OUTFIELD football stars volunteering to become emergency goalkeepers were quite common in the 1970s and 80s, but these days it’s a rare sight.
With at least one goalkeeper on the substitutes’ bench, the chances of an outfield player donning the gloves are rare.
But once in a while it still happens – and fans love it.
Standing at just 5ft 6in, the usual full-back seemed almost eager to replace Kevin Trapp between the sticks after the goalkeeper was sent off.
Maybe that’s because the French giants were already sailing 4-1 in the Coup de France against Sochaux.
But he had to deal with a dangerous free kick immediately.
It was blown into the wall, and a few seconds later the whistle blew.
But while Alves’ spell in goal proved short, sweet and uneventful, other outfielders had a lot more work to do when pushed into an alien position.
Tottenham were coasting 5-0 down, and Harry Kane had already scored a hat-trick in the Europa League clash.
But despite a hat-trick in the beating, Kane may be remembered for a blooper when he entered the goal.
Hugo Lloris received a direct red card for bringing down Tasos Tsokanis in the final moments, and Kane took the gloves.
He then let Jeronimo Barrales’ poor free-kick squirm under his body, and the Greeks were finally in the draw at 5-1.
Speaking to ITV 4 after the beating, Kane said: “It was a great night until I got in goal.
“In all honesty, I think I’ll leave that to the keepers from now on.”
John Terry for Chelsea against Reading, 2006
The game will be remembered with horror by fans of these two clubs and the wider footballing world.
With less than 20 SECONDS on the clock, Reading striker Stephen Hunt collided with Chelsea keeper Petr Cech as he was looking for the ball, and the keeper suffered a serious head injury.
Carlo Cudicini was brought in to replace him but ended up being stretched full-time.
The Italian left the field with a neck brace and Chelsea ‘captain, leader, legend’ John Terry entered the goal.
He saw the rest of the match without cashing.
But the game will be remembered for the horror injury that requires Cech to wear a hard hat to this day.
Rio Ferdinand for Man United v Portsmouth 2008
In 2008, Man Utd and England legend Rio Ferdinand took on the goalkeeper gloves when United were in dire straits.
Edwin Van der Sar was injured in the FA Cup quarter-final against Portsmouth.
Then underkeeper Thomas Kusczak was sent off and Ferdinand’s first job was to save a Sulley Muntari penalty.
Although he guessed the right path, the Ghanaian’s kick slipped past his outstretched hand.
This goal 12 minutes from full time eliminated the Red Devils from the famous old competition.
Glenn Hoddle for Tottenham against Man United, 1980
The midfield maestro actually played in goal THREE times during his career with Spurs – and remarkably has never been on the losing side.
As a footballer, Hoddle clearly couldn’t do any wrong.
In 1980, Spurs keeper Milija Aleksic collided with Man United striker Joe Jordan, who suffered a broken jaw, and Hoddle was awarded the gloves.
Time and time again he won the aerial duel with an animated Jordan, while Spurs did their best to avoid shots being fired at him.
The FA Cup game went into extra time with the score tied at 0-0.
But with just two minutes of time remaining, Spurs striker Ossie Ardiles brought home a beauty, ran to celebrate with Hoddle, and the game was over.
niall quinn for Man City v Derby, 1991
Centre-forward Niall Quinn had already scored once against Derby for Manchester City, and he looked like a good bet to add a few more goals to his name.
But then No. 1 Tony Coton was kicked out, it was 6-foot-4 Quinn, who pulled on the gloves when needed.
And it couldn’t have gone better.
The Irishman saved Dean Saunders’ penalty and City won the game with his goal.
David Webb for Chelsea v Ipswich, 1971
Chelsea have been left in a pickle for their league clash against Ipswich.
Regular number 1 Peter Bonetti was injured in the previous match, and with his understudy John Phillips also injured, the club manager desperately tried to recall Steve Sherwood from his Christmas holiday in Yorkshire.
But he got stuck in traffic on the M1, so the gloves were passed to David Webb – to play the FULL game in goal.
He had replaced Bonetti between the sticks in the previous game against Coventry – and obviously quite impressed.
Incredibly, the defender kept a clean sheet on the muddy pitch and Chelsea won 2-0.
Cosmin Motifor Ludogorets vs Steaua Bucharest, 2014
Cosmin Moti will enter the folklore of the Ludogorets for having made history on his own.
The Bulgarians faced Steaua Bucharest in a Champions League play-off, and with the sides set to head for a penalty shoot-out, tied 1-1, Ludogorets goalkeeper Vladislav Stoyanov was sent off .
Centre-half Moti took over in goal – and ended up being the hero.
He scored his side’s first goal in the shoot-out and then saved two Steaua penalties to send the Minnows into the Champions League for the first time in their history.
Keys of Ludogorets, surely?