There were plenty of eye-catching sporting moments from the past week, including bizarre goals in both the Netherlands and England, as well as a tennis player who smashed his racquet in anger. Yahoo Singapore has the details.
Goal-line technology decides goal by closest of margins
Over the weekend in the Netherlands, Eredivisie league leaders Feyenoord claimed a crucial – and highly controversial – 2-1 win over title rivals PSV Eindhoven.
Eight points off the top of the table, third-placed PSV needed to avoid defeat to keep their title hopes alive. The game was tied at 1-1 heading into the final 10 minutes and a draw was looking very likely: that is, until disaster struck in the 82nd minute.
A header from Feyenoord’s Jan-Arie van der Heijden following a corner bounced about before PSV goalkeeper Jeroen Zoet managed to stop it right on the line. But as Zoet got up from the ground, he made the mistake of clutching the ball towards his chest.
That brought the ball over the line, at which point the Hawk-Eye goal-line technology sent a signal to the referee’s watch to indicate a goal, much to the PSV players’ bewilderment.
This makes it one of the most bizarre own-goals ever scored, given the fact that the naked eye would have been unable to spot it.
Goal-line tech ruled this an own goal, effectively ending PSV’s hopes of winning the Eredivisie!
— Scouted Football (@ScoutedFtbl) February 26, 2017
Incredibly, Zoet has refused to accept the decision and blamed the referee for his side’s loss instead of admitting his gaffe.
Height can be a disadvantage in basketball
For as long as the sport has been around, being tall has been seen as an advantage in basketball.
But as 2.21m centre Edy Tavares found out, being too tall can be a problem, too.
Up against 1.75m point guard Nate Robinson in an NBA D-League match between the Delware 87ers and Raptors 905, Tavares was unable to stop Robinson from dribbling past him. And this wasn’t because the 32-year-old Robinson was simply faster.
The 87ers guard appeared to be cornered after being double-teamed by Tavares and a teammate. But Robinson, who has had 10 years’ experience playing in the NBA, got crafty by going through Tavares’ legs, much to the latter’s surprise.
That’s certainly something you don’t see every day.
Luckiest goal in football?
Newcastle United scored what might be the luckiest goal in football, which sparked a comeback in their Championship match against Brighton on Tuesday (28 Feb) night.
Down 1-0 entering into the last 10 minutes of the match, the Toons were frantically chasing an equaliser against Brighton, who came into the game at the top of the table with a one-point lead over Newcastle.
And then came the lucky moment.
A corner was half-cleared by the Brighton defence and the ball fell nicely for Christian Atsu on the edge of the box. Atsu scuffed his left-footed volley and sent the ball towards Darryl Murphy, who, despite sticking his foot out, could not stop the ball.
That redirected the ball towards the unsuspecting Mohamed Diame, and it took a deflection off his foot and looped into the top corner of the goal despite the best efforts of Brighton’s defenders to clear it away.
Newcastle then went on to secure a 2-1 win and take the lead at the top of the league table. What a lucky day indeed.
Tennis player breaks racquet like a twig
Breaking racquets appears to be a favourite activity of many professional tennis players.
This time, it was American John Isner who got in on the act during the ATP 500 opening round. The world No. 22 had lost his first game to fellow American Steve Johnson and was in the midst of losing the first set of the second game when he flared up.
After hitting the ball into the net, he lashed out in anger before smashing the racquet on his leg, snapping it in two in the blink of an eye.
Isner would go on to lose the tie as well. Suffice to say, it wasn’t a very good day on the court for him.
— We Are Tennis (@WeAreTennis) February 28, 2017