Sports 101: Never celebrate too early

Satri Angthong's goalkeeper (left) scrambling back in vain as the ball bounced into his unguarded goal. The Thai prematurely celebrated his opponent's penalty, which struck the woodwork, only for it to spin back across the line.
Satri Angthong's goalkeeper (left) scrambling back in vain as the ball bounced into his unguarded goal. The Thai prematurely celebrated his opponent's penalty, which struck the woodwork, only for it to spin back across the line.SCREENGRAB: YOUTUBE/ TIMETOSPORT

BANGKOK • A Thai goalkeeper was left red-faced after sprinting from his goal line to celebrate a penalty hitting the crossbar in a shoot-out - only to watch the ball spectacularly spin back into the empty net.

The Under-18s Cup match last Saturday between Bangkok Sports Club and Satri Angthong had finished 2-2 in normal time, prompting an epic shoot-out that ended 20-19.

The bizarre penalty came early on, throwing Bangkok a lifeline in a shoot-out that they had been on the verge of losing.

One of their players stepped up to take the third penalty knowing a miss would see his team dumped out of the tournament.

He struck the crossbar, sending his opposite number dashing from his line in jubilation.

But in comical scenes, Satri's goalkeeper turned to see the ball bounce near the penalty spot and spin back towards the unguarded net.

He scrambled back as the ball crossed the goal line, sending him to his knees in despair.

"As the ball hit the bar, the penalty-taker's face turned grey because he thought his miss had cost his team the game," said Apinun Prasertsang, a teacher at Bangkok, which is a sports school in the Thai capital.

"But the ball bounced back into the goal as the Satri 'keeper was celebrating in joy."

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

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 25, 2017, with the headline 'Sports 101: Never celebrate too early'. Print Edition | Subscribe