It had been nearly 17 years since the veteran shot-stopper appeared in the competition

Manchester City goalkeeper Scott Carson has become the player with the largest gap between appearances in Champions League history.

City defeated Sporting CP 5-0 in the first leg of their last-16 tie last month, making Wednesdays second leg at the Etihad Stadium all but a formality.

Carson, 36, came on as a second-half substitute for Ederson, appearing in the competition for the first time since April 2005 when he played for Liverpool at 19 years old.

“Scott is very important,” City manager Pep Guardiola said after the game.

“The reason is the chemistry in the locker room with Eddie and Zack. The people listen to him when he talks and he made the biggest save of the game.”

16 – Scott Carsons only previous Champions League appearance came 16 years and 338 days ago for Liverpool vs Juventus when he was 19 years old; this is the largest gap between appearances for any player in the competitions history. Icon.

Carson, who is Citys third-choice keeper behind Ederson and Zack Steffen, set a similar record at the end of the 2020-21 Premier League season.

Carson made his first league start for City against Newcastle, setting the Premier League mark for the longest gap between appearances for a goalkeeper after last appearing in May 2011.

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