October 24, 2017

Goalkeeper’s celebration cut short as ball bounces back into empty goal after hitting crossbar

by Neha Monga

A Thai goalkeeper was in for a not so pleasant surprise when his celebration for missed penalty shootout kick was cut short when the ball freakishly spinned off the crossbar into the empty net.

The U-18s semi-final match between Bangkok Sports Club and Satri Angthong on October 21, was still level at 2-2 after 90 minutes, when the two teams went to extra time and penalties to decide a winner.

Playing for Satri Angthong against Bangkok Sports Club, the goalkeeper thought his side were on the verge of victory after a Bangkok player crashed a penalty against the bar with the teams tied at 19-19 in a penalty shoot-out.

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The Angthong keeper raced from his goal in celebration at what he thought was a long and hard-fought victory for his team when the ball came down to ground and spun back into the unguarded net.

The goalkeeper realised his error, turning around in attempt to retrieve the situation but it was too late. He could only watch on as the ball bounced near the penalty spot and spin back towards the unguarded net.

It was then the penalty-taking goalie’s turn to celebrate, sinking to his knees and being hugged by a teammate.

To make matters worse, Satri Angthong then missed their next penalty to book their place in the final.

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“The penalty shootout was going on for a long time,” Phakawat Kunpatee, who uploaded the bizarre footage, said. “Both teams scored their penalties. They were good quality. Then it looked like the other team had lost because they missed.

 “Everybody thought it was over and the crowd was cheering. The ball bounced and then started going backwards. The crowd saw it but the goalkeeper didn’t.

“It went back into the goal then the other team missed. It was funny, but the goalkeeper felt like a bit silly after. He looked like he was going to cry.”

A video of the bizarre penalty has been viewed more than two million times on Facebook.

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