FK Partizani are on to the third round of Champions League qualifying.
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Watch out, Manuel Neuer. There might be a new baddest goalkeeper in the business and his name is: Alban Hoxha.
Okay, so Neuer probably has nothing to worry about, but what the Albanian goalie did on Wednesday in the second round of Champions League qualification was still the stuff of legend.
The Partizani Tirana man didn’t just save three spot kicks against Hungarian side Ferencvaros to help his team advance on penalties. He also converted one to open the shootout. And he did it with a Panenka!
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Wait. A goalkeeper scoring a Panenka in a penalty shootout of a Champions League match? Yes. Please. A thousand times, yes.
Partizani, who are only in the draw because Albanian champions Skenderbeu were expelled for match-fixing, are now just two rounds away from the Champions League proper. If that means we’d get to see more of Hoxha and his ginormous stones, sign us up!