Maldavian Soccer Player Turns Epic Penalty Kick Fail Into Legendary Penalty Kick Goal (Video)
I’m not entirely sure whether the penalty kick you are about to see was born out of incompetence or diabolical genius. You’re just going to have to judge for yourself.
On Thursday, the Maldives took on Afghanistan for third place in the AFC Challenge Cup—which is basically the Asian soccer championship for developing countries. Hence Maldives vs. Afghanistan.
When the game ended in a tie, it went to penalty kicks, as soccer games do. And that’s when it happened. A guy named Akram tripped in his run-up to the penalty spot, fell flat on his face, popped back up, and fired a shot past the stunned goalie.
Shootout tied, 2-2.
Take a look:
But wait, is that legal?
A number of internet people have said “NO THAT DOESN’T COUNT!!!” However, rather than take their words for it, I looked it up. And this is what FIFA has to say:
“Feinting in the run-up to take a penalty kick to confuse opponents is permitted; however, feinting to kick the ball once the player has completed his run-up is now considered an infringement.”
In other words, once you reach the ball you have to kick it. But until then, you can start and stop as much as you want. So deal with it, internet. This goal was legal.
Oh, and the Maldives went on to win, by the way.
Hat Tip – [101 Great Goals]