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Nottingham Forest star Renan Lodi pulled off one of the most miraculous clearances in Premier League history – by doing his best impression of Ronaldinho and hitting his own crossbar.
The 24-year-old defender reminded fans of his iconic countryman despite mixing up his feet after a double deflection with victors Newcastle looking to take the lead following a clever Kieran Trippier free-kick.
With spectators waiting for the ball to hit the back of the net after Alexander Isak's shot was saved, it whacked the crossbar and fell into the grateful hands of Keylor Navas as Forest stayed level.
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One fan said: "Lodi doing his best Ronaldinho Nike advert impression nearly gave me a heart attack." A second agreed: "Lodi turning into a peak Ronaldinho."
Another social media user posted: "What a goal line clearance from Lodi.. off his own crossbar." A fourth fan said: "Lodi nearly scored an own goal, off the bar."
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Fans were referring to a famous advert that starred the 2002 World Cup winner in which he repeatedly hit the crossbar – with some questions over its authenticity.
The hosts went on to take the lead through Emmanuel Dennis after Sven Botman's short back pass gave Nick Pope no chance inside the first-half.
Speaking before the contest, Jamie Carragher had a warning for the hosts on Sky Sports in their bid to avoid relegation.
He said: "It will be about games here, their away record is really poor but I think here it's been fantastic. They're unbeaten for a while, they've beaten Liverpool here, taken a point from Manchester City, so this will be a tough game tonight for Newcastle.
"You would say Newcastle are favourites but this has been the ground to pick up points for Nottingham Forest and make sure they stay in this league and I think they still have a decent chance."
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