What did we just see? Kyle Walker, yes, Kyle Walker playing as a makeshift goalkeeper. Only in the Champions League. Only Claudio Bravo.
Manchester City wasted the opportunity to qualify for the last 16, drawing 1-1 against Atalanta in Italy following a baffling final 15 minutes.
City took an early lead but were pegged back shortly after half time, before chaos ensued. Bravo, a second-half substitute for Ederson, got sent off, leaving none other than Walker to grab the gloves.
Shall we go back to the beginning?
Before the game had started there were questions raised about whether Pep Guardiola would rest players before City's gargantuan clash with Liverpool at the weekend. Many were left aghast to see a full strength lineup when the team sheets were released.
No sign of Man City resting anyone for the Atalanta game. Its a full strength squad which is only missing the suspended Phil Foden.— Bald in Bergamo (@AtalantaNige) November 5, 2019
Shakhtar & Dinamo will also be in action in the other group game. A draw in this game would be gigantic for Atalanta!#AtalantaMancity #mcfc
It's a strong City side. Interested to see how De Bruyne and Bernardo go in tandem in the AM position. KDBs injuries and the fact both prefer to play on the right of the three means it's not happened too often before.— Dom Farrell (@DomFarrell1986) November 6, 2019
Leicester away last season. That went well...#MCIATA #UCL pic.twitter.com/lFV1kmuzQu
Sterling Is Too Good— The Difference (@CB96_x) November 6, 2019
Manchester City were gifted the chance to double their lead before half time, eventually being awarded a penalty after Sterling's free kick struck an arm inside the box. With no Sergio Aguero in the lineup, the responsibility fell to Gabriel Jesus.
It's probably best to forget all about his weak spot kick.
Think Jesus is smart. Getting the awful penalty out of the way before we head to Anfield on Sunday 路♂️⚽️ #MCFC— tomchadwick (@tompchadwick) November 6, 2019
Gabriel Jesus with one of the worst struck penalties I've ever seen lol— Gummi bears & whiskey (@ChrisPereira) November 6, 2019
That Gabriel Jesus penalty could potentially be the worst penalty if ever seen hit by a professional footballer. Like in terms of technically striking a football, it was was terrible.— Stewart Geddes (@sgeddes1989) November 6, 2019
City fans were also left with their hearts in their mouths ahead of Sunday's clash with Liverpool, as Ederson was subbed off due to a minor injury. Cue Claudio Bravo.
Manchester City's injury crisis continues to get worse, it has been confirmed Ederson was replaced at half-time due to injury.— Footy Accumulators (@FootyAccums) November 6, 2019
Ederson went over to speak to Guardiola during one of the VAR checks earlier but I presumed that was down to a couple of wayward passes, as Guardiola seemed to be gesticulating to show him what he should be doing. If it's an injury then Sunday will be... interesting— Sam Lee (@SamLee) November 6, 2019
The visitors' wasted chances proved costly, with Atalanta drawing the level soon after the break. It was a Chelsea loanee who grabbed the goal, Mario Pasalic converting Alejandro Gomez's wonderful cross to bring the game back into contention. And Chelsea fans made sure that they mentioned it.
49. Goal Atalanta. Pasalic has a free header 8 yards out. 1-1.— City The Fourmidables (@FourmidableCity) November 6, 2019
Pasalic is really balling. can't believe this is also one of our players.— Dr. Kelvin Oghene-Ogaga O (@Gagulus) November 6, 2019
Chelsea is so bless.
Chelsea boy scoring against City Well done Mario Pašalić— ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ (@ChelseaJunglist) November 6, 2019
And then came the moment we had all been waiting for...a piece of Claudio Bravo buffoonery.
The substitute came flying off his line, bringing down Josip Ilicic, and as the last man the keeper saw red.
Claudio Bravo is one of the most stupid guys ever!— Adda Swagz! (@AddaSwagz) November 6, 2019
35 mins from Bravo. No saves, one goal conceded. One red card. Iconic.— Duncan Alexander (@oilysailor) November 6, 2019
Bravo red. City in the mud— Mateo ffs (@zonalman) November 6, 2019
Bravo you fool— I-Yo (@ilemo) November 6, 2019
Then it was the decision of who will step up? And, of course, it's...Kyle Walker.
Bravo sent off for @ManCity and Kyle Walker has gone in goal. Yes, Kyle Walker. Can’t remember the last time an outfield player donned a pair of keeper’s gloves.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) November 6, 2019
Kyle Walker has now made more saves (1) than Ederson and Claudio Bravo combined (0) vs. Atalanta.— Squawka Football (@Squawka) November 6, 2019
Start him at Anfield. pic.twitter.com/t9eR6Qr2s2
KYLE WALKER, MY GOAT ❤️— big girl (@_nomangesi) November 6, 2019
The Champions League just refuses to give up this drama, doesn't it? Ridiculous.