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8) The legend of Scott Sterling

As the trainer's sent on to tend to the bloodied custodian, it becomes clear that this is in fact a parody video

In a student galaxy far, far away, the Yale Bulldogs and the North Carolina Tar Heels “tied” at 2-2, resulting in a penalty shoot-out. Yale’s keeper, Scott Sterling, became an instant internet hero when he saved all five penalty kicks. With his face.

Yet this wasn't what it seemed. As the trainer is sent on to tend to the dazed custodian, it becomes clear that this is in fact a parody video. And a very popular one at that: produced by Studio C, the clip amassed 10 million views in 10 days - although producer Jared Shores still gets asked if the video is genuine.

“It’s interesting to see lots of people be like, 'Is this real or is it totally fake?' And we’re like, 'Yeah, of course it’s fake. We kind of write all our sketches with this 'what-if' mentality. What if someone got hit in the face five times on accident? What would that look like?"

9. Triple espresso goalkeeping repels Rennes

Goalkeeper Jean-Francois Bedenik must have been tempted to buy a lottery ticket after making an amazing triple save from a penalty in Vannes OC’s 3-0 win over TA Rennes in October.

An opponent's penalty kick initially strikes the post and then bounces off Bedenik’s back, before he shows cat-like reflexes to keep out the follow-up shots. Funny things happen down in the fifth tier of French football. 

10. Stay on the white line

In a 2012 Bolivian top-tier encounter, keeper Carlos Arias of Oriente Petrolero saved two spot-kicks in vain as he was penalised twice by the referee for stepping forward from his line.

Taker Jose Gabriel Rios must have been relieved to hand penalty duties to team-mate Frontan for the next one, but Arias kept that one out as well. In fairness, he was even more advanced from his line than Jerzy Dudek in Istanbul, but the referee probably couldn't be bothered anymore.

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