Former Liverpool star saves team from shock defeat to Turkish third division side

Milan Baros

Milan Baros, also a former Aston Villa and Portsmouth player, scored two late goals for Antalyaspor this afternoon.

Liverpool signed talented striker Milan Baros in 2002 and back then he was the talk of the town. He was part of the Czech Republic side that had just won the European Under-21 Championships by beating France in the final.

His career in England was enigmatic. While he failed to produce consistent form whilst at Liverpool, Aston Villa or Portsmouth he was still considered hot property due mainly to his excellent performances for the Czech national team. In 2004 he was part of the Euro 2004 All-Star Team and also finished the competition as top scorer as a highly fancied Czech side lost out to Greece in the semi-finals.

Since those awkward days in England he has forged out a very good living in Turkey with Galatasaray. Revered by the fans he was the league top scorer in 2009 and scored 63 appearances in 116 games overall in his career.

But his injury turmoil took its toll and Gala could no longer rely on him and he was released last season.

The club agreed to the mutual termination of his contract so that the 31-year-old could find first-team football elsewhere and it appeared he would end his career where it started - with a move to Czech outfit Banik Ostrava.

But at the end of the season he decided he wanted to return to Turkey, completing a one-year deal with Super Lig club Antalyaspor this June - joining up with Anton Ferdinand in the beautiful city of Antalya.

And today he did what he does best, scored goals to save the clubs bacon in a Turkish Cup match.

They took on Turkish third tier side Turgutluspor today and at one point were 2-0 down; in fact they were still 2-1 down with 15 minutes remaining.

Up step Milan Baros.

He scored in the 75th minute, and then finished the comeback with a 90th minute strike to put the Super Lig side through - by the skin of their teeth.

It is not the first time this has happened. In the previous round Antalyaspor were taken to extra-time by a fellow third tier side - Korfez FK. But that time they came back to win 2-1 in extra-time.

The difference being, that on this occasion Baros was the undisputed hero.

What was Baros’ most heroic moment at Liverpool?

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