Svilar becomes youngest goalkeeper to save a Champions League penalty

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Michael Regan
The Belgian teenager stopped a 15-minute spot-kick to set another record in a promising career

Benfica teenager Mile Svilar made history on Tuesday, becoming the youngest goalkeeper to ever save a Champions League penalty.

Facing Manchester United at Old Trafford, Svilar went down to his right to stop Anthony Martial's 15th-minute penalty to keep the score 0-0. 

At 18 years, 65 days, the Belgian set the mark just two weeks after making his Champions League debut.

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Svilar made history a fortnight ago in the reverse fixture against Man Utd, becoming the youngest goalkeeper to ever start a Champions League match. 

The Belgium U-19 international broke the record previously held by Iker Casillas, who made his debut in the competition for Real Madrid against Olympiakos in 1999, aged 18 years and 117 days.

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Just before half-time, Svilar set another record – this time one of the unwanted variety when Nemanja Matic's long-range shot rebounded off the post, off Svilar's back and in for an own goal. 

Svilar moved to Benfica in August after coming up through the Anderlecht youth system. 

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