You will recall Julio Cesar selflessly served up Wednesday night’s sole Champions League goal in the final minute of Inter Milan’s match against Bayern Munich. The clanger seemingly had such an effect on the keeper that he couldn’t even bring himself to fetch his car from the San Siro’s underground car park.
Instead he opted to walk home.
According to a rather flowery translation of a story in Gazzetta dello Sport:
“Into the dressing room, on an evening that had suddenly become swarmed with demons, his brief purgatory before a night of hell spent battling his own remorse.
“Back to his house, where he sought a quick refuge, so desperate was he to reach that small corner of paradise that he abandoned his car deep within the abyss of the San Siro and walked – through crowds of people but alone, just him and his thoughts.”
That makes Mario Gomez’s strike possibly the only goal in Champions League history to be turned into a piece of pulp fiction. Hopefully we will see it made into a nice slab of Film Noir.