World Cup: Iran defender shoots to online infamy after failed front flip throw-in

Iran fullback Milad Mohammadi launched himself into a fancy front flip, before messing up his execution and failing to throw the ball out.
Iran fullback Milad Mohammadi launched himself into a fancy front flip, before messing up his execution and failing to throw the ball out. PHOTOS: TWITTER/@KASHAVELI_

With his country down 1-0 against powerhouses Spain and just seconds remaining in the World Cup match on Wednesday (June 20), Iran fullback Milad Mohammadi stepped up to launch a long throw.

Mohammadi, 24, kissed the ball and pointed to the sky, hoping to help deliver a priceless equaliser that would have boosted Iran's chances of qualification from Group B.

He then proceeded to launch himself into a fancy front flip, before messing up his execution and failing to throw the ball out.

Spain went on to secure the three points and leapfrog Iran - who beat Morocco in their opening game - to move level with Portugal at the top of Group B.

While Mohammadi's ill-advised move cost his country precious seconds in the dying moments of the match, it immediately shot him to stardom on Twitter, which was immediately flooded with videos of his attempt.

Twitter user Kashaveli posted the video, with the accompanying caption: "It's the very last minute to keep your country's World Cup hopes alive and my man does this I'm screaming".

The clip of his failed throw-in has since received more than 131,000 views and 4,500 likes, with many seeing the funny side of his attempt. Similar clips posted by other users also registered thousands of views on Twitter.

Fellow Twitter user Manny said: "If you missed the Iran player trying to do a front flip on a throw in you basically missed the best part of the World Cup".

 
 
 

Mohammadi, who entered the game as a substitute in the 69th minute, currently plays his club football with Russia's Akhmat Grozny.

While he might be having nightmares about his failed throw, Brazil's Leah Lynn did execute a successful front flip throw-in at the Fifa Under-20 Women's World Cup in 2008.

Her acrobatic long throw reached the penalty box and was headed into goal by a teammate after a flick-on.

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