Brazilian Luiz Adriano Scores Classless Goal For Shakhtar Donetsk During UCL Match (Video)

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For all its ridiculous flopping and floundering, there are actually a lot of instances of first-rate sportsmanship in soccer.

Unfortunately, what you are about to witness is not one of them.

Before we get to that, however, let me just explain something. When a player gets injured in soccer, the play is stopped in one of two ways: either the ref blows the whistle, or the ball is deliberately kicked out of bounds as an act of good sportsmanship. Then, when the play resumes, the unwritten rule of fairplay dictates that whatever team had the ball when the injury occurred shall be given possession. That means either giving the other team the ball after a throw in, or giving it to them on a drop ball.

So now lets talk about what happened yesterday during a Champions League match between Ukrainian club Shakhtar Donetsk and Danish club FC Nordsjaelland. After his team took a surprising 1-0 lead, a Nordsjaelland player went down with an injury at midfield. At the time, his team had the ball, so everyone on the planet expected Shakhtar Donetsk to kick it back to Nordsjaelland when play resumed. And indeed, that is what happened. They did the right thing.

But then something crazy happened. Shakhtar Donetsk’s Brazilian international, Luiz Adriano, raced down the filed, intercepted the ball, dribbled in all alone on the keeper, and put the ball in the back of the net—all while the Nordsjaelland players were standing around, utterly confused.

Take a look for yourself:

Is that not one of the most classless moves you’ve ever seen?

And it gets worse! After the goal, Adriano’s equally shocked Shakhtar teammates decided to rectify the injustice by allowing Nordsjaelland to score uncontested. So Nordsjaelland started making their way toward their opponents’ goal. But then the Shakhtar defenders had a change of heart and decided not to concede the goal.

Apparently for Shakhtar, winning is everything and reputation is nothing. And it’s a good thing, too, because after their 5-2 victory, Luiz Adriano and Shakhtar Donetsk are now international pariahs.

Hat Tip – [Dirty Tackle]

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