Thursday, September 14, 2006

Any Goal Is a Good Goal

Soccer analysts will frequently point out when a particularly unappealing goal is scored (like an own goal, for example) that, "hey, it still counts just the same." One wonders if there are any limits on that maxim, given a goal scored in a Brazilian club match last weekend. As you can see from the video, a Santacruzense attack ends with a fierce strike that goes just to right of the goal. The ball boy then rather nonchalantly nudges the ball back onto the pitch and into the goal. As the opposing goalkeeper fishes the ball out of the back of the net, the ref incredibly signals a goal for Santacruzense! It tied the game 1-1. Pretty sneaky use of the home-town kids, no?

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