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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