Bundesliga outfit Werder Bremen had to make do without first choice goalkeeper Tim Wiese in Sunday's league game against Koeln but youngster Sebastian Mielitz stepped up to replace the German international between the sticks with aplomb.
The 20-year-old put in a superb performance and helped his side to a scoreless draw by denying Milivoje Novakovic in a one-on-one early in the second half.
"I tried to pressure him and took a couple steps towards him. Then I stood still a while and it worked. It’s better that those kinds of chances don’t even come about though," said Mielitz on the official Werder Bremen website.
"I had a bit of luck on my side today. The new World Cup ball we used is just a ball. It comes at you and you have to block it away.
"Hoffenheim goalie Timo Hildebrand said that the ball was a catastrophe for goalkeepers, but I can’t really say anything to that. I really didn’t have it in my hands much today.
"Koeln hardly shot on goal, but I was alert whenever needed. I'm very happy to have made my Bundesliga debut."
Stefan Coerts, Goal.com