A European record set by a former Manchester United player was broken in the 18th minute of Chelsea's match against Atletico Madrid.
When understudy shot-stopper Mark Schwarzer replaced primary Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech on Tuesday, April 22 against Atletico Madrid in the first leg of their semifinal match-up at the Vicente Calderon, the Australian became the oldest ever player to feature in a knockout round of Champions League football.
At 41 years and 198 days, veteran glovesman Schwarzer has a wealth of experience as well as safe hands and had to rely on both these assets in order to preserve Chelsea's clean sheet as the West Londoners take a 0-0 draw back to Stamford Bridge for the second leg next week.
Schwarzer surpasses the previous record set by Manchester United star Edwin van der Sar, whose last appearance in the competition came when he was 40-years-old and 211 days.
Jens Lehmann played when he was 40 years and 127 days old, Ryan Giggs competed when he was 40 years and 123 days while AC Milan legend Alessandro Costacurta played when he was 40 years and two days old.
ALL-TIME RECORD - Mark Schwarzer (41 years & 198 days) becomes oldest player in the Champions League KO stages (overtakes Edwin van der Sar)— MisterChip (English) (@MisterChiping) April 22, 2014