- Bangkok Sports Club and Satri Angthong were competing in a cup semifinal and went to a shootout after regulation. With the shootout tied 19-19, Satri Angthong thought they had put the win away after Bangkok Sports Club’s shot hit the crossbar. Their celebration proved premature, as a bit of backspin helped guide the ball into the net in a surreal scene.
Sports fans have seen many players get into trouble for celebrating too early – from easing up on their run before they reach the end zone to Nick Young’s infamous premature three-point celebration, hubris is a problem that has plagued athletes almost as much as it has the heroes of Greek myth.
The latest entry into this celebrated series of sports stories comes from Thailand, where Bangkok Sports Club and Satri Angthong were competing in a semifinal cup game.
The two teams remained tied at 2-2 at the end of regulation and were still knotted at 19-19 during the shootout when the keeper for Bangkok Sports Club stepped up to the spot in an attempt to put his team ahead. His shot ricocheted off the crossbar and into the air, sending the opposing keeper sprinting toward midfield in celebration.
But the Satri Angthong keeper would quickly regret his decision, as the ball landed with a bit of backspin and began making its way back toward the goal. By the time he realized what was happening, it was too late. Bangkok Sports Club took the lead and would go on to win the game.
As the Daily Main reports, spectator Phakawat Kunpatee, 18, was able to catch video of the bizarre play on camera.
“It looked like the other team had lost because they missed. Everybody thought it was over and the crowd was cheering,” he said. “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 a bit silly after. He looked like he was going to cry.”
It’s a heartbreaking way to lose, and the lesson here is an easy one to learn – don’t celebrate until the result is decided. That said, for the sake of wild highlights like this one, let’s hope not everyone learns it.